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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) organization.

There are many shades of this trope which may appear:
* DefectorFromDecadence: He can't abide the evil ways of his people. Often the result of KlingonScientistsGetNoRespect.
* [[MookFaceTurn Mook Rebel]]: Sometimes, if his race are SlaveMooks for the BigBad, he may have rebelled and joined the opposition to fight his former evil master and free his people.
* RaisedByHumans: The heroes are closer to him than to the rest of his race.
* HeelRaceTurn: 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.
* [[DefeatMeansFriendship Defeated enemy]]: His race stops being villainous because they lost. At best now his nation is a VestigialEmpire; at worst he's the LastOfHisKind.
* EnemyMine: He shares a common enemy with the heroes, in some cases a rival faction of his own race.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: He's personally loyal to his (human or otherwise not of the mook-race) master who goes through a HeelFaceTurn.
* [[TheVirus 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]]
* RogueDrone: He's a member of an evil HiveMind who developed an independent personality that happened not to be evil.

See also MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch, MonsterAllies and PetMonstrosity.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/DragonBall'':
** Most members of [[BloodKnight the Saiyan race]] are vicious monsters. Some exceptions include Goku (who lost his memories of being a Saiyan), his and Vegeta's offspring (although they are part human), Vegeta's younger brother Tarble, and Goku's mother Gine. Vegeta starts off as a genocidical villain, but becomes an AntiHero through character development. Bardock, Goku's father, also starts off as a villain, but ends up pulling a full HeelFaceTurn in a spin-off manga. In ''Minus'', he becomes more mellow after meeting Gine, although he's still a mass-murderer.
** Frost, Frieza's counterpart from Universe 6, is the only member of Frieza's race not to be evil. Justified, as we didn't see other members. [[spoiler: Eventually it's revealed he is just as evil as Frieza, but he's a lot more clever about it]].
* [[AntiVillain Greed]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is a homunculus like most of the main villains, but rather than blindly obeying his creator, his greedy nature got the better of him, and he'll do whatever it takes to get what he wants. He's AffablyEvil and treats his gang of human followers well, rather than as pawns to be sacrificed. [[spoiler: After Father kills him and uses his essence to [[DemonicPossession turn Ling into a new Greed]], the combination of getting his old memories back and Ling continually FightingFromTheInside eventually leads him to join the heroes.]]
* Grasshop of ''Anime/SpiderRiders'', once he stops faking his HeelFaceTurn.
* ''Anime/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 participated in the invasion on Earth. Later, [[spoiler: after his HeelFaceTurn HeroicSacrifice]] he was restored by [[spoiler:Arma]] to his original form. While fighting Primevals along the heroes, he has to tell them more than a few times that he is no longer Pizza, and Gai correcting himself after calling him "Pizza" has almost become a RunningGag.
* ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' had Viral, who's a Beastman, [[spoiler: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.]]
* ''Anime/{{Macross}}'':
** Millia, Konda, Warera and Loli all eventually qualify as Token Heroic [[OurGiantsAreDifferent Zentraedi]] in ''Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross''. Before Space War One is over, they are joined by Exsedol and Britai; in fact, heroic Zentraedi become fairly commonplace in later ''Macross'' series, as large numbers of them have successfully integrated into human society, to the point where several characters are of mixed human-Zentraedi origin.
** In ''Anime/MacrossDelta'', Freyja Wion is the Token Heroic [[HumanAliens Windermerian]].
* Elma is implied to be this among Harmony Dragons in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. While she has her moments of [[FantasticRacism looking down on humans]] in early appearances, unlike other Harmony Dragons, she actually does value human lives.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/{{Bone}}'':
** Bartleby 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.
** 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 tentative 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 [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Worf]], Creator/DCComics' [[Film/StarTrekTheMotionPicture movie-era]] ''Star Trek'' spinoff comic series introduced Konom, a Klingon defector who joins Kirk's crew.
* Orion, son of ComicBook/{{Darkseid}}, raised by the ComicBook/NewGods of New Genesis. Also Big Barda, a former fury of Granny Goodness who helped Scott Free escape and eventually married him.
* ComicBook/MarvelUniverse has several members of the villainous Skrull race who for different reasons ally with various Earth's heroes.
** Hulkling from ComicBook/YoungAvengers, bonus points from being half-Skrull, half-Kree, Kree being another race Earth has bad history with.
** Xavin from ComicBook/{{Runaways}} is a heroic Skrull.
** John the Skrull and Skrull Beatles from Creator/PaulCornell's ''Wisdom'' and ''ComicBook/CaptainBritainAndMI13''
** ComicBook/SheHulk's ally Jazinda, daughter of the Super Skrull.
** Crusader, from ''ComicBook/AvengersTheInitiative''
** Even Kl'rt the Super-Skrull, the most iconic of Skrull villains is more willing to team up and work together with humans after he and Skrulls as whole were forced to pull on an EnemyMine with other races and few human cosmic heroes during ''ComicBook/{{Annihilation}}''
* ComicBook/{{Blade}} is a half vampire who hunts vampires, his ally Hannibal King is a friendly vampire who steals blood from blood banks in lieu of killing humans.
* Raven is the daughter of the demon Trigon but has long been an ally of the ComicBook/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.
* ''ComicBook/SupermanUnchained'': [[MilitarySuperhero Wraith]] is an alien that was raised by the U.S. military and has helped protect Earth since 1938. He serves as a HeroAntagonist to Franchise/{{Superman}} due to their ideological differences. [[spoiler:In the finale, Wraith sacrifices his life to save Earth from his own people.]]
* ComicBook/WonderWoman's NinetiesAntiHero substitute Artemis was one, hailing from the violent, man-hating, arms-dealing Bana-Mighdall Amazons. It should be noted that the Bana-Mighdall Amazons in general were treated as more of a persecuted race after Creator/GeorgePerez left the book, but Artemis remains the WhiteSheep of the tribe... comparatively speaking.
* No-Name in ''ComicBook/PlanetHulk'' is member of the Brood, a race of evil bug aliens and [[{{Franchise/Aliens}} Xenomorph]] [[{{Expy}} expies]] that fight against the {{Franchise/XMen}} on regular basis. No-Name on the other hand is a RogueDrone that fights alongside the Hulk as a Warbound member. She proves to be an exceptional individual unlike the rest of her race (who are by large sadistic and evil) during ''ComicBook/WorldWarHulk'' when she shields civilians from the impacts of Hulk's blows against Sentry, stating that they only came to make the people responsible for their home's destruction would pay, not to destroy another world.
* Broo from ''Comicbook/WolverineAndTheXMen'' is another Token Heroic Brood. He wears a school uniform and glasses.
* Rook in ''ComicBook/{{Birthright}}'' is a literal Token Heroic Orc. Most of his people fight in [[EvilOverlord God-King Lore's]] army, but Rook not only leads one of the resistance cells opposing Lore, he summoned and trained the ChosenOne prophesied to defeat him. [[spoiler:Though, [[{{Deconstruction}} given the nature of the series,]] the results weren't entirely what he was hoping for.]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* An example of DefectorFromDecadence is Tiger in Creator/DonBluth's ''WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail'', a cat that canít stand the evil ways of his people and choose not to hunt mice again, helping the protagonists against other cats.
* Friendly baby ''TyrannosaurusRex'' Chopper in the ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime'' sequels seems to be there to show that the Sharptooth are not just mindless flesh-eating beasts. This leads to the obvious FridgeLogic of what's going to happen when he gets too big to subsist on bugs anymore... Though this will probably never be explored because they never age the characters.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Nova (from the Apes' perspective) is this in ''Film/WarForThePlanetOfTheApes'' as she's a good human, as for them [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters Humans are orcs.]]
* The good Reptoid in ''Film/TheAdventuresOfBuckarooBanzaiAcrossTheEighthDimension'' helping fight the evil Reptoids.
* Desconstructed in ''Film/{{Bright}}'': While orcs are not necessarily evil, they are hated and treated as second-class citizens in society for their ancestors' crimes. Nick Jakoby is the first orc police officer in Los Angeles, but not only is he subject to racism and bigotry from humans, he is treated as a pariah by his own people for selling out.
* TheFilmOfTheBook of ''Literature/TheWitches'' introduced one such {{witch|Species}} as a plot device to [[spoiler:turn the hero back into a boy in the end]]. In Creator/RoaldDahl's original book, [[CanonForeigner no such character existed]], and [[spoiler:the hero was doomed to permanently remain a mouse (which also meant that he probably wouldn't live very long)]]. Dahl did ''[[DisownedAdaptation not]]'' take kindly to the changes, reportedly going so far as to stand outside his local cinema with a megaphone urging moviegoers not to see ''The Witches'' ([[http://www.mayonews.ie/comment-opinion/45-cmere/6417-the-season-of-the-witch]], [[http://www.universityobserver.ie/otwo/top-10-films-with-questionable-endings/]], [[https://www.indyweek.com/indyweek/friday-1127/Content?oid=1298906]], [[http://whatculture.com/books/9-times-authors-disavowed-adaptations-of-their-work]]). Mind you, this was mere months before the man died; ''that's'' how pissed off he was.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* Played with in ''Fanfic/DungeonKeeperAmi'' 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]].

