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->''"I think their attitude is more that of the cyclone, which comes with the gracious purpose of cooling off a sweltering village, and is not aware, afterward, that it has done that village anything but a favor. ... People who blame a cyclone, do it because they do not reflect that compact masses are not a cyclone's idea of symmetry."''
-->-- '''Creator/MarkTwain'''

A specific species of AntiVillain: a creature that could be called monstrous, but can't actually be viewed as evil, since it lacks any actual malice.

This is not to say that they're not a threat; they're usually a literal monster, and if they're not dealt with, many people will die. It's just that, in theory, options besides killing the monster exist.

Note the difference between a ReluctantMonster and a Non-Malicious Monster is that the Non-Malicious Monster is always an antagonist; the ReluctantMonster can be a protagonist. In addition, the ReluctantMonster is usually sapient or can sense people's responses to its monstrosity (see, e.g., WesternAnimation/CasperTheFriendlyGhost). The Non-Malicious Monster is more along the lines of a completely instinctive beast with no sapience; in other words, it's just reacting to stimulus in incredibly dangerous ways without bearing malice towards anyone. Imagine a 100 foot tall rottweiler if you will. If they do have any sapience, it's a case of being ObliviouslyEvil. Typically TrueNeutral.

Certain portrayals of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s go out of their way to portray the Abominations as, well, dangerous only because we're in the way. [[HumansAreCthulhu Remember the last time you cared about the bugs you step on when walking in your yard?]]

Sometimes compared to a more normal {{villain}}ous character, frequently a CorruptCorporateExecutive, to make the distinction between "monster" and "evil" more explicit and obvious (although authors using this particular variation should be warned that said normal bad guy is especially prone to becoming a DesignatedVillain). Expect early victims to be [[AssholeVictim Assholes]] for the usual reasons: we don't feel as bad about a giant dick being killed, and it doesn't hurt any sympathy we may have with the monster.

See also MonsterIsAMommy, a SubTrope of when the monster in question is fully justified or even doing objective good in its monstrous actions. See also WhyIsntItAttacking When the non-malicious behavior is noticed.



[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* Some of the Arrancar in ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' are like this. It's explained that the process of becoming an Arrancar removes a Hollow's AlwaysChaoticEvil nature and gives them their sense of reason back. Most of the Arrancar we see are bastards anyway, but there's a few exceptions (Nell and her friends, Starrk and Lilinete, some say Harribel as well).
** Harribel and her Fraccions' actions at the end of the whole Aizen thing - and the {{backstory}} as to how and why they came together (''while they were still standard Hollows'') proves it.
* Most of the citizens of Makai (demon world) in RaveMaster fall under this trope.
* Some demons in ''Manga/InuYasha'', like [[GentleGiant Jinenji]].
* Android 8 from ''Manga/DragonBall''. He looks just like FrankensteinsMonster and he was built to be a killing machine, but he's a kind gentle soul who doesn't like to hurt others, but you'd better not ever [[BerserkButton try to kill his friends]].
** Subverted with Androids 17 and 18 in that, while thought to be murderous sociopaths in light of their alter-egos from [[KidFromTheFuture Trunks']] [[BadFuture horrible future]], not only are they not exactly murderous towards anyone not named Dr. Gero, which would play this trope straight, but they don't even really come off as sociopaths.
** Played straight later on with Super 17 in ''[[DragonBallGT GT]]'', who's a [[FusionDance strange cross]] between BrainwashedAndCrazy Android 17 and his EvilKnockoff, with twice the size and seriousness of either and a very EvilLaugh. While there's far less of a conscience, far more power, and more ego on the surface with Super 17 than the original, he still doesn't really shoot to kill anyone not named Dr. Gero during his CurbStompBattle with the Z-Fighters, and it even takes a while to get there in his ensuing battle with Goku, [[AIIsACrapshoot the guy 17 was originally programmed to kill in the first place]], even though his combination of EnergyAbsorption and [[StrongAsTheyNeedToBe Strong as He Needs to Be]] gives him a clear upper hand.
* The ''{{Gundam 00}}'' movie, ''[[Film/Gundam00AwakeningOfTheTrailblazer Awakening Of The Trailblazer]]'', has an example. [[spoiler:The ELS learn about things through assimilation, and combining their forms together is merely an efficient form of communication. Humans find assimilation to be a very painful way to die. This leads to the unfortunate situation where the ELS are a peaceful race looking to learn about and communicate with humans, and don't understand why humanity is trying to kill them for doing so, while humanity thinks it's defending itself against a hostile invasion.]]
** It's unclear whether [[spoiler:the ELS even recognise themselves threatened, or if they just perceive the violence as a part of human communication, and respond in kind. The whole concept of verbal intercourse is completely incomprehensible to them after all, whereas battles are physical affairs like their assimilation.]]
* Subverted by Berserker in ''FateZero''. He seems at first, like ''FateStayNight''s Berserker, to be rage personified without actual malice, but is revealed to have a very personal grudge against Saber.
* The Angels of ''NeonGenesisEvangelion''. As the offspring of Adam, [[TrueNeutral they seek only to unite with their progenitor]], and set off TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt to claim [[spoiler:(or rather, ''re''claim)]] the planet. The destructive [[StarterVillain Sachiel]] aside, only when something stands in their way will they actually attack.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* The MarvelComics CaptainErsatz of Film/KingKong, Gorgilla, falls into this category.
** Another Marvel story involved Comicbook/DoctorStrange and the Scarlet Witch confronting a giant extra-dimensional beast rampaging around the city. The monster seemed almost unbeatable, but then Strange reads its mind. As it turns out, the rampage was just a reaction to being plucked out of its home realm and deposited in a strange world; it was scared, lonely, and simply wanted to go home. Strange complies, ending the threat.
* One possible [[DependingOnTheWriter interpretation]] of [[{{Superman}} Bizarro]] -- he doesn't mean to do harm, but his simple-mindedness combined with Superman-like powers makes him terribly dangerous.
* The ''Franchise/{{Batman}}'' villain Humpty Dumpty seems to be mentally retarded, but he has a knack for analyzing mechanical systems and figuring out how to subvert or disable them. After the deaths of his parents and constant verbal abuse from his grandmother, he started trying to fix machines he perceived as broken out of irritation, but since his knowledge only came from library books his repairs often resulted in horrible accidents. He is just trying to do what he believes is a good thing for everyone. Even when he eventually "took apart" his grandmother, he did so in a misguided attempt to find the root of her meanness and fix her.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Valhalla}}'', the huge wolf Fenris (who was the most dangerous monster in Norse mythology) turns out to only be a over-sized dog, who was controlled and abused by the evil giant Surtr.

[[folder: Fan Fiction]]
* The embodiments of the Elements of Harmony in ''FanFic/ElementalsOfHarmony''. They range from neutral to friendly, but are breaking the universe by existing. Two actually commit suicide when they learn this.
** The only ones that have to be fought head-on merged with ponies and were twisted. Loyalty merged with Scootaloo and lost it after being rejected by Dash, and Magic merged with Twilight and drove her existing [[WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer tendency to fix everything with magic]] and ControlFreak issues UpToEleven by giving her enough power to fight two planeswalkers and Luna.
* [[NonIndicativeFirstEpisode The first chapter]] of ''FanFic/ImperfectMetamorphosis'' ends with Rumia being ''disintegrated'' by a BlobMonster, which then takes [[SuperpoweredEvilSide a twisted version of her]] as its form and heads straight for Eientei and almost destroys the place in the ensuing battle. Turns out Rumia is still alive after being absorbed, the absorption was the only way said blob could move and communicate, the transformation was entirely involuntary, it went to Eientei to ''talk'', and the battle was in self-defense after being attacked by half a dozen trigger-happy {{Blood Knight}}s. [[DarkFic Naturally]], things get much worse from there.
* ''TheInfiniteLoops'': Billy from ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'' has the dubious honor of being a Malicious Looping Entity for no other reason than outright [[LethallyStupid lethal stupidity]] instead of any ill intentions.
* ''FanFic/CastlevaniaNocturneOfRuin'':
** The tribe of mermen who live in the fountain of Castlevania's garden. While xenophobic and somewhat {{Jerkass}}es, they prefer to be left alone and are at worst simply annoyed when Maria inadvertently pollutes their home while washing une slime out of a cloth.
** Catoblepas. While they have [[TakenForGranite petrifying breath]] and are stated to be dangerous by Alucard, as he also points out, they're not aggressive and don't actively attack people; he even pets one.

