Created By: PhilHair on November 18, 2012 Last Edited By: DAN004 on November 11, 2015
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Predator Turned Protector

A predator character for some reason chooses to protect their prey

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For once in a while, a predator may refuse to harm his natural prey or enemy, instead choosing to protect it.

The reasons may vary widely: the two develops kinship to each other, the "prey" is an orphan/has Parental Abandonment, the predator being helpless and the prey comes to help him, etc. The protection may extend to only one individual, to a small group (such as a family), or to the entire species or group. Said protection likely will include protection against the predator's own kind (related to Hunter of His Own Kind).

This trope is different than Morality Pet in that the decision to become a protector is irrevocable and is likely to invoke a Heel–Face Turn on the part of the predator. Said protection may be permanent or temporary depending on whether the predator's intent is to return the Prey back to his family, group, or natural environment. (The intent is always what's best for the prey, yet another difference between this trope and Morality Pet.) Failure to protect the prey will cause anguish to the predator, especially if he has to watch. The younger/more helpless the prey, the more extreme, the more violent the predator will be in protecting him, up to full on Papa Wolf or Mama Bear.

A predator is almost by definition badass, but a predator lacking fear and not even caring if he lives or dies is both unpredictable and scary. This trope seldom or never involves a sexual attraction/ relationship between the two, and the predator may not even like the prey. Predators tend to be solitary hunters, but a Predator turned protector will both accept and solicit assistance in protecting the prey. The conclusive proof that that the trope applies is change: the predator is unable to return to his former ways at the end.

More cynically, any Empire will do this for its new subjects when it is well established simply because they are now taxpayers instead of prey. In another case, a predator may simply try to protect their prey from other predators so that he can have the prey all by himself.

Supertrope to Androcles' Lion, sister trope to Friendly Neighborhood Vampire. Expect Hitman with a Heart to do this a lot. When applied to hostage situations, this becomes Lima Syndrome. Animal examples will frequently overlap with Carnivore Confusion. Compare Bad Guys Do the Dirty Work where the bad guys saved the good guys from having to Shoot the Dog, often without meaning to help in the first place. Compare also In Love with the Mark when the would-be killer falls in love with the target.


Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • Naruto: the Nine Tailed Fox is originally a gigantic beast that is hostile to human society, but after he's sealed in Naruto's body, he's forced to protect Naruto from within and give him support in dire needs, because if Naruto dies, so will him.
  • Gabu from Arashi No Yoru Ni is a wolf and his best friend, Mei, is a goat. They form an Odd Friendship and end up running off together to avoid their families, and societies, disdain. For much of the series they're being tracked by Gabu's pack and Gabu does protect Mei from them in his Big Damn Heroes moment
  • In Hellsing, Alucard, a vampire, is forced to save humanity from evil Nazi vampires.