* Adam from ''Literature/IAmNumberFour'' is a heroic [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Mogadorian]].
* ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'':
** Drizzt Do'Urden, a ChaoticGood drow, started out as this before he inspired a FountainOfExpies and [[OverusedCopycatCharacter quickly lost his uniqueness]].
** From ''The Thousand Orcs'' into ''The Orc King'', King Obould Many-Arrows starts out as a homicidal warlord bent on dominating everything like most other Orc warlords, but after becoming the Avatar of the Orc god Gruumsh One-Eye he calms down considerably, becoming able to see things in a far broader perspective than any orc before him, which has already led to speculation as to a pending change in orcish society under his leadership. In the prologue of ''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", and with a descendant of Obould, Obould VI, in control but 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 being as it is in ''The Orc King'' furthers the growing desire for peace within Obould I; this, of course, is only strengthened by the story of the prologue, which obviously shows Obould's vision of the future as an inevitability.
* In ''Literature/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 Literature/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 and slave-traders. Even Mother Horsefeather, although a greedy {{Jerkass}}, is nowhere near as vile as the shrykes encountered later in the series, and has a friendly relationship with Cloud Wolf if nothing else.
* Vampire Lucilla working for the vampire-hunter private agency known as the Raven Corporation in ''Ravencraft'' 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]].
* Slanter the gnome in ''[[Literature/TheSwordOfShannaraTrilogy The Wishsong of Shannara]]''. He befriends Jair Ohmsