A subtrope of TokenNonhuman and TokenEnemyMinority. This trope is to Token Enemy Minority as Token Nonhuman is to TokenMinority. It's about a member of the Villain or {{Mook}} race who joins the main cast and their good (mostly human or TheFederation) organisation.

There are many shades of this trope which may appear;
* Type A - DefectorFromDecadence: He can't abide the evil ways of his people. Often the result of KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect.
* Type B - {{Mook}} Rebel: Sometimes, if his race are {{mook}}-{{slave|Mooks}}s for the BigBad, he may have rebelled and joined the opposition to fight his former evil master and free his people.
* Type C - RaisedByHumans: The heroes are closer to him than to the rest of his race.
* Type D -Former enemy: His race used to be the enemy, but has now become neutral or friendly with humans, so having him join the heroes' crew shows that things have changed, and the two races are getting along now.
* Type E - Defeated enemy: His race stops being villainous because they lost. At best now his nation is a VestigialEmpire; at worst he's the LastOfHisKind.
* Type F - EnemyMine: He shares a common enemy with the heroes, in some cases a rival faction of his own race.
* Type G - MyMasterRightOrWrong: He's personally loyal to his (human or otherwise not of the mook-race) master who goes through a HeelFaceTurn.
* Type H - Assimilation victims: Someone who was assimilated but later saved, now has free will again but doesn't get restored to his original form.[[note]][[AddedAlliterativeAppeal Discounting dissembling disassimilation or similar disingenuous designs]].[[/note]]
* Type I - RogueDrone: He's a member of an evil HiveMind who developed an independent personality that happened not to be evil.

See also MonsterAllies and PetMonstrosity.

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* Greed of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is introduced as a much more sympathetic character than the other hommunculi and already a DefectorFromDecadence. He ultimately joins the heroes to fight against them.
* ''GaoGaiGar'' has played with it with Soldat J [[spoiler:alien cyborg created on Red Planet to fight Primevals and their [[TheVirus mechanization virus]]]]. He was turned into Zonderian Pizza [[spoiler:after Red Planet was conquered]] and participate in invasion on Earth. Later, [[spoiler: after his HeelFaceTurn HeroicSacrifice]] he was restored by [[spoiler:Arma]] to his original form. While fighting Primevals along heroes, he has few times to tell them he is no longer Pizza and Gai correcting himself after calling him "Pizza" has almost become a RunningGag.
* ''GurrenLagann'' had Viral caught and imprisoned after the TimeSkip. When Simon is put in the next cell, the two are initially on bad terms... until Yoko busts them out and Simon asks Viral to pilot Gurren (the mecha of Viral's ex-{{Foil}}, [[MemeticBadass Kamina]]) on the grounds that if they fail, the Beastmen will be destroyed as well, not just the humans. He accepts and permanently becomes the Gurren Lagann's co-pilot despite the fact that as a Beastman, he can't use Spiral Power [[BeyondTheImpossible (though the penultimate episode suggests otherwise)]].
** Downplayed in that post TimeSkip, crowd scenes show various types of beastmen living and working peacefully alongside humans.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'' it's revealed that [[spoiler: Kim Diehl]] is a [[WitchSpecies Token Heroic Witch]], who lacks their normal affinity (and love of) destruction because her magic's healing based. [[spoiler: Her partner being able to transform into a broomstick is just a coincidence.]]
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* Bartleby from ''{{Bone}}'' is a young rat creature who runs away because he doesn't like the harsh life of his fellow rat creatures. Fone and Smiley Bone help Bartleby rejoin his kind, but he likes the Bones better and eventually runs away again to permanently join them.
** Arguably, the two [[RunningGag stupid, stupid rat creatures]] that the Bones keep encountering. They are quick to surrender to human forces during a fight, are even quicker to avoid a fight in the first place, and in the end work out a tenative truce with the villagers that allows them to live in the woods on the condition that they don't eat anyone [[TalkingAnimal with a name.]]
* Miss Martian from ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' comics, through she is White Martian hiding as Green Martian who suppressed her nature and turned it into SuperpoweredEvilSide.
