Created By: Jordan on June 12, 2011 Last Edited By: Ekuran on June 16, 2011

Orc Raised By Elves

A member of an (Always) evil group being raised by good people

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I don't think this exists, but basically, this is the opposite of Raised by Orcs. In that trope, someone who is from a good group is raised by villains; this is the opposite.

This trope, like the other one, gets into the nurture/nature issue. Sometimes, the "orc" will turn out good, thanks to their upbringing, but at other occasions, being evil is In the Blood.

Compare with The Farmer and the Viper, which sometimes overlaps, although that's more generally about evil characters being incapable of reciprocating kindness.


  • In the New Gods series, Orion is this, being part of an experiment/peace deal that also included Raised by Orcs. Scott Free was the son of one of the benevolent deities and was given to be raised by the Evil Overlord Darkseid. Darkseid's son, Orion, was raised in his place. Both of them grow up to be heroes.

  • This is interestingly presented in Thor. Loki had always felt different but never realized he was a Frost Giant, since his Shapeshifting powers disguised his true appearance. When he discovers the truth, he's furious, especially because while Odin loved him, Odin is right that he was more or less taken as a bargaining chip to guarantee good behavior by the Frost Giants. Loki goes on to make a deal with the Giants and allow them to invade Asgard which is actually part of a Batman Gambit- Loki hates Frost Giants and in a twisted way of proving his loyalty to Asgard, planned to wipe out his own species.


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  • June 12, 2011
    Perhaps you remember Thrall the orc from Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos? He was an orc raised by humans, though.
  • June 12, 2011
    • In the Thor film, and probably the comic book, Thor's brother Loki who is an ice giant and the son of the Ice Giant king who Odin took and adopted after the war with Jotunheim, hiding his give-away appearance and not telling him about it. The Ice giants are Always Evil and of course Loki ends up being the Big Bad of the movie.

    I added spoilers since it's still a pretty new movie.
  • June 12, 2011
    Thrall doesn't apply because the Warcraft 3 orcs aren't always chaotic evil. They can become that, if infused with demon corruption, but they are not inherently evil.
  • June 12, 2011
    Just thought of another one (think he might also be an Anti Anti Christ)- Hellboy, a demon raised to become an all-American hero.
  • June 13, 2011
    In that trope, someone who is from a good group is raised by villains; this is the opposite.

    Worf of Star Trek The Next Generation is a Klingon (who were the villains in Star Trek The Original Series and only slowly later became allies of the Federation) raised by humans.
  • June 13, 2011
    They tried this with a Jem Hadar baby in Deep Space 9, but the Founders had genetically engineered them to hate all non-Founders, and the attempt to raise him like Worf failed.
  • June 15, 2011
    In Forgotten Realms, one elven mage managed to raise a good red dragon (using magic to supress his genetic evil tendencies) sadly, "a red dragon who never knew greed or malice" matched a Curse Escape Clause to a magic prison holding a trio of very powerful fiends.
  • June 15, 2011
    The Stargate Atlantis episode where a wraith girl was raised by humans.
  • June 15, 2011
    In The Outcast of Redwall, Veil is a ferret (one of the Always Chaotic Evil "races" in that universe) raised in the Abbey.
  • June 15, 2011
    Discussion of Film/Thor should be under Film, not mythology, considering it's a movie adaptation of a comic book adaptation of mythology
  • June 16, 2011
    It's also a really really moving and tragic example. It was gloriously awesome too.

    Oh, sorry, Gushing Aboutshows You Like is for the Sugar Wiki, I should know better. Was going to add Nutt when I saw the title...
  • June 16, 2011
    How about Drizzt Do'Urden, a drow? Although technically an "adult" when he makes it to the surface he is adopted by Bruenor Battlehammer a dwarf and taught to be a productive member of society.
  • June 16, 2011
    Drizzit was raised by Drow and turned good on his own, which is why he choose to leave drow culture. He also a good mentor (a ranger, I think) before he ended up with Bruenor, if I recall correctly.