* ''Film/KingKong''. As a description of how this trope fits would be akin to a plot synopsis, we recommend reading the page on King Kong instead.
* Possibly ''Film/TheThing1982''. As much as a nightmare inducing assimilatory monstrousity it is, there is no indication that it is doing anything other than acting as any organism does: reproducing and trying to remain alive.
** Lampshaded at one point in the DVD's commentary.
** This may also apply to the original [[Film/TheThingFromAnotherWorld thing]], but it's intentions are open to interpretation.
%%* ''Film/MightyJoeYoung'' as well.
* When Franchise/{{Godzilla}} is portrayed as an AntiHero, it's usually as one of these.
** Mothra. She's by far the most benevolent monster in the ''Godzilla'' films and only attacks when someone either [[BerserkButton kidnaps her fairy companions]] or [[MamaBear tries to hurt her offspring.]]
** Minya and Godzilla Junior. Justified in that both are infants.
** ''Film/{{Godzilla 2014}}'': Godzilla's not particularly interested in fighting with humans and goes out of his way not to fight them even when they are opening fire on him. Like Creator/GarethEdwards has said, humans are like ants to him. You don't go out of your way to stomp on every ant you see, do you? The M.U.T.O.s aren't really evil either, most of the destruction they cause is just due to them being so large, and through the movie they act like actual animals. There are even sympathetic moments with them, such as the loving moment the couple have sharing a nuke, and the mother crying at the destruction of her nest.
* The mutant from ''Film/TheLostSkeletonOfCadavra''. As Betty puts it: "I don't think it ever meant to kill. It just didn't know not to."
* The Ymir of ''Film/TwentyMillionMilesToEarth'' just wants to be left alone. The fact that it's continually growing and is wanted by the government to figure out how it survives on Venus leads to it being poked. [[DoNotTauntCthulhu The Ymir does not like being poked.]]
* According to WordOfGod, the ''Film/{{Cloverfield}}'' monster is not only a Non-Malicious Monster, it's also an EnfanteTerrible. J.J. Abrams, the producer, said "He's a baby. He's brand-new. He's confused, disoriented and irritable."
* The Kraken from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' only ever attacks ships when Davy Jones wakes it using a massive hammer. Wouldn't you be a little cranky too?
* The {{Golem}} from the 1920 silent movie classic ''Film/TheGolem''. He is treated as a monster by the humans, but at closer watch, he is only misunderstood (he is mute, after all) and dumb.
* Zigzagged in the ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'' franchise.
** Most Terminators, despite their calculating and merciless nature aren't malicious or sadistic. They're machines designed and programmed to carry out specific tasks in the most efficient manner possible and are no more likely to inflict unnecessary pain and suffering on anyone than a calculator. In the [[{{Recut}} Directors cut]] of ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'' it's revealed Skynet ensures it's models are designed not to learn too much when sent out alone, [[RobotsEnslavingRobots as it doesn't want them thinking for itself]]. So when Arnie's T-800 has this fixed, the Terminator actually [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming learns the value of human life]].
** This seems to not be the case with the T-1000 in ''T2'', who carries out his killings with deadly cold sadism. The T-X from ''Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines'' also displays similar signs of sadism. This implies the more advanced models are either designed to enjoy their "work" or are just naturally inclined toward sadistic tendencies.
* While not necessarily presented this way in the source material, FrankensteinsMonster tends to get this treatment in modern media, since he was given a disfigurement, an abnormal brain (in most versions), and then spurned by the person that created him. The only people he befriends are those that can get past his appearance.
* Jeff the giant worm from ''Film/MenInBlackII''.
* The ''T. rex'' and ''Dilophosaurus'' in ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' films are simply carnivorous animals that only eat people because they are easy prey. Additionally, they are only shown [[AssholeVictim eating people we're not supposed to sympathize with]] (in one case, it's even PlayedForLaughs) and, given the opportunity, the ''T. rex'' goes after other dinosaurs instead of the humans. The raptors, on the other hand, are shown to be capable of sadism. The Spinosaurus from ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' also takes SuperPersistentPredator to the point that it seems like it just hates humans.
* Slimer from the first ''Film/{{Ghostbusters}}''. He's little more than a nuisance who ''wants'' to have a good time, but his antics interfere with the human world.
* The basilisk from ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' might have been able to kill you only by looking at you. But it was controlled by "the heir of Slytherin" and didn't do anything unless he asked it to kill someone.
* Katla from the Swedish fantasy movie ''Bröderna Lejonhjärta'' might be a huge dragon. And if she breathes her fire on you, you will soon become paralized. But she was controlled by the evil dictator Tengil, who kept using her to keep his power. And if you only leave her alone, she won't harm anybody.
* ''Film/TheBlob'':
** Played straight in the original movie, where the Blob is a mindless SpaceAmoeba who simply consumes as much organic matter as it can find. It's no more malicious than any other predator.
** Averted in the 1988 remake. The Blob is [[spoiler:the accidental result of a secret government germ warfare project]], and shows several signs of intelligence. It seems to enjoy stalking its food and even lays traps for them.
* Subverted in ''PacificRim''. The Kaiju are outright being used as biological weapons in a war against humanity.

* The titular monster in Julian May's story ''Dune Roller''. Long ago, it crashed to Earth, with many small parts of itself (its "children") being widely scattered. It doesn't go out of its way to harm other creatures, but if you get in its way when it tries to reabsorb its children, it ''will'' go MamaBear on you.
* The Great Old Ones and Outer Gods in the Franchise/CthulhuMythos - either they are simply far too powerful to even register humans as worthy of moral consideration, or they have no comprehension of lesser life or, in the extreme cases, anything else at all. Their actions are not malicious in a strict sense, as they scarcely notice us. Azathoth is a pure example, being a blind, deaf god who will destroy all creation, but completely mindless - he does not know what he is doing, and is really more akin to a single cell than a sentient being.
** Subverted by the Outer God Nyarlathotep, who is every bit as powerful, but is fully aware of the relationship between himself, humanity, and the rest of the cosmos, and manipulates mankind.
** In ''The Case of Charles Dexter Ward'', Doctor Willard accidentally summons a spirit in the secret underground laboratories of Joseph Curwen, which the immortal sorcerer had not yet dared to awaken, not being sure that even with his own experience and power he would be able to keep it obidient. When Willard awakes from his unconsciousness in the house above, all entrances to the underground laboratories and the houndreds of trapped spirits within it have vanished without a trace. Some time later, he learns that the other two immortal sorcerers of Curwens cabal in Europe have been killed in a fire and explosion that completely destroyed their mansions. All that is known about the spirit is that it knew how to write Latin in a script used in England in the 9th century.
* In the ''Literature/DresdenFiles'', newly-made Red Court vampires and White Court vampires whose demon has just awoken can be this.
** Many wizards don't have guidance when they come into their power (mid-teenage years). They don't know how not to use their power, or the consequences of misusing their power, and start down the paths to being warlocks (wizards of substantial caliber who violate the laws of magic). Many warlocks are malicious, and Harry has brought a few of those down himself, but he's really disturbed by the White Council's zero-tolerance policy towards this trope. [[spoiler: He views Molly as this when he presents her to the White Council, and manages to get her put on probation instead of executed on that count, claiming he can teach her how to use her power for good.]]
* The main shock troops of the Yeerks in ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'', the Hork-Bajir and Taxxons, only act with malice when controlled by their parasitic masters. The Hork-Bajir, despite having enough blades on their bodies that they have been described as walking Cuisinarts, are actually peaceful herbivores who use all that hardware to strip tree bark, and are actually quite friendly. The Taxxons are more dangerous, but not maliciously so - they are cursed with a permanent all-consuming hunger that makes them ''desperate'' for food, and will even eat themselves if necessary. They simply can't help it.
** Also, [[spoiler:the Howlers]]. When Jake morphs into one he's expecting the instincts of some insane killing machine, and is shocked to discover that their minds are more similar to playful dolphins--the only reason they kill is because [[spoiler:[[BiggerBad Crayak]]]] has kept them from realizing that their victims are any more sentient than a video game character. The particular band the Animorphs are fighting actually get destroyed as soon as they realize the truth, since [[spoiler:Crayak]] can't let this knowledge spread to the rest of the species. [[spoiler:They get some of it anyway, forcing Crayak to abandon them as shock troops]].
* A group of [[ImAHumanitarian cannibals]] in ''Literature/GalaxyOfFear'' turn out to be this. Even the protagonists go from fearing to pitying them.
* In the Japanese novel ''Literature/{{Another}}'' we have two. The first is a curse which kills off students and teachers in a particular classroom and their immediate relatives. The second is [[spoiler:an extra member of the class, a different person every year, who is DeadAllAlong]], which is the cause of the curse. Neither could be considered actively malicious. For one thing, the [[spoiler:"extras" aren't even aware of their status and mean no harm]]. Their mere presence, unfortunately, is what triggers the curse. As for the curse itself, it's trying to do the same thing the human characters are, [[spoiler:root out the "extra"]], but simply does not discriminate between targets while trying to get the right one.
* Despite the fact that nearly every space-going civilization has demonized it as evil, the Swarm Mother and its "children", from the ''Literature/WildCards'' series is essentially just a mindless, city-sized predatory space-going omnivorous mushroom who destroys whole ecosystems solely because it needs biological material with which to reproduce. It has all the malicious intent for the civilizations it destroys as a car windshield has for a bug.
* The buggers in ''Literature/EndersGame'' only kill humans because they don't realize that ''individual'' humans are intelligent, thinking beings, instead seeing them as trivial elements of a [[HiveMind Hive Mind]], making killing a few thousand of them more like [[ArmorPiercingSlap smacking someone]] to [[BlueAndorangeMorality get their attention...]]
* In the short story "Elegy for a Demon Lover" (part of the ''Literature/TheNecromanticMysteriesOfKyleMurchisonBooth''), Kyle realizes that even though Ivo is (obliviously) a life-force-draining incubus, "he did love me. To him I was the world."
* The basilisk from ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' might have been able to kill you only by looking at you. But it was controlled by "the heir of Slytherin" and didn't do anything unless he asked it to kill someone.
* Katla from ''Literature/TheBrothersLionheart'' might be a huge dragon. And if she breathes her fire on you, you will soon become paralyzed. But she was controlled by the evil dictator Tengil, who kept using her to keep his power. And if you only leave her alone, she won't harm anybody.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The horta from ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "The Devil in the Dark". Its apparent unprovoked attacks against the mining colony (and two crew members) turn out to be because the colony was [[MonsterIsAMommy destroying its eggs]], which they thought were nothing more than worthless silicon spheres. After Spock is able to deduce this by speaking to the creature, peace is made (and the young are actually able to help the colony dig up precious ore).
* Shows up quite a bit in ''Series/DoctorWho'', particularly when Creator/StevenMoffat is writing or running the show. Several episodes ([[spoiler:[[Recap/DoctorWhoS27E9TheEmptyChild "The Empty Child"]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E3TheCurseOfTheBlackSpot "The Curse of the Black Spot"]], [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited "The Girl who Waited"]]]]) feature medical equipment wreaking havoc by innocently trying to "cure" members of species they are unfamiliar or incompatible with, while the monsters in [[spoiler:[[Recap/DoctorWhoS28E4TheGirlInTheFireplace "The Girl in the Fireplace"]]]] are simply part of a spaceship's severely malfunctioning self-repair system. Outright subverted in [[spoiler:[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E9Flatline "Flatline"]]]], where the Doctor thinks the aliens might not realize they're hurting anyone, but when he gets through the StarfishLanguage barrier, the aliens just use it to mock and gloat.
* {{Discussed|Trope}} in ''Series/StargateSG1'', on the topic of the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Replicators]]. Teal'c points out that they're simple, self-replicating machines not programmed with any thought beyond self-replication, making them "no more evil than a virus". O'Neil counters with [[SubvertedTrope "an evil virus."]]
* The eponymous dolls in ''Series/TheHauntingHour'' episode "Worry Dolls". The way the work is pretty simple: You tell them what you're worried about and they fix it. While well-meaning, they're not particularly selective about how they do it. So if you, say, tell them that you want your parents to spend more time with you instead of always going on the road for work, they'll make your parents ''obsessed'' with spending time with you to the point of never leaving you alone and becoming psychotic if you try to spend even a minute by yourself.

* The Purple People Eater, in the song by Sheb Wooley. The monster does [[PickyPeopleEater eat purple people]], but it actually comes to Earth because it wants to be in a rock 'n' roll band.

[[folder:Role-Playing Games]]
* The Mutant Dinos of ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG''. Although the Maelstrom drove their urges to destroy, the dinosaurs themselves were not actively malicious and more akin to confused animals acting on instinct.

[[folder: Tabletop Games]]
* The Tyranids of ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' have no malice to them whatsoever. They reduce entire biospheres to bare rock because they need to eat, and are essentially nothing more than a rapidly-evolving swarm of intergalactic locusts. But because they divide the entire universe into "us", "food", and "inorganic matter", there is no way to deal with them other than to kill them or get out of the way...and planets are rather restricted in their movement.
** [[UltimateEvil The Chaos gods]] in ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' and ''40K'' really don't care what happens outside of the warp, and indeed spend the vast majority of their attention on fighting each other (they ''are'' Chaos, after all). If a bunch of mortals want to commit unspeakable actions in their name, then why not? "And maybe we'll give these mortals a few [[TheCorruption "gifts"]] as well; [[ForTheLulz it might be funny]]."
* A lot of monsters in ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' have their alignment listed as TrueNeutral, because they're basically oversized plants or animals which may or may not have supernatural powers. Since they're not sapient, they can't make moral judgments. The ultimate example of this may be the Tarrasque - a giant reptilian monster, nearly indestructible and as large as D&D size measurements get (Colossal), which rises from its slumber every few centuries to cause untold havoc as it eats everything in sight. As it digests you and your entire village AndYourLittleDogToo, you can take comfort in the fact that it bears no ill will towards you. If ''TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}}'' is taken into account, it's even suggested that ''ordinarily'' the Tarrasque would be as harmless as a being larger than many houses can be -- it just that it's either (essentially) poisoned or suffering from deprivation, as the air of its native world seems to be different to that of most others.

[[folder: Video Games]]
* Most of the alien enemies in ''VideoGame/HalfLife1'' are just hungry animals that are very disoriented and confused from being abruptly teleported away from their home, including the [[AndIMustScream unspeakably]] [[BodyHorror horrible]] [[PersonalSpaceInvader headcrabs]]. ''VideoGame/HalfLife2'' introduces the antlions, which are again BigCreepyCrawlies which just see humans as food.
* [[spoiler: Many of the Colossi]] from ''VideoGame/{{Shadow of the Colossus}}'', [[spoiler: with special mention to Phalanx, the 13th Colossus]]
* Thresher maws in ''Franchise/MassEffect'' are giant wormlike creatures that are highly territorial and aggressive, though non intelligent. Standard protocol for dealing with them involves the local equivalent of tanks. Lots of them.
** The Thorian is ''claimed'' to be one of these before fighting it, a giant sentient mind controlling plant is going to have to die, especially when it strongly refused any POSSIBILITY of making peace with the others and generally viewed them as expendable thralls.
* [[ElementalEmbodiment Elementals]] from ''VideoGame/{{MARDEK}}'' don't ''attack'' so much as ''leak energy when disrupted''. Not that it doesn't ''hurt''.
* The Sasquatches from ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemptionUndeadNightmare''. "[[MemeticMutation We eat BERRIES]] [[LargeHam and MUSHROOMS, you fool!]]
* The Monster from some ''VideoGame/SimCity'' games may be destructive, but is noted in the manual as not probably acting in malice. The Monster's just ignorant of the damage it's causing.
* A couple of the antagonists of StarControl.
** The Mycon, a race of sentient fungus, are so ''alien'' in their thinking that it's hard to ascribe any malice to their actions, even when said actions involve turning life-bearing planets into volcanic wastelands. Talking to them, it's readily apparent that they are either completely mad, or just so [[BlueAndOrangeMorality different]] that doing this is just their nature. It's also implied that they aren't natural creatures, and were created by ancient aliens as a terraforming device before they went haywire.
** The Slylandro Probes. The Slylandro people themselves turn out to be perfectly friendly and peaceful creatures who wouldn't harm a fly - and ''couldn't''; they are sentient pockets of gas and can't interact physically or leave their gas giant planet. So they bought some handy self-replicating probes from the Melnorme to explore the galaxy and meet new friends for them. But they are new to this computer thing and [[AIIsACrapshoot set the priority]] of the self-replicating behavior much too high. Now the probes hail your ship, give you a cordial greeting, and then [[WeComeInPeaceShootToKill try to reduce your ship to raw materials]], becoming the game's GoddamnedBats in the process.
* Most of the creatures you fight in ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'' are more or less just wild animals and aren't inherently evil.

[[folder: Web Comics]]
* The Hulking Shyster from ''Webcomic/AMomentOfPeace'' is an absolutely massive monster who can't hunt or kill anything because he's debilitatingly shy.
* The giant beast in ''Webcomic/TowerOfGod'' in the 21st floor's test. It doesn't do anything, except belly-flop. You don't want that thing do belly-flops!


[[folder: Web Original]]
* Many [[Wiki/SCPFoundation SCPs]] qualify, but special mention goes to SCP-053, the girl who makes you try to kill her if you look at her.
* From Wiki/{{Killerbunnies}}, we have this with [[http://killerbunnies.wikidot.com/wiki:mayze Mayze]], who is a baby who just so happens to have ''very'' sharp teeth. However, like most babies, she is very affectionate and only wants to play, be that roughly, the implications of this would be that she probably shows affection and playfulness by biting. In that vein, we have [[http://killerbunnies.wikidot.com/wiki:mikie Mikie]] who, while created as a test subject, is anything short of harmful, noted to be pleasant, although she is can be a nuisance, as she is prone to tasting, as well as eating things out of curiosity. Apparently, she's eaten livestock.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'' featured an underground monster who couldn't get any sleep with all the noise of civilization, so he went up to the surface to ask humanity to quiet down. Naturally, the humans freaked out at the sight of a monster, and one thing led to another...
* ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'' has a big, grim, dark, evil species of rhino-like monsters...however, that was just because they were being mind-controlled; in reality, they were cultured, gentlemanly creatures.
* In the film version of ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'', the dragons are raiding the Viking village for food because they're being forced by a larger dragon to feed it or be eaten themselves. Once the larger dragon is killed, the other dragons are more than happy to coexist with the Vikings.
** Vikings have ships and nets and can probably catch more fish in a day than a dragon could dream of!
* In the an episode of ''PowerpuffGirls'' example, the girls discover that the slime monster was only tearing Townsville apart because it was looking for its lost cat.
** In "Super Zeroes", a monster begins destroying Townsville, and the girls start changing into their new hero identities. By the time they're done, night had fallen and the monster had suddenly lost interest in destroying the city. The next morning, the monster resumes his rampage, and the girls begin their journey to confront him. However, they all run into inconveniences that held up their arrival, and the monster eventually stops his path of destruction again at night (even checking his watch as time passes). Finally, when the girls actually confront him and prove ineffective against him, the monster explains that the reason he was destroying the city and drawing the girls out to fight him is because he was taking up a tradition back at his home island.
* The ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitans'' episode "The Beast Within" has Beast Boy turn into the Beast, which plays the part of the MonsterOfTheWeek until misunderstandings are cleared out and the real culprit apprehended.
* The second ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' episode has Twilight and friends come face to face with a Manticore. They attack the beast, which is acting in a threatening manner, before [[FriendToAllLivingThings Fluttershy]] yells for them to stop. She then cuddles up to it and finds a thorn in it's paw, which she removes. Everypony else is amazed by this.
** Fluttershy is a master at dealing with this trope. When a dragon's hundred-year nap threatens to cover Equestria in smoke, she gets it to leave simply by firmly telling it about what will happen to the ponies (after [[BewareTheNiceOnes making it burst into tears]]). When Cerberus starts rampaging through Ponyville, Fluttershy calms him with ''belly rubs'' and says he's just a big dog that got out of his yard. And she beats a [[TakenForGranite cockatrice]] in a staring contest by angrily demanding [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas what would its mother think]].
** The ursa [[spoiler:minor]] that Snips and Snails lure into town is this as well. [[spoiler:Turns out it's just a baby that's ticked that it was pestered in it's sleep, and all it needs is some warm milk to calm it right back down.]]
** [[HordeOfAlienLocusts The Parasprites]], like any ExplosiveBreeder, are only concerned with food and breeding, and even then they weren't too bad until [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Twilight's botched spell]] caused them to eat everything ''except'' food.
** [[AlternativeCharacterInterpretation Maybe]] the changelings, depending on whether they [[EmotionEater feed on love]] as a food source or as simply something to make themselves more powerful. If the former, then they'd view the ponies (who have love out the wazoo) as an all-you-can-eat buffet.
** Even [[HellHound Cerberus]] as well. Seriously, ''that'' Cerberus. He might be a three-headed demonic dog the size of a two-story house that guards the entrance to freaking Tartarus, but he's ''still'' a dog. After giving him a belly rub and throwing a stick for him, he's several tons of putty in the pony's hooves.
* One episode of [[WesternAnimation/AladdinTheSeries Aladdin the Series]] has a monster, that eats magic and almost devours Genie and Carpet. But he's just like an animal, who has to eat to survive.
** There was also a sand shark with the treasure of a thousand sultan's vaults stuck to its underbelly. It was a shark, but didn't go out of its way to hunt down humans. It just happened to come across humans every now and then and thought "Oh hey, food!"
*** Later on, said shark was killed and eaten by a group of small humanoid creatures. While fearsome hunters, it turned out that they weren't evil themselves, just the slaves for a powerful evil wizard. Once the wizard was defeated, and a new leader stepped forward, they became a lot nicer.

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* Animals, particularly large mammals, like {{bears|AreBadNews}}. They're not hostile to humans. Humans, being large primates at the top of the food chain, are typically much more dangerous to other animal species than those animal species are to them. Even so, there is cause for alarm when bears start digging through human trash: if they get used to the idea of dumpsters as a food source, they'll be a dangerous nuisance until they're killed.