* The GrandFinale of Creator/JossWhedon's ''[[Comicbook/XMen Astonishing X-Men]]'' includes a notable [[DeconstructedTrope Deconstruction]] of this trope, where we learn that the character who's set up as the Token Heroic Orc is actually the arc's true BigBad. It turns out that the prophecy that kick-started the story's events (that one of the X-Men would [[EarthShatteringKaboom destroy the home planet of that story's "Orcs"]]) was actually planted by said character, who ''wanted'' [[OmnicidalManiac it to come true]] because she thought that living under her [[EvilOverlord Emperor]]'s barbaric rule was a FateWorseThanDeath. The story points out that, even in an alien culture that seems evil to us, a person willing to completely reject every underlying value of their species' culture probably wouldn't be a paragon of mental health.
* Several years before [[StarTrekTheNextGeneration Worf]], DC Comics' [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture movie-era]] ''StarTrek'' spinoff comic series introduced Konom, a Klingon defector who joins Kirk's crew.
* Orion, son of {{Darkseid}}, raised by the NewGods of New Genesis. Also Big Barda, a former fury of Granny Goodness who helped Scott Free escape and eventually married him.
* Hulkling is a half Skrull who joins the Young Avengers.
* Blade is a half vampire who hunts vampires.
* Raven is the daughter of the demon Trigon but has long been an ally of the TeenTitans, not counting the occasional FaceHeelTurn.
* Purity Brown in ''Comicbook/NemesisTheWarlock'' is a prominent member of the pro-Nemesis faction on Termight, and one of Nemesis' closest confidants; due to being a human, she is often mistrusted by the Cabal. Notably, when Nemesis flies into a rage after hearing that [[spoiler:his wife and son have been murdered]], she along with Hammerstein calls out Nemesis on his intention to kill every human, citing herself as an example of a human who isn't evil.
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* Played with the FanFic/DungeonKeeperAmi universe as part of the ALighterShadeOfGrey theme. Ami's [[InsistentTerminology employees]] are predominantly amoral, evil, sadistic, stupid, or some combination thereof. However, Ami herself, as an unquestionably heroic heroine, enforces laws in her domain that generally discourage the aforementioned tendencies in her minions. As such, her goblins begin to show pride in their work- even in work that includes mopping floors and being clean. The [[TooKinkyToTorture dark mistresses]] show restraint (after one insists on [[GuileHero Ami]] torturing her). And the youma have shown signs of genuine loyalty to Ami [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe their first decent employer in centuries]].
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* Adam from ''IAmNumberFour'' is a heroic [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Mogadorian]].
* From ''[[TheLegendOfDrizzt The Thousand Orcs]]'' into ''The Orc King'' King Obould Many-Arrows starts out as a homicidal warlord bent on domonating everything like most Orc warrior leaders are prone to but after becoming the Avatar of Gruumsh One Eye chief deity of the Orcs he calms down considerably. Considering that the blessings bestowed upon him have apparently calmed him somewhat, he has become able to see things in a far broader perspective than any orc before him. This has already led to some speculations as to a pending change in orcish society under his leadership. In the prologue The Orc King, a hundred years have passed and the kingdom which Obould created, The Kingdom of Many Arrows, has survived the years, establishing trade agreements and treaties with the surrounding cities of the "goodly races". At the current time a descendant of Obould, Obould VI, is in control, but is being contested fiercely by shamans of Gruumsh who believe in the old ways of being self dependent and not being peaceful with the good races. The situation as it is in The Orc King also furthers the growing desire for peace within Obould; this, of course, is only strengthened by the story of the prologue (which takes place over a century past The Hunter's Blades Trilogy), which obviously shows Obould's vision of the future as an inevitability.
* In ''SpaceCaptainSmith'', Suruk the Slayer is one of these, and as the series is "The British Empire RecycledInSpace", he has some inspiration from examples like the Kipling one below. Suruk is a Morlock (which in this case seems to be a Space Orc), and is a ProudWarriorRaceGuy who loves a chance to use his ancestral weapons.
* Yuuzhan Vong warrior Vua Rapuung takes this role in the NewJediOrder book ''Conquest''. He's ''almost'' (but not quite) a DefectorFromDecadence- he has a very specific bone to pick with his people, and he's more than willing to help the Jedi to get his revenge, though he doesn't object to their ways on the whole. He does soften up some across the book, [[spoiler: and finally gets RedemptionEqualsDeath.]]
* In ''Literature/TheEdgeChronicles'', Hekkle is a [[FeatheredFiend shryke]], a member of a usually antagonistic race. He actively serves as a respected, trusted and resourceful spy for the heroes. Another, female, shryke, Mother Bluegizzard, is also benevolent and kindly, in contrast to the other female shrykes met in the series, who are for the most part bloodthirsty warriors.
* Vampire Lucilla working for the vampire-hunter private agency known as the Raven Corporation in ''Ravencraft'' series.
* Cara the ex Mord-Sith in ''The Sword of Truth'' series.
* Rlain in ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'' was the only Parshendi to defect to the side of the humans, and is quite possibly the only one left who hasn't evolved into a [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Voidbringer]].
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* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'' has two in one cast; Rev Bem (Reverend Behemiel Fartraveler), a member of a HordeOfAlienLocusts converted by peaceful religion, and Tyr Anasazi, a member of the Nietzschean race of genetically-enhanced humans who are screwing the galaxy (Pride wiped out by the dominant Drago-Kazov Pride), but he never claimed to be on the Hunt side.
** In the later seasons Tyr switches sides and is replaced on the crew by Telemachus Rhade, another Nietzschean who is somewhat ashamed of his species.
* In ''Series/StargateSG1'', Teal'c rebels against the Goa'uld and joins the SGC in the first episode, becoming a ''Shol'vah'' (Traitor) in the eyes of the other Jaffa for most of the series. His reasons for rebelling were because he realised that despite their claims, the Goa'uld are ''not'' all-powerful Gods and despite acting as their enforcers and slave-masters, the Jaffa are just as much slaves as the Humans on their worlds.
** Master Bra'tac, Teal'c's mentor and predecessor as First Prime, who spent over a hundred years working as a NobleTopEnforcer for Apophis, before finally telling his "God" where he can shove it at the beginning of the second season. He goes onto found the Jaffa Rebellion, which grows in strength over the course of the rest of the series and becomes a major faction responsible for ensuring the eventual downfall of the System Lords.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' has Worf, a Klingon (the primary antagonists from ''[[Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries The Original Series]]''), raised by humans (''and'' belonging to a former enemy race now allied with the Federation) and the ''Enterprise'''s head of security. Captain Kirk would be shocked.[[note]]Unless, that is, you accept the non-canon DC Comics spinoffs, where a Klingon defector named Konom served aboard Kirk's ''Enterprise'' during the timeframe of the original-cast movies. Though since Konom was explicitly a defector and a pacifist, there is still plenty of room to suppose Captain Kirk might be shocked at just ''[[HaveIMentionedIAmADwarfToday how]]'' [[ProudWarriorRaceGuy Klingon]] Worf is.[[/note]] Seven of Nine of ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' was a Borg drone, and she doesn't fully become human again. (Again, having a Borg on the crew would be unthinkable for Picard.) The Cardassians were bad guys in ''TNG'' and remained so in ''[[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'', but [=DS9=] had a resident friendly Cardassian in the tailor Garak, though he was often suspicious and had a murky background in Intelligence. Head of security Odo, originally thought to be be the LastOfHisKind, retroactively became this after the second season, when his people became the BigBad.
** Likewise, Dr Bashir is one of the few Augmented Humans in the franchise without any psychological or mental problems, a common side-effect amongst individuals who have undergone extensive genetic modification.
** And Nog, a Ferengi who joins Starfleet and serves on the Defiant. To a lesser extent, his father Nog who becomes a non Starfleet station engineer, and Quark who is a JerkassWithAHeartOfGold but is on the side of the heroes when it really counts.
* ''Series/{{V}}'' has Willie who was a Visitor, but played on the humans' team, as did Ryan from the new series. It turns out, though, that there is an entire underground of Visitors who resists the leaders from within.
* Hawk in ''Series/BuckRogersInTheTwentyFifthCentury'' is a variation of this. He is the LastOfHisKind because his people were persecuted by Evil humans. However he sides with the heroes because they are Good humans.
* In ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' Angel and then Spike both act as the token vampires on the show, only serving this role at the same time in the series finale. In Angel's case this is due to soul curse, in Spike's because of a control chip that stops him hurting people. And then because of getting a soul.
* In ''KamenRider,'' there's often a 'monsters are people too' subplot when the villain race is an entire species. ''Faiz'' has three Orphenochs living together ''Series/BeingHuman''-style (before ''Series/BeingHuman!'') and then reveals that [[spoiler: the main Rider is also one]]. ''Kiva'' from the same series has a trio of monsters from ''other'' monster races that were all but wiped out by the series' villains, the [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Fangire]], with Jiro/Garulu being the one who really holds the role in the cast. There are several non-evil Fangire, but mostly one-shot civilians - the one that's a main character is [[spoiler: again, our hero. Or at least he's ''half'' Fangire.]] ''Kabuto'' has the Native Worms, though they're [[spoiler: not on the level, in the end. This time, more than one character turns out to be one and is genuinely good.]] No, it isn't [[spoiler: Kabuto himself]] this time. There's the -taros quartet of Imagin in ''Den-O'' (as well as Sieg, Deneb, Teddy, and a few more), Ankh in ''OOO,'' and more. Also, several series have Rider tech being refined versions of the tech that created the monsters, making heroes and Orcs the ''same thing.'' (See ''Fourze, Double,'' and several of the older ones.)
* Cara the ex Mord-Sith in ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''.
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' Aeryn Sun is a Type B or Rebel Mook (former Peacekeeper, the main villains) although later characters like Craiss and Scorpius have similar roles.
* In ''Series/{{Doctor Who}}'', Strax could be considered this. His species, the Sontarans, are usually antagonists, but Strax serves as both this trope and Comic Relief in several episodes of new Series Seven.

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* In the classic TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}} adventure ''Orcbusters'', the Troubleshooters get stuck with [[spoiler: Randy the Wonder Lizard when the evil wizards abandon him.]] "Heroic" may be an overstatement, but [[spoiler: he]] does ''try'' to help ...
* Sylvan Treefender Oark in the ''TabletopGame/YuGiOh'' TCG. Despite his monstrous appearance, he is quite faithful to his fellow Sylvan. Also, he doesn't have the Dark attribute.
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* Subverted in the game [[VideoGame.DragonRage Dragon Rage]] with the Orc [[Characters.DragonRage Galthran Etruk]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series:
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 2}}'' Marcus the Super Mutant. A former solder from the Master Army, who with a Brotherhood Paladin creates a town where humans, mutants and ghouls can live together. He later joins your party, if you're good.
** ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' has Fawkes, who is simply more intelligent, better natured (and more cultured, thanks to him studying the records in a cell he was trapped in) than his "peers". He helps you retrieve a MacGuffin, helps you escape when you're captured with it and joins you as an ally if you have high enough karma.
** ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'' has Lily, a Nightkin. Unlike most Nightkin, she's fairly sane (and you can make her even more sane if you wish) and friendly, to the point she regards the Courier as a surrogate grandchild. There's also Mean Sonofabitch, a friendly supermutant who protects the community of Westside from raiders.
** Also, files of the first game feature Re - a rebellious supermutant. If we have enough speech skills, we'll be able to talk him to helping us killing TheMaster. Sadly, he isn't present in the game, though there are mods fixing it.
* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'': Canderous Ordo is human, but also member of Mandalorian Clan. Mandalorians are treated as a different race, he is a defeated enemy.
** This might not seem to count at first, given that he's working as a mercenary who recruited him, but [[spoiler: the player character is actually Revan, the one who previously defeated the Mandalorians in war]].
* After spending the first ''Franchise/MassEffect'' game fighting a machine race called the geth, you can recruit a geth teammate, Legion, in the second. Instead of a DefectorFromDecadence, they turn out to represent the majority of their species - [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything the ones you've been fighting are fanatical "heretics."]]
** Sort of Urdnot Wrex. A definite believer that [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch His Species Doth Protest Too Much]] and one of the few friendly krogan in ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'' (where most of them were criminals, pirates or agents of Saren).
** If you decide to save her in ''Mass Effect 1'' [[spoiler: and again in ''Mass Effect 3'']], the last surviving rachni queen becomes this, although she is an ally rather than a party member.
* Deekin the kobold bard from the ''NeverwinterNights'' expansions. In ''Hordes of the Underdark'', your other potential companions include a non-evil tiefling (a less-than-half-fiend) and a drow who judging from her actual behaviour is only called LawfulEvil because it's required for her to have the assassin class.
* ''Videogame/WingCommander'': Hobbes who mostly was a defector from the evil Kilrathi Empire until it was revealed to be a MemoryGambit.
* Gooey from the ''VideoGame/{{Kirby}}'' games is implied to be a piece of usually AlwaysChaoticEvil Dark Matter that turned good and became one of Kirby's friends.
* The Architect from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' is a Mook Rebel, being a self-aware Darkspawn who's attempting to try and sever their connection to the Old Gods, thus preventing the outbreak of further Blights.
** The Messenger, a member of the Architect's faction, who during the Darkspawn assault on Amaranthine warns the Warden that the Mother is ''also'' attacking Vigil's Keep. He can be persuaded to join in the defense of the city and if set free afterwards, becomes a mysterious cloaked hero protecting travellers from bandits, although responsible for accidentally [[WalkingWasteland spreading]] the [[TheCorruption Blight]] to a few of them.
* ''Videogame/{{Arcanum}}'' has Gar, "the world's smartest orc". [[spoiler: Subverted because he is pure human who has some sort of genetic mutation (orcs, humans and elves in this setting are so close genetically humans can produce ''fertile'' offspring with both orcs and elves). He has the mind, education and manners of QuintessentialBritishGentleman, but the appearance, strength and vitality of an orc.]]

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* Hawk from ''CityOfReality'' may count as this: in his original society he was a low-ranking drone in a vast army; on his new team, he is considered special.
* The central conflict in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' was initially presented as a cold war between the humans of the Court and the animals and magic creatures of Gillitie Wood. Except that a number of creatures are also allied with the Court as well. Some of them, such as [[TheFairFolk the Suicide Fairies]] and at least one fish, had to [[{{Metamorphosis}} become humans]] in order to leave the Forest for the Court. Others, such as [[LivingShadow Shadow 2]], Lindsey the [[GiantEnemyCrab Merostomatozon]], and Marcia the Dryad, are still in their non-human form. Jones may count as well--no one's quite sure ''what'' she is.
** [[spoiler: All that Jones knows, is she was there when the Earth was created.]]
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* In ''ProtectorsOfThePlotContinuum'', "semi-fic blips" are unwritten {{Mary Sue}}s or {{Marty Stu}}s; being posted is the PointOfNoReturn after which a Sue or Stu has to die.
** Also, since Agents can come from any universe, quite a few of them are of traditionally AlwaysChaoticEvil species. This includes actual orcs, ''{{Redwall}}'' vermin, [[DoctorWho humanized Daleks]], a sentient [[VideoGame/Left4Dead Hunter]], and a [[KingdomHearts Nobody]].
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* Iago from {{Disney}}'s ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}''.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'': Dinobot and later Blackarachnia .
* ''WesternAnimation/ExoSquad'': Neosapien Marsala. Still loyal to his people, he led the first rebellion but opposed the second, because he doesn't want Neosapiens to [[NotSoDifferent become the ones who enslave others]].
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'': Slimer, a ghost that helps hunting other ghosts.
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