Film - Animated
  • In Monsters, Inc., Sulley (a monster whose job is scaring children) chose to be a protector to Boo (a human child). His objective was to protect Boo and return her to her home and family. His reactions upon "seeing" Boo crushed was a Shout Out to Feed the Kitty (below). In the film's climax, Sulley went full Papa Wolf to protect Boo. He even said "Nothing else matters."
  • Ice Age: Diego (a saber-toothed cat) helped Manny (a mammoth) and his 'herd' to return a human child to his father, despite having been ordered to deliver the child to Diego's pride to be eaten. Although Diego had no particular love for the child, he did act as a protector, though more out of loyalty to Manny's 'herd' than anything else.
  • In An American Tail, Tiger (a cat) and Fievel Mousekewitz (a mouse) had become friends. In the sequel, An American Tail: Fievel Goes West, Tiger chose the role of a Protector, directly opposing other cats (all more badass than Tiger) to save Fievel, his family, and the other mice in town. To do so, Tiger took a level by learning how to be a dog. In the film's climax, Tiger tried to stop the killing of all the town's mice, and what started out as a last stand turned into a curb-stomp battle as first the training kicked in, then Tiger entered unstoppable rage and became a one-cat army. This is a milder form of the trope since Tiger never sought to harm Fievel (or apparently any other mouse), but cats are predators of mice, and Tiger opposed other cats to protect mice, so the trope definitely applies.
  • The protagonist of Dreamworks' How to Train Your Dragon constructs a weighted-net launcher that successfully knocks a dreaded Night Fury dragon out of the sky during a dragon raid. Hiccup ventures into the hills to find the fallen dragon and slay it. Upon finding his objective, however, Hiccup takes mercy on the creature, and actually works to hide it from his fellow Vikings.
  • When young Hogarth encounters Brad Bird's The Iron Giant, he finds the robot to be docile and childlike; this is suggested to be the result of a dent in its head upon landing on Earth. However, once the robot goes into Papa Wolf mode, it deploys enough advanced weaponry to eradicate a battalion with frightening ease. The director's commentary mentions that the robot was meant to be a military strike probe, designed to eradicate or decimate resistance as a precursor to an Alien Invasion. Fortunately for everyone, The Power of Friendship restores the robot to its Gentle Giant mode, whereupon it makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save the townsfolk.
  • In The Lion King, Simba the lion fiercely protects his surrogate parents, Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat, from the hungry lioness Nala. In fact Timon, initially reluctant to adopt the orphaned Simba due to him being a predator, changes his mind after he realizes he can exploit this trope.
  • In Madagascar, Alex the lion's friendship with Marty the zebra is threatened when Alex's Horror Hunger kicks in after they arrive into the wild. However, when Marty is attacked by a pack of fossa (Madagascar's native predators), Alex comes to his rescue in a Big Damn Heroes moment.

Film - Live-Action
  • Schindler's List: An extreme example heavily based on real events during WWII. Oskar Schindler started as a businessman and Nazi Party member in Nazi Germany, manufacturing war material. When he discovered that his Jewish employees were slated for death, he did everything in his power to save as many as he could. At the end of the movie, what should have been his moment of triumph for saving more than 1000 Jews instead saw him breaking down in sorrow and shame that he didn't save more, that he still had anything (money or possessions) to his name (by which he could have saved more).
  • Demonstrated while being subverted in the first 3 Terminator films.
    • In the first film, the T-800 (the titular Terminator) was a cold, emotionless, killing machine whose sole existence was to kill Sarah Connor and thus prevent John Connor from being born and creating the resistance in the future.
    • In the second film however, the T-800, while still emotionless, was now a protector of the now-born John Connor and his sole purpose was to protect him from the more dangerous T-1000.
    • Fully Justified in the third film as the T-850 reveals that he killed John Connor in the year 2032. During that time though, he had been reprogrammed by Kate Brewster (John Connor's wife) to prepare and protect John and Kate from the inevitable Judgement Day.
  • In King Kong, Ann Darrow is intended to be a Human Sacrifice to the eponymous giant ape. However, he is mesmerized by her beauty and becomes her protector, defending her from the dinosaurs and other monstrous beasts of Skull Island.
  • In Snowpiercer Curtis Everett plays this role for Basile, whom mother he killed so that he could eat him because of the dearth of food during the first month.
  • Jurassic World: While hunting the Indominus Rex, Owen is forced by Hoskins to use his pack of raised Raptors, (Blue, Charlie, Echo, and Delta,) in assisting everyone in hunting down the Dinosaur with them. After finding it however, the Indominus Rex manages to persuade the Raptors into turning on their Human owners (due to said Indominus Rex being part-Raptor too,) and all Hell breaks loose. However after Hoskins is killed by Blue, the Raptors come back to their senses and they turn on the Indominus in order to protect Owen, Claire, Gray, and Zack from it.

Literature
  • Harry Potter: Snape, as a Death Eater, found to his horror that his own actions marked the woman he loved (Lily Evans Potter) for death, causing a Heel–Face Turn. His actions were not enough to save her, so despite hating her son, Harry Potter (whose father, James Potter, had made Snape miserable at Hogwarts), Snape acted through the entire series to save Harry from all harm.
  • Twilight: The Cullens, a coven of vampires, are 'vegetarians' (do not drink human blood) due to choice and a treaty with the local werewolves and even act to protect a human (Bella), thus fitting (if loosely) under this trope.
  • Animorphs: One story has Tobias struggle with his dual hawk/human nature, trying to attack a baby rabbit but crashing into the ground each time. In the end, he kills the mother (from the hawk's viewpoint this is beyond stupid, as she could have produced more food) but watches over the babies. In another, Cassie learns of the location of skunk kits (their mother was hit by a Yeerk weapon) when Tobias says he caught and ate one. He ends up helping to guard them until the mother comes out of the vet clinic.
  • In Arcia Chronicles, Roman summons a lynx from the woods and binds its being to Prince Stefan, turning it into his supernatural protector. When Stefan is killed, the lynx transfers its loyalty to Gerika, his beloved.
  • In Mrs Frisby And The Rats Of Nimh, Mrs. Frisby the mouse saves her family using advice received from the Great Owl, whose usual diet includes mice. He's later revealed to be an ally of the rats, which he'd also normally be expected to eat.
  • Alluded to in Children of the Night. One of the psivamps has been fighting his need to feed, and the others realize once he heads back to their base that he's given in. He tells them a folk tale about a lion cub adopted by a herd of sheep, who grew up thinking he was a sheep until the day a pack of wolves attacked the flock. The others figure he's gone over to their side, he doesn't bother telling them that the story ends with the lion killing all the wolves. (He'd chowed down on a couple rapists so he could act as The Mole.)
  • In A Brother's Price, Jerin's grandfather Alannon was kidnapped by enemy spies. This ensured his survival when the castle he had lived in was conquered. Since the enemy spies wanted a husband, they never turned him in to their superiors, but married him and did everything in their power to make him happy.
  • Subverted in the Hurog series, Jakoven reminisces about how he comforted a boy who had been raped and whose parents had been killed by Jakoven's own armies. However, when this happens, it is pretty clear that he sexually abused the boy, and has been keeping the (now adult) man as his sex slave ever since.

Live-Action TV
  • On Buffy the Vampire Slayer Angel is a vampire who is out to save humans from vampires and other nasties.
    • In later series, Spike develops a crush on Buffy, who is the natural predator of his species. As a result, he stops rooting for her death and starts protecting her, oftentimes against her will. He also starts acting as something of an older brother to Buffy's sister, to the point where Buffy drops her off at Spike's when she needs a babysitter - because the evil monster that lives on human blood will protect her.
  • In the eighth series Doctor Who episode 'Into the Dalek', the eponymous Dalek decides to protect the other sentient species in the universe and destroying its Dalek brethren after seeing true beauty. However, its just a temporary glitch that the doctor manages to fix, resulting in the death of most of the people on the ship.
  • On True Blood, after much of the world's vampire population becomes infected with Hep-V, which causes them to become violent, vampire Jessica Hambly vows to protect the Bellefleur family as her penance for previously killing three of Andy's daughters.
  • Forever Knight. An 800 year old vampire named Nick Knight is a police detective protecting the citizens of Toronto. He seeks redemption for all of the human beings he's killed over the years.

Video Games
  • MetroidFusion: The SA-X, which had spent the entire game hunting Samus, shows up at the last second to defend her from a very aggressive Omega Metroid

Web Comics
  • Rudy Dewclaw from Bill Holbrook's Kevin & Kell is a young wolf, who'd usually prey upon herbivores. However, when Lindesfarne, a hedgehog adopted by his stepfather, is menaced by a trio of felines, Rudy leaps to her defense. It's a case of pack loyalty overriding the food chain.

Western Animation
  • In Feed the Kitty (a classic Chuck Jones short), Marc Anthony (a bulldog) sought to protect Pussyfoot (a kitten). When it appeared Pussyfoot was killed, Marc Anthony suffered grievously. In Feline Frame-Up and Cat Feud (two additional shorts involving these characters), Marc Anthony went Papa Wolf to protect Pussyfoot from another cat, proving that his protection extended only to Pussyfoot. In these cases, tropers may reasonably argue whether Pussyfoot was a Morality Pet only instead.
  • Frequently happens in many old chaser cartoons like Tom and Jerry and Tweety Bird, where they might help a dog that beats ups the cat in return.
    • There are also plenty of episodes where Tom and Jerry, and sometimes even Tom, Jerry and Spike decide a mutual truce, that usually won't last til the end of the episode.
  • Played with in The Simpsons, in that the predator was a protector at first: Santa's Little Helper (the Simpson family dog) runs away from home and gets picked up by Mr. Burns & trained to be one of his new attack hounds. Later, Bart is on Burns' property looking for his missing dog and Burns releases the hounds, now led by SLH. SLH leaps at Bart, but as he's leaping in Slo Mo he remembers all the good things Bart did for him in the past. SLH drops, then turns to his fellow hounds and growls, protecting Bart from them.
  • In Avatar: The Last Airbender, during Azulon's purging of the dragons, he told his son Iroh to kill the last two. He doesn't really want to do it, so he pretends to have killed them while he actually hid them in the Sun Tribe's territory.
  • TazMania: A variation occurs between Taz and Wendell T. Wolf. After Taz eats and then spits out Wendell, Wendell decides that Taz should become his protector, only for Taz to want nothing to do with Wendell.
  • In the Disney short Lambert the Sheepish Lion, Lambert the lion cub is raised by a ewe. At the end of the short, when the ewe is attacked by a wolf, Lambert gets dangerous and rescues his surrogate mother from the predator.

Real Life
Community Feedback Replies: 95
  • November 19, 2012
    Chernoskill
    The Schindler's List example doesn't work with the current description and especially the title... A predator to his jewish workers, really? I would think this trope could include assassins who meet their assigned target only to not kill him or her and even becoming friends.
  • November 19, 2012
    Chabal2
    • Animorphs: One story has Tobias struggle with his dual hawk/human nature, trying to attack a baby rabbit but crashing into the ground each time. In the end, he kills the mother (from the hawk's viewpoint this is beyond stupid, as she could have produced more food) but watches over the babies. In another, Cassie learns of the location of skunk kits (their mother was hit by a Yeerk weapon) when Tobias says he caught and ate one. He ends up helping to guard them until the mother comes out of the vet clinic.
    • Terminator2: The unstoppable killbot from the first movie now protects his former victim from an even more unstoppable killbot.
  • November 19, 2012
    acrobox
    • This is an extremely old trope: see folk tales about mice (or a similarly small aanimal) pulling a thorn out of a lion (or a similarly large animal like a bear or an elephants) foot or saving them by gnawing through a hunters net and the like, and earning their loyalty and protection.

    • Also directly echoed in many old chaser cartoons like Tom And Jerry and Tweety Bird, where they might help a dog that beats ups the cat in return.
      • There are also plenty of episodes where Tom and Jerry, and sometimes even Tom, Jerry and Spike decide a mutual truce, that usually won't last til the end of the episode.
  • November 19, 2012
    StarSword
    A Hitman With A Heart is particularly prone to this.
  • November 19, 2012
    TwoGunAngel
    When applied to hostage situations, this becomes Lima Syndrome.
  • November 19, 2012
    aurora369
    Err.... Humans? I mean, when we switched from hunting and gathering to farming.
  • November 20, 2012
    MorganWick
    @acrobox: Your first example sounds like Androcles Lion.
  • November 20, 2012
    acrobox
    right exactly. isnt this what this trope is. at least partly. it should at least get a shout out in the description.
  • December 25, 2012
    randomsurfer
    On Buffy The Vampire Slayer Angel is a vampire who is out to save humans from vampires and other nasties.
  • December 25, 2012
    jatay3
    Truth In Television: Sheepdogs.
  • December 25, 2012
    Koveras
    Would this count? In this case, the predator never hunted the target but was bound to him by magic:

    • In Arcia Chronicles, Roman summons a lynx from the woods and binds its being to Prince Stefan, turning it into his supernatural protector. When Stefan is killed, the lynx transfers its loyalty to Gerika, his beloved.
  • June 22, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    In The Faerie Queen, a lion fails to attack Uma and becomes her protector instead because she is a virtuous maiden. He remains her guardian until an evil knight spears him to get at Uma.
  • June 23, 2014
    DAN004
    Where the hell is Arivne when we need him?
  • June 23, 2014
    Paradisesnake
    Namespaced and italicized example titles, Blue Linked trope names mentioned in the description, and moved the Monsters Inc, Ice Age, and An American Tail examples from Western Animation under Film - Animated.
  • June 23, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
  • June 23, 2014
    Snicka
    A similar Real Life happened with a leopard adopting a baby baboon (I can't find the article about that right now).
  • June 23, 2014
    DAN004
    Not sure if this counts
    • Na Ruto: the Nine Tailed Fox is originally a gigantic beast that is hostile to human society, but after he's sealed in Naruto's body, he's forced to protect Naruto from within and give him support in dire needs, because if Naruto dies, so will him.
  • June 26, 2014
    Snicka
    This is a Sub Trope to Heel Face Turn.

    I think some examples, where the predator turning into a protector is a Plot Twist, should be marked as spoilers (such as the Harry Potter example, where Snape's Heel Face Turn in a major plot twist).
  • June 26, 2014
    Statzkeen
    Would Androlecles (sp) and the Lion apply to this?
  • June 26, 2014
    jatay3
    Real Life: Sheepdogs. Instead of preying on sheep they protected them.
  • June 26, 2014
    jatay3
    • More cynically, any Empire will do this for it's new subjects when it is well established simply because they are now taxpayers instead of prey.

    • At a similar but lower level, any modern aristocrat who takes part in philanthropy is likely to have had an ancestor who was a ruthless bandit.
  • June 26, 2014
    Snicka
    ^^^ You mean the Trope Namer for Androcles Lion?
  • June 26, 2014
    StrixObscuro
    Live Action TV
    • On True Blood, after much of the world's vampire population becomes infected with Hep-V, which causes them to become violent, vampire Jessica Hambly vows to protect the Bellefleur family as her penance for previously killing three of Andy's daughters.
  • June 26, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    There are a lot of non-added examples here.
  • June 26, 2014
    Snicka
    Yeah, and the Description should make it clear how this relates to Heel Face Turn and Androcles Lion.
  • July 31, 2014
    DAN004
    Jeez, fix the description plz.

    I guess it's Up For Grabs.
  • August 15, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Who wants to grab it?
  • August 15, 2014
    DAN004
    I will, if nobody beats me to it.
  • August 15, 2014
    TotalDramaRox97
    Would what happened in Avatar The Last Airbender count. Zuko spent a lot of the series hunting Aang and the gang but in the finale he risked his life to save Katara
  • August 16, 2014
    randomsurfer
    • The Simpsons: Santa's Little Helper (the Simpson family dog) runs away from home and gets picked up by Mr. Burns & trained to be one of his new attack hounds. Later, Bart is on Burns' property looking for his missing dog and Burns releases the hounds, now led by SLH. SLH leaps at Bart, but as he's leaping in Slo Mo he remembers all the good things Bart did for him in the past. SLH drops, then turns to his fellow hounds and growls, protecting Bart from them.
  • August 16, 2014
    Chabal2
    ^^ Not sure that would count, since he'd made his Heel Face Turn for some time before then. The time he breaks Aang out (for selfish reasons, admittedly) would be closer.

  • August 16, 2014
    jamescoker1226
    I think "Saved by the Metroid" would be a cooler name.

    A Video Game example exists in MetroidFusion, when the [[spoiler: SA-X, which had spent the entire game hunting Samus, shows up at the last second to defend her from a very aggressive omega metroid}}
  • August 16, 2014
    Snicka
    Saved by the Metroid suffers from Trope Namer Syndrome.
  • August 16, 2014
    DAN004
    Compare Bad Guys Do The Dirty Work (formerly Big Damn Villains, whose name may fit this trope instead)
  • August 16, 2014
    MysteriousMrX
    Added Terminator example
  • August 16, 2014
    oneuglybunny
    Film Animated
    • The protagonist of Dreamworks' How To Train Your Dragon constructs a weighted-net launcher that successfully knocks a dreaded Night Fury dragon out of the sky during a dragon raid. Hiccup ventures into the hills to find the fallen dragon and slay it. Upon finding his objective, however, Hiccup takes mercy on the creature, and actually works to hide it from his fellow Vikings.
  • August 16, 2014
    Morgenthaler
    I potholed the films in the Terminator franchise to their respective work pages.
  • August 16, 2014
    DAN004
    Might be subverted or downplayed
    • In Avatar The Last Airbender, during Azulon's purging of the dragons, he told his son Iroh to kill the last two. He doesn't really want to do it, so he pretends to have killed them while he actually hid them in the Sun Tribe's territory.
  • August 17, 2014
    aurora369
    Real Life: humans to pet rabbits and minipigs.
  • August 17, 2014
    JujuP
    Real Life
    • Eliza Harris was pointed the way to freedom by a slave-catcher after she leaped across a frozen lake with her baby grandchild.
  • August 18, 2014
    Arivne
    ^ Isn't that from the fictional novel Uncle Toms Cabin?
  • August 18, 2014
    IndirectActiveTransport
    I'm not sure this should be considered a "subtrope". Heel Face Turn, as it is used on this wiki anyway, suggests that predators are evil and protectors are good.

    Think about those implications when you're a member of a predatory species (are we all evil because we have K9's and the ability to digest animal proteins?) that's caused multiple extinction of indigenous life by protecting their transported pets (its protection always good?)
  • September 2, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
  • September 4, 2014
    HeroGal2347
    Friendly Neighborhood Vampire may be a related trope, maybe even a subtrope.

    Does the predator have to have "predated" on the species he's defending for this to qualify? As far as I know, at least some of the Cullens were never people hunters, yet they're described as fitting this trope.
  • September 4, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ cuz traditionally vampires feast on humans... right? Not really sure about how common Twilight vampires behave.
  • September 5, 2014
    Diretooth
    This seems similar to Androcoles Lion (Not sure if spelled right.), though it could be a subtrope.
  • September 6, 2014
    HeroGal2347
    ^^ Yes. My point was that the Cullens don't predate on humans, so can they be called predators?
  • September 6, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ If vampires normally feast on humans, then the Cullens' ancestors must've been the ones who stopped the tradition on themselves. So yeah, it may fit here.
  • September 10, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
  • September 11, 2014
    AmbarSonofDeshar
    • Constantly in Redwall. Badgers and birds of prey alike tend to side with the protagonist mice, squirrels, moles, and hares, despite the fact that in real life they would cheerfully eat them.
  • September 11, 2014
    DAN004
    ^ That's Carnivore Confusion. This is when that confusion is done away with the fact that they normally do those predator thing in universe.
  • September 12, 2014
    SharleeD
    • In Mrs Frisby And The Rats Of Nimh, Mrs. Frisby the mouse saves her family using advice received from the Great Owl, whose usual diet includes mice. He's later revealed to be an ally of the rats, which he'd also normally be expected to eat.
  • September 16, 2014
    Snicka
    If the lion example is in the Examples (Real Life section), then the sheepdog example should be moved from the Description to there too.

    And yes, Friendly Neighborhood Vampire is either a Sister Trope or a Sub Trope.
  • September 29, 2014
    DAN004
    Bump
  • October 8, 2014
    MercenX
    A Predator form AVP (Aliens Versus Predator) sees a human woman as a kindred spirit and later sacrifices its life to save hers.
  • October 9, 2014
    SvartiKotturinn
    Needs a pic, and there are plenty of Real Life cases for that.
  • October 14, 2014
    DAN004
    Can anybody suggest one?
  • October 14, 2014
    SvartiKotturinn
    There.
  • October 27, 2014
    DAN004
    Needs another pic suggestions.
  • November 4, 2014
    DAN004
    pmub
  • November 4, 2014
    arivor
    I'm not sure about the use of the word "predator" in the description. Merriam-Webster says: (1) an animal that lives by killing and eating other animals (2) a person who looks for other people in order to use, control, or harm them in some way.

    I'm assuming the description is using definition (1) (albeit at times in a metaphorical way). But for example the Schindler's List and Harry Potter examples suggest that this trope is meant to be a little broader than that. I mean, being a member of the Nazi Party didn't imply going around all day shooting Jews on the street; and serving Voldemort doesn't necessarily mean killing good guys on a regular basis. What I'm saying is, the people in these examples are certainly natural enemies, I'm just not sure the term "predator" fits those situations. Of course, YMMV.

    And just so I'm not just here to complain:

    Live Action TV
    • In later series of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Spike develops a crush on Buffy, who is the natural predator of his species. As a result, he stops rooting for her death and starts protecting her, oftentimes against her will. He also starts acting as something of an older brother to Buffy's sister, to the point where Buffy drops her off at Spike's when she needs a babysitter - because the evil monster that lives on human blood will protect her.
    • In the eighth series Doctor Who episode 'Into the Dalek', the eponymous Dalek decides to protect the other sentient species in the universe and destroying its Dalek brethren after seeing true beauty. However, its just a temporary glitch that the doctor manages to fix, resulting in the death of most of the people on the ship.
  • November 4, 2014
    Snicka
    ^ While it lacks the Applied Alliterative Appeal, maybe Enemy Turned Protector would be a more fitting name (although "enemy" does not imply that it is stronger than its victim). Or maybe Protector Of Former Victim or Defender Of Former Victim?
  • November 4, 2014
    arivor
    Not as catchy, but a lot clearer in my opinion. The latter two are pretty clunky though. Maybe Protecting The Former Victim or Protecting Your Designated Victim. Those... don't sound good either.
  • November 4, 2014
    Snicka
    How about this example?

    • In King Kong, Ann Darrow is intended to be a Human Sacrifice to the eponymous giant ape. However, he is mesmerized by her beauty and becomes her protector, defending her from the dinosaurs and other monstrous beasts of Skull Island.
  • November 4, 2014
    Boston
    Would the Arya and Sandor Clegane plotline from George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire count?
  • November 4, 2014
    arivor
    ^ I haven't seen King Kong, but does Kong actually kill humans usually? Or is that just what the natives believe?
  • November 4, 2014
    Snicka
    ^ As far as I remember, it is implied that Kong killed the previous sacrifices offered to him. It is not obvious if it was intentional or accidental.
  • November 4, 2014
    DAN004
    You say "predator" has two meanings? I say I take them both. ;)
  • November 5, 2014
    Pichu-kun
    • Gabu from One Stormy Night is a wolf and his best friend, Mei, is a goat. They form an Odd Friendship and end up running off together to avoid their families, and societies, disdain. For much of the series they're being tracked by Gabu's pack and Gabu does protect Mei from them in his Big Damn Heroes moment
  • November 5, 2014
    Snicka
    ^ One Stormy Night should go under Anime And Manga instead of Live Action Film.
  • November 25, 2014
    JujuP
    Film
  • January 1, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump?
  • February 3, 2015
    DAN004
    pmub
  • February 3, 2015
    Antigone3
    Alluded to in Children of the Night. One of the psivamps has been fighting his need to feed, and the others realize once he heads back to their base that he's given in. He tells them a folk tale about a lion cub adopted by a herd of sheep, who grew up thinking he was a sheep until the day a pack of wolves attacked the flock. The others figure he's gone over to their side, he doesn't bother telling them that the story ends with the lion killing all the wolves. (He'd chowed down on a couple rapists so he could act as The Mole.)
  • February 4, 2015
    Arivne
    Live Action TV
    • Forever Knight. An 800 year old vampire named Nick Knight is a police detective protecting the citizens of Toronto. He seeks redemption for all of the human beings he's killed over the years.
  • February 4, 2015
    shalashaska
    Video Games Grey Fox is this for Naomi Hunter in Metal Gear Solid. Agent 47 is this for Victoria.

  • February 4, 2015
    shalashaska
    Crap typo Agent 47 is this for Victoria in Hitman: Absolution
  • February 27, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ Context, maybe?
  • February 27, 2015
    Koveras
    Compare In Love With The Mark, where an assassin falls for their target.
  • April 17, 2015
    DAN004
    Bump
  • April 20, 2015
    Gowan
    • In A Brothers Price, Jerin's grandfather Alannon was kidnapped by enemy spies. This ensured his survival when the castle he had lived in was conquered. Since the enemy spies wanted a husband, they never turned him in to their superiors, but married him and did everything in their power to make him happy.
    • Subverted in the Hurog series, Jakoven reminisces about how he comforted a boy who had been raped and whose parents had been killed by Jakoven's own armies. However, when this happens, it is pretty clear that he sexually abused the boy, and has been keeping the (now adult) man as his sex slave ever since.
  • April 20, 2015
    Vios
    If the protection may "include protection against the predator's own kind" (from the second paragraph of the introduction), maybe a link to Hunter Of His Own Kind is relevant there. Protection may not always involve active hunting of threats, but a reasonable number of examples seem to go that way.
  • July 11, 2015
    HeroGal2347
    This looks launchable. Is the sponsor still there?
  • July 11, 2015
    f1shst1x
    I'm pretty sure current sponsor DAN 004 got a YKTTW ban a couple months back, which I guess would leave this open. Don't know if anyone can confirm.
  • August 1, 2015
    ropertroper
    • TazMania: A variation occurs between Taz and Wendell T. Wolf. After Taz eats and then spits out Wendell, Wendell decides that Taz should become his protector, only for Taz to want nothing to do with Wendell.
  • November 7, 2015
    MysteriousMrX
    • Jurassic World: While hunting the Indominus Rex, Owen is forced by Hoskins to use his pack of raised Raptors, (Blue, Charlie, Echo, and Delta,) in assisting everyone in hunting down the Dinosaur with them. After finding it however, the Indominus Rex manages to persuade the Raptors into turning on their Human owners (due to said Indominus Rex being part-Raptor too,) and all Hell breaks loose. However after Hoskins is killed by Blue, the Raptors come back to their senses and they turn on the Indominus in order to protect Owen, Claire, Gray, and Zack from it.
  • November 7, 2015
    DAN004
    ^^^ Hello.
  • November 8, 2015
    DAN004
    Final bump.

    Anything else this needs?
  • November 8, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    Film Animated
    • When young Hogarth encounters Brad Bird's The Iron Giant, he finds the robot to be docile and childlike; this is suggested to be the result of a dent in its head upon landing on Earth. However, once the robot goes into Papa Wolf mode, it deploys enough advanced weaponry to eradicate a battalion with frightening ease. The director's commentary mentions that the robot was meant to be a military strike probe, designed to eradicate or decimate resistance as a precursor to an Alien Invasion. Fortunately for everyone, The Power Of Friendship restores the robot to its Gentle Giant mode, whereupon it makes a Heroic Sacrifice to save the townsfolk.
  • November 9, 2015
    Omeganian
    • The Soviet cartoon The Wolf and the Calf is about a wolf who stole a calf to eat, but ended up adopting it.
  • November 9, 2015
    Snicka
    One Stormy Night, now a Red Link, should be redirected to Arashi No Yoru Ni, which is the work's original Japanese title.
  • November 9, 2015
    oneuglybunny
    Web Comics
    • Rudy Dewclaw from Bill Holbrook's Kevin And Kell is a young wolf, who'd usually prey upon herbivores. However, when Lindesfarne, a hedgehog adopted by his stepfather, is menaced by a trio of felines, Rudy leaps to her defense. It's a case of pack loyalty overriding the food chain.
  • November 10, 2015
    Snicka
    Films Animated:
    • In The Lion King, Simba the lion fiercely protects his surrogate parents, Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat, from the hungry lioness Nala. In fact Timon, initially reluctant to adopt the orphaned Simba due to him being a predator, changes his mind after he realizes he can exploit this trope.
    • In Madagascar, Alex the lion's friendship with Marty the zebra is threatened when Alex's Horror Hunger kicks in after they arrive into the wild. However, when Marty is attacked by a pack of fossa (Madagascar's native predators), Alex comes to his rescue in a Big Damn Heroes moment.

    Western Animation:
    • In the Disney short Lambert The Sheepish Lion, Lambert the lion cub is raised by a ewe. At the end of the short, when the ewe is attacked by a wolf, Lambert gets dangerous and rescues his surrogate mother from the predator.
  • November 10, 2015
    DAN004
    Starting from now I have my own policy regarding my "final bump": It means that the ykttw has 5 hats and no other issues, and only waiting for a few more examples. If the hats go away without any good reason, I'll ignore it and keep launching this later.
  • November 11, 2015
    hamza678
    in Hellsing, Alucard, a vampire, is forced to save humanity from evil Nazi vampires.
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