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The Communist bloc was locked in a UsefulNotes/ColdWar with the Western world for much of the twentieth century. It's no surprise then that Western, and especially American, media tends to portray Communists as [[DirtyCommies the baddies]]. Sometimes, however, fiction shows Communists in a more positive light - or at least, [[AcceptableTargets one more positive than that in which the Nazis will ever be portrayed]] (despite former Nazis similarly becoming American allies - and citizens! - during the Cold War). Maybe agents or soldiers from East and West have to team up [[EnemyMine to face a greater threat]], collectively raising their [[HammerAndSickle Hammers and Sickles]] to defend their people rather than conquering others. Sometimes a non-Communist will find out that the Commies are NotSoDifferent once they get to know them. And sometimes, Western media will simply show Communists to be genuinely decent people who happen to favour a different social and economic system.

Though obviously virtually nonexistent in the Cold War, this was the default portrayal of the Soviet Union during UsefulNotes/WorldWarTwo, during which the United States, Britain, and the Soviet Union fought on the same side against UsefulNotes/NaziGermany. American propaganda of the time heavily emphasized the "strong leadership" and "great industry" of the Soviet Union, while conveniently ignoring the atrocities committed by the Soviet leaders. As a result, many Americans and Brits who ''were'' critical of the Soviet Union--including Creator/GeorgeOrwell--found it impossible to get their work published because supporting the Soviet Union was seen as necessary for the war effort.

Note that this trope applies only to non-Communist media, since [[OmnipresentTropes it's a given for works actually produced in Socialist countries]]. Also, when there's a political system involved and not just individual characters, the trope applies ''only'' if the system is portrayed positively. It can also apply to Communists who live in a non-Socialist country.

Compare HeroicRussianEmigre, when the commies ''are'' actually bad, but the Russian White émigrés who escaped them are portrayed as good guys. Contrast DirtyCommies, RedScare, CommieNazis, HollywoodHistory. Interestingly, the TokenEnemyMinority can overlap with this trope.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In a manner similar to the American-written Soviet superheroes below, ''Anime/BlackLagoon'''s own Balalaika, head of the Russian mob, may count, albeit an AffablyEvil version of this: she is an ex-captain in the [[ItsRainingMen Soviet Airborne Troops]], and almost certainly an ex-Communist Party member (the party itself may be illegal [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp in her time]]), and is downright chummy and friendly with the Lagoon Company's employees on most occasions.
* Soviet pilot Jung Freud in ''Anime/{{Gunbuster}}'' is a uniformed officer and a patriotic communist (of either the Eurasian or East German variety), though her initial prickliness is owed more to her appointed role as [[TheRival the main character's competitor in romance and combat]] than anything ideological, and she very quickly becomes one Noriko's [[JerkWithaHeartofGold dear friend]].
* Various characters in ''Anime/{{Monster}}'' who were formerly members of the rank and file in the Eastern bloc, and [[WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell continue to maintain some loyalty]] to [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp the old socialist system]], are portrayed as well-intentioned and/or reasonable, if still generally flawed in their methods. For instance, General Wolf and his men aid and encourage Tenma in his quest to seek out and kill Johan Liebert (since [[UnwittingInstigatorOfDoom Wolf]] was the one who saved Johan and his twin sister from death during his time as an East German border patrol officer and then left Johan in the care of [[OrphanageOfFear 511 Kinderheim]], thereby allowing Johan to continue and expand on his reign of terror), while the leader of the criminal remnants of the Czechoslovakian secret police, Karel Ranke, [[PragmaticVillainy prefers negotiating with Tenma and Grimmer]] for access to the contents of a certain tape rather than torturing or killing them in pursuit of this information, and later willingly consents to providing Inspector Lunge with information about the Red Rose Mansion and what occurred there.

* The Rocket Red Brigade from the Franchise/DCUniverse.
* Gu Lao, the Socialist Red Guardsman from DC's Great Ten.
* One late-80s storyline in ComicBook/TheFlash involved Wally West working with Fidel Castro to stop alien invaders. Castro then threw him a birthday party.
* Collective Man, a Creator/MarvelComics superhero who is China's equivalent of ComicBook/CaptainAmerica.
** Also, the Chinese Radioactive Man once he joins the ComicBook/{{Thunderbolts}}. He is genuinely more altruistic than his teammates, who are all {{Boxed Crook}}s.
* Marvel's Soviet Super-Soldiers ([[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin a group of Red Army officers with superhuman powers]]) frequently teamed up with the Avengers and other mostly-American heroes against villains that threatened both the US and USSR. Eventually they turned against their government and were replaced by the Supreme Soviets, though after the USSR fell the two teams merged to form the Winter Guard.
* ''ComicBook/TheBoys'' has Vas, a former superhero for the Soviet Union who is an ardent communist and deplores what the Russia of the early 2000s has become. He's also the kindest, most genuine, and most affable character in the comic, with the only possible exception being [[NaiveNewcomer main character]] [[TheCutie Wee Hughie]] himself. Even [[VillainProtagonist Billy]] [[HeWhoFightsMonsters Butcher]], whose plan is to [[spoiler:kill ''every'' person with the super compound in their blood, even his closest friends]], likes Vas.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* ''Fanfic/OnTheShouldersOfGiants'' has the Soviet Union sticking around well into the 22nd century, with the aid of some ImportedAlienPhlebotinum and a [[InstantAIJustAddWater an accidentally-created AI]] who is running their economy more or less single-handed and doing it very well, but the Cold War kind of fizzled out after the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts horde of genocidal alien death-bots]] showed up.
* In ''Fanfic/PacificWorldWarIIUsNavyShipgirls'', there's the Soviet Destroyer Tashkent, who's depicted in a very positive light, as well as becoming the best of friends with [[CaptainPatriotic Maury]].
* In ''Fanfic/EarthsAlienHistory'', the Soviet Union becomes a pretty fair and friendly place as the centuries go by, mostly thanks to the leadership of Superman.

* Despite activating the Doomsday Machine in ''Film/DrStrangelove'', the Soviets did this only because the original GeneralRipper ordered a nuclear attack, [[FailsafeFailure and the "trigger" for the machine was automated]]. Also, both [[NotSoDifferent the American and the Soviet president]] do their best to avoid a nuclear war.
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' depicts the USSR and USA as NotSoDifferent, since both are being fooled by BigBad Sebastian Shaw and both believe they're being threatened by the other. Also, even if Azazel, the only (supposedly) Communist mutant is an evil henchman, he's more on PragmaticVillainy and is definitively better than former Nazi Shaw.
* ''Film/MissionToMoscow'', an American pro-Soviet wartime film, depicts an American diplomat's visit to the USSR in a very positive light.
* The English-language narration track of 1942 Soviet war documentary ''Film/MoscowStrikesBack'' insists on classing Stalin's Russia as one of "the free peoples of the world."
* ''Film/TheNorthStar'' (later known as ''Armoured Attack'') is an American film from 1943 that depicts heroic Soviet resistance to the Nazis. It was recut during the Cold War to remove the pro-Soviet message.
* ''Film/GoodbyeLenin'' takes place during and immediately after the collapse of the communist countries in Europe. Most of the characters seem to be quite okay with the change in leadership and their new freedoms, but the protagonists mother is a loyal member of the communist regime and after suffering a stroke at the beginning of the uprisings, spends the whole transition in a coma. To keep her from having another stroke after waking up, everyone tries to keep the changes secret from her and nobody seems to hold any grudges for her.
* In the ''Film/JamesBond'' films ''Film/TheSpyWhoLovedMe'', ''Film/{{Moonraker}}'', ''Film/{{Octopussy}}'', ''Film/AViewToAKill'', and ''Film/TheLivingDaylights'', the Communist government of Russia is portrayed as a WorthyOpponent and a temporary ally against a greater threat. In ''Film/ForYourEyesOnly'', they were antagonists, but FriendlyEnemy antagonists and ultimately never come to blows with Bond. All of these films were made during the era of detente between the Soviets and the West. The novels which the films loosely adapt, however, avert this. Communists were, befitting a series written and set in the 1950s, the primary antagonist.
* The ''Don Camillo'' stories (but especially the movies) portrayed the conflict between the local parish priest and the Communist mayor in a small Italian town shortly after the end of World War 2. Despite being so different ideologically, the two men respect each other and both are shown to only want what is best for the town people. Subverted, however, in the movie about their visit to the USSR. {{Justified}} by being an Italian series, thus coming from the Western country with the largest and most powerful left wing of the UsefulNotes/ColdWar in which the Communists had gained a great deal of respect by being one of the main forces in [[LaResistance the Resistance]] to both Fascists and, later in the war, the Nazis (and in fact the mayor is a former partisan).
* In ''Film/TheRussiansAreComingTheRussiansAreComing'', the Soviets are clearly more victims of circumstance than villains.
* Greg from ''Film/{{Sneakers}}'' was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally]] a spy from the Soviet Union, portrayed fairly sympathetically. However, since the film was completed only after the end of Cold War, he was changed into a spy operating for the new Russian government.
* A glowing example is ''Film/RedHeat'', a late 80's action-comedy flick (starring Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger, no less) about a badass Soviet police officer sent to America to help capture a notorious [[TheMafiya Georgian drug baron]]. The film is mostly forgotten in the US, but is something of a CultClassic [[MexicansLoveSpeedyGonzales in Russia]].
* Russian spy Kropotkin in ''Film/ThePresidentsAnalyst'' (1967)-he's best friends with his American counterpart as they're often working on the same job on opposite sides. He's determined to get the fugitive doctor to Russia by any means, but would prefer to do it as friends, appealing to his sense of reason and self-preservation.
* The Soviet characters who show up in ''Film/TwoThousandOneASpaceOdyssey'' are friendly enough to Heywood Floyd (remember, [[TheGreatPoliticsMessUp nobody thought the USSR was going anywhere in 1968]]). ''Film/TwoThousandTenTheYearWeMakeContact'' actually centers on a joint US-Soviet mission (to recover ''Discovery'' after the previous weirdness) although in the film version, it's fraught with tension (not so much the Clarke novel, though), reflecting the renewed frosty relations of the countries in the early 1980s.
* ''Film/EnemyAtTheGates'' has the Russians as an AntiHero nation opposing the far more evil Nazis. The main characters are heroic Russians who are fighting against monstrous odds to defend their homeland. However, the film portrays the Russian government as pitiless, poor and corrupt. In one scene, half of the new Russian conscripts are only given a clip of ammo and told to take the rifle of their partner "when" (not "if") he is shot. In another scene, a group of conscripts flee battle and are shot in the back by their commanders, something you'd rarely see in an American film even though desertion is just as much a capital offense. Much is also made of the government's inflation of the main character's deeds as propaganda.
* In ''Film/PansLabyrinth'' the badass heroes of LaResistance are explicitly anarcho-communist. Which makes perfect since since the film is set in [[UsefulNotes/TheFrancoRegime Francoist Spain]].
* In ''Film/TheManFromUNCLE2015'', Illya Kuryakin probably embodies more traits of the stereotypical Cold War Soviet agent than his counterpart in [[Series/TheManFromUNCLE the original TV series]], but he is still portrayed as a good-intentioned, honourable man who will even take the time to be polite to civilians while chasing an enemy agent through East Berlin. And while his superior in the KGB is portrayed as less altruistic and trustworthy than Kuryakin, he is not shown to be any more villainous than his CIA counterpart.
* The supporting cast of would-be commie caricatures in ''Film/SpiesLikeUs'' are great examples. Americans Millbarge and Fitz-Hume end up working and playing with the Soviet squad they initially sought to infiltrate and dispatch.
* ''Film/WildWind'' has Yugoslavian Partisans and a Russian soldier as allies of the American agents.
* In ''Film/TheHuntForRedOctober'' there is Dr Petrov, who is the only officer onboard ''Red October'' who is not in on the plan to defect and as such gets treated as an antagonist. He is also one of the most sympathetic characters in the film, consistently portrayed as a skilled, conscientious medical man who puts the welfare of the crew above anything, and whose only real flaws are his loyalty to his country and his blind belief in Communism.
* ''Film/TheShapeOfWater'' features [[spoiler:Dr. Robert Hoffstetler]], who acts as TheMole in the United States government facility holding "[[FishPeople the Asset]]". Despite being a spy for the Soviet Union, he [[spoiler:defies his orders to eliminate the Asset and helps the protagonist smuggle the creature out of the government lab to save its life.]] His KGB superiors, on the other hand, are very much DirtyCommunists.

* In the ''Literature/PhryneFisher'' mysteries Bert and Cec are "red raggers" (communists) and members of the Industrial Workers of The World (a very radical, militant union) and are good friends with the heroine and overall very nice guys.
* Isaac Asimov's [[FantasticVoyagePlot Fantastic Voyage 2: Destination Brain]] (despite the name, it's not a sequel to his novelization of Film/FantasticVoyage -- it's more of a remake) presents the image of a world where the Cold War has mellowed out to the point that the colours on maps are muted (the Soviet bloc is pink, the Western Allies are light blue). Despite the story starting off with the Soviets kidnapping the American protagonist, the Soviet characters are ''still'' presented in a sympathetic light (in fact, for most of the story they aren't antagonistic at all, it's just that the USSR and the USA ''are'' still rivals, so it wouldn't do to just ask a US scientist to help you with something that could bring you a significant technological advantage).
* In Creator/HarryHarrison's ''Literature/InvasionEarth'', the US and the USSR work together when the alien craft crash-lands in New York, the latter sending a female linguist (who, despite expectations, does not end up with the male American protagonist) to help translate the alien language. That turns out to be moot, since the aliens have [[AliensStealCable learned English and Russian by listening to transmissions from Earth]]. During the climax, [[spoiler:an American/Soviet team is assembled to strike at the alien base in the Antarctic made up of soldiers born in Denver and Tomsk, two of the cities destroyed by OrbitalBombardment. It's not stated if French soldiers from the also destroyed Metz are included]].
* In Creator/CarlSagan's original novel ''Contact'' (unlike the film), the Soviet Union is a predictable rival to the United States to build the Machine, but Dr. Arroway's Soviet counterpart, "Vaygay" Lunacharsky, who helps keeps telescopes pointed at Vega is a close friend and often more help than the United States government. Surprisingly, he's established both as a fairly devout intellectual communist ''and'' reluctant to publicly criticize the United States.

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Series/HeadOfTheClass'': In one episode the Class is up against a touring Soviet superteam in an academic trivia meet. They get to know each other a little and decide in the end to let the meet end in a draw rather than Sudden Death overtime.
* Illya Kuryakin from ''Series/TheManFromUncle'' is a Soviet agent working for the international spy agency UNCLE. At least one episode indicates that he holds an official position in the Soviet military, so he's presumably a loyal Communist.
* A Soviet representative appears in an episode of ''Series/DadsArmy''. There is a discussion about whether the "Reds" can be trusted; Captain Mainwaring argues that they must be alright "otherwise they wouldn't be on our side".
* On the ''Series/TheMunsters'' episode "Herman the Master Spy", a scuba diving Herman gets caught by a Soviet fishing trawler. They're generally portrayed as pretty nice people, although the stereotype about [[VodkaDrunkenski Russians being drunkards]] is in full effect.
* ''Series/NorthernExposure'': Cicely gets its annual visit from Nikoli Applanov, a famous Soviet chess player. He likes to come to Cicely to relax and get away from his adoring fans back home. Everybody loves him except Maurice, who hates him because he's a Communist.
* Pavel Chekov of ''Franchise/StarTrek''. Of course, the Soviet Union would be gone long before the twenty-third century, but no one knew that at the time and, while Chekov only refers to his home country as "Russia", he does make some Soviet-era references, such as referring to St. Petersburg as "Leningrad". If you subscribe to the theory that TheFederation is communist, then everyone in the series counts.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The story "The Curse of Fenric" featured sympathetic Russian soldiers attempting to steal a British codebreaking machine in World War II. The actual plot featured a dark god from the dawn of time manifesting, and part of the story's subtext was the unity of the little people in the face of larger tyrannical and/or destructive forces.
** This applies to most of the crew of the Soviet submarine in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS33E8ColdWar "Cold War"]], but especially Western music fan Professor Grisenko. It's really only PoliticalOfficer Stepashin [[DirtyCommies who doesn't fit the trope]].


[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* [[CrapsackWorld In the grimdark future of]] ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'', the [[GreyAndGreyMorality relatively good guys]] are the Tau & Imperium of Man. The latter is inspired by Soviet authoritarianism, aesthetics, & bureaucracy while the former is closer to the communist ideal.

[[folder:Video Games]]

* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' portrays the former Red Army soldier Viktor Reznov in a fairly sympathetic light.
** Most of the early ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' games zig-zag this. On one hand, they depict the Red Army's regular troops and army officers in a very sympathetic light, while depicting most of the [[ThePoliticalOfficer commissars]] as DirtyCommunists.
* Dr. Cossack from ''VideoGame/MegaMan4'', a Soviet scientist who turns out to have been GoodAllAlong.
* The Heavy from ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. [[{{Eagleland}} Unless you're the Soldier.]]
* In the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series, the Russians are the good communists with a nice relationship with the United States, and one of the player presets in the first game is a descendant of a Soviet diplomat which were given a place in Vault 13.
** After the end, there are the descendants of the [[RedChina Chinese]](the resident [[DirtyCommunists bad commies]]) submarine crews beached in San Francisco called the Shi after their vessel "Shi-huang-ti", their mission is to protect their town & it's inhabitants and research useful technology like antidote for highly addictive drug "Jet" & radiation-scrubbing plants.
** Another friendly ChiCom, the ghoulified submarine captain Zao, is a quest-giver from ''VideoGame/Fallout4''.
* Comrade Vasquez, the Communist representative in ''VideoGame/{{Tropico}} 4'', is the most reasonable representative. He comes to you primarily to address issues regarding housing, food, and health care, though he has his weird moments (like asking you to demolish any banks in the country because he thinks they're symbols of capitalist aggression).
** His close relative Evita in ''5'' continues this tradition. She represents the Revolutionaries in the Colonial era, the Communists in the World Wars and Cold War eras, and finally the Environmentalists in the Modern Times era. She's probably the most socially responsible advisor.
* The Duty faction in ''[[VideoGame/{{Stalker}} S.T.A.L.K.E.R]]'' is preserving/recreating a strong Soviet influence in their troops and strongholds. While not exactly pleasant people, they are among the most disciplined and orderly groups of the Zone and their main base is probably the safest place in the whole area.
** Also, their opponent the Freedom faction are anarcho-communists inspired by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nestor_Makhno Nestor Makhno]](an Ukrainian anarchist revolutionary during the Russian Civil War, fought with the Bolsheviks and later against them), and they are nice, hard-partying & [[VodkaDrunkenski drinking]] folks with a taste of the [[TheStoner "herb"]].
* The Qunari in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' are a Buddhist-Communist empire in which obedience and duty are the most important aspects of all life and society. Their world-view is completely {{black and white|morality}}, and they have no mercy for either criminals or those who oppose them, but many low-ranking people in the conquered territories are actively welcoming them and joining them voluntarily. Those born into the Qunari (or at least those who were picked to be assigned to the military) could hardly be called friendly in any way, but as long as you are getting straight to the point with them and don't show either indecision or boasting, they will treat you with respect and quite readily cooperate for the common good.
* The weapon manufacturer Vladof from ''VideoGame/Borderlands2''. In the original, they produced firearms with a high rate of fire to offset their low accuracy, but they now manufacture them that way to let civilian rebels outshoot MegaCorp thugs with more complicated but harder-hitting weapons. Fittingly, their assault rifles looks a lot like AK rifles. They're also a Workers Collective, according to their sales pitch.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolidPeaceWalker'': One of your main allies is a Sandinista freedom fighter, and the Sandinistas themselves are portrayed fairly sympathetically, even if they do cop to drug smuggling to fund their cause.
* ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3SnakeEater'' has a rather poignant EasterEgg accessible by throwing the Spetznaz guard of your cell food three times, where he has a friendly chat with Snake. He turns out to be a rather NiceGuy who laments that the Soviet Union and the USA are now bitter enemies and admits to having no hard feelings against Snake, and also admits that he's homesick and lonely. As thanks for listening to his troubles, he shows Snake a photo of his family[[note]]which has an emergency codec number for opening the cell door written on the back[[/note]] and returns Snake's cigarettes[[note]]which happen to be a spy gadget that sprays anaesthetic smoke[[/note]]. [[spoiler:He also reveals in the conversation that he's Johnny Sasaki's grandfather.]]
* In ''VideoGame/WolfensteinIITheNewColossus'', B.J Blazkowicz travels around the US looking for allies to kickstart a second American Revolution against the country's Nazi occupiers. One of these allies is Horton Boone, a cynical BadassPreacher leading a clique of anarchists and Marxists out of New Orleans.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''Blog/UnshavedMouse'': Comrade Crow started as this, but he then became a DirtyCommunist
* Behold the [[http://www.coolestfamilyever.com/wp-content/uploads/2007/05/Soviet_party.png Soviet]] [[{{Pun}} Party!]]
* The UASR in the AlternateHistory thread ''Literature/{{Reds}}'' plays with this. The people are completely devoted to social, economic, and racial equality. But their early history was marked by political persecution, most of it against a fascist junta that tried to stifle American democracy. They also won World War II. Which in this timeline was even bloodier. [[GoodIsNotSoft Do the math]].
* In ''Literature/TheFalconCannotHear'', the Provisional Government (or "Blue") faction of the Second American Civil War is a strong alliance between normal liberals and Trotskyist communists unwelcome in the Stalinist American Soviet Republic. Also, the East Coast forces of the ASR get along remarkably well with the Blues (especially in New York City, which effectively runs under the two governments simultaneously). [[spoiler:Eventually, they split from the ASR and form the anti-fascist Popular Front with the Blues.]]
* In one episode of ''Podcast/PlumbingTheDeathStar'', Zammit suggests the monsters of ''WesternAnimation/MonstersInc'' would excellently take over for Santa because they could steal whatever presents they needed and give them to the children who need it most; Adam realizes this is basically redistribution of wealth and exclaims that he "knew this was a socialist podcast from the beginning."
-->"''Support my socialist Christmas, Adam."''

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The Oktober Guard, the Soviet counterpart to Franchise/GIJoe, were never portrayed as villains, even when their missions put them directly against each other. In the cartoon, they even joined forces a number of times against Cobra. Both teams saw each other as rivals at the very worst.
* Similarly, the Soviets in ''WesternAnimation/TheTransformers'', like most Earth governments, are allied to the Autobots. They are often portrayed doing stereotypically Russian things (see GloriousMotherRussia), but are always depicted in a positive light.
* East-West tensions are a major plot point in the FiveEpisodePilot for ''WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots.'' The Communist character, Anya Turgonova, is one of the good guys, but there's a lot of initial distrust between her and the American good guys. After they team up against Cy-Kill, she remains a friend for the rest of the series.
* Linka at the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/CaptainPlanetAndThePlaneteers'', before TheGreatPoliticsMessUp.
* The "Gremlins from the Kremlin" in ''WesternAnimation/RussianRhapsody''.