Created By: Jordan on June 12, 2011 Last Edited By: Basara-kun on April 28, 2017
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Orc Raised By Elves

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

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Orc Raised By Elves 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, a member of a bad group being raised by a good group. 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. Sometimes the raised orc will confront members of his biological race. Interesting stuff will happen, like the raised orc thinking they're enemies, or potential friends, or wondering why he looks more similar to them than the ones who raised him.

Compare with The Farmer and the Viper, which sometimes overlaps, although that's more generally about evil characters being incapable of reciprocating kindness. See also Raised by Humans and Nature vs. Nurture.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Kakarotto from Dragon Ball, was a saiyajin ("saiya" is a dreadful alien warrior race since birth) that came to Earth as a baby, being founded by Son Gohan, an Old Master martial artist and fighter of Uranai Baba. Part of being hitted hard in his head and raised by Son Gohan, the baby grown as a loving and cheerful child, being renamed by Gohan as Son Goku.
  • in YuYu Hakusho, there's Kurama, a reincarnation of a silver-haired fox demon that born into a human child called Shuichi Minamino. In a beginning, he only would stay in his human body until regaining forces to come back, but the loving cares of his human mother made emotional bonds with her at the point of wanting to save her life when she was ill at the start of the series. First appearing as a possible enemy, when he saw the efforts of Yusuke for saving him and his mother at cost of his own life, Kurama decides to join to his side without hesitation, and later convince demon Hiei to do the same.

    Comic Books 
  • 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.
  • The eponymous character Hellboy, a demon considered as the Anti Christ, who was found by humans as a baby to be later raised to become an All-American Hero.
  • Damian Wayne, biological son of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, was raised by his mother and trained by the League of Assassins as a killer at early age. Without knowing a word of his existence, Damian appears in his 10s in Wayne's house as a ruthless and violent kid left there by Talia to disrupts Batman's work. With his mentorship as well Dick Grayson (who time later will become the new Batman when Bruce temporarily died), Damian made a Heel–Face Turn and eventually became the new Robin, being like an Anti-Hero version of this Kid Sidekick.
  • Just as in the Norse Mythology, Loki from The Mighty Thor was a Frost Giant raised by Odin after killing his father Laufey (except he's a comic book character after all). Same as mythology, Loki attempts to conquer and destroy Asgard and in general the universe. Different from mythology, he also hate his own race (notably seen in Thor movie), especially his Abusive Parent (who Loki also killed in one chance).

    Film — Live-Action 
  • 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.

    Literature 
  • Veil in Outcast of Redwall is a vermin (and thus Always Chaotic Evil) raised by the Abbey Dwellers (generally Always Lawful Good) and is presented as definitely leaning toward evil, but ultimately makes a Heroic Sacrifice. It may be implied that the Abbey Dwellers made him morally ambiguous by treating him with suspicion since childhood, but since vermin are generally Always Chaotic Evil in the series, maybe not.
  • Mr. Nutt in the Discworld novel Unseen Academicals actually is an orc and was raised by humans and Friendly Neighborhood Vampires. He's a stand-up guy, although in this case, it's questionable whether orcs actually were Always Chaotic Evil to begin with.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: A direwolf is a close relative of the wolf, but larger and stronger. Direwolves are extinct south of the Wall, as they are a very large and dangerous predator, and people have probably hunted them out. Robb Stark found a dead female direwolf with a litter of six pups on the path between Winterfell and the holdfast where Gared was executed, these direwolves were raised by the members of House Stark and become mascots and companions of every member of the family. Also, a grey direwolf in a white field is the sigil of House Stark.

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    Mythology 

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons/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.
    • 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.

    Video Games 
  • There's Thrall the Orc from WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos, an orc raised by humans.

    Western Animation 
  • Lilo & Stitch: Experiment 626, a living creature which is capable of creating untold chaos, was exiled to an asteroid, but managed to escape and crashed into Earth, on a Hawaiian island to be specific. Mistaken by a dog and jailed in an animal shelter, soon is adopted by a young woman named Nani and her rambunctious younger sister, Lilo. Soon Lilo named him as Stitch and with the time formed emotional bonds with her at the point of protect Lilo of other menaces, like the Mad Scientist who created him.

Community Feedback Replies: 20
  • June 12, 2011
    cocoy0
    Perhaps you remember Thrall the orc from Warcraft 3: Reign of Chaos? He was an orc raised by humans, though.
  • June 12, 2011
    NoirGrimoir
    • 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
    heimdall
    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
    Jordan
    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
    Fanra
    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
    JohnDiFool
    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
    Mozgwsloiku
    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
    arromdee
    The Stargate Atlantis episode where a wraith girl was raised by humans.
  • June 15, 2011
    SalFishFin
    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
    jaytee
    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
    Ardiente
    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
    johnnype
    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
    Auxdarastrix
    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.
  • March 1, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Taking this draft to be a trope, adding all the examples that left and modifying the description, but still needs a better one. Any help is welcome ;)
  • March 1, 2017
    Getta
  • April 23, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Bumping this with some interesting examples I found. As said before, any new examples or a better explanation is welcome
  • April 27, 2017
    Basara-kun
    Adding Loki from The Mighty Thor comics, since this wouldn't complete if there's already the Norse Mythology and the Marvel Cinematic Universe versions. I think this is more than ready, just looking a good image and then relesing this (Loki maybe?). Thanks to all for your examples and hats ;)
  • April 27, 2017
    Getta
  • April 27, 2017
    Basara-kun
    ^Added + a new reference about Lilo And Stitch which I noticed it fits here. Now seeing which image to use, any ideas of which character to use here??
  • April 28, 2017
    Getta
    Sometimes the raised orc will confront members of his biological race. Interesting stuff will happen, like the raised orc thinking they're enemies, or potential friends, or wondering why he looks more similar to them than the ones who raised him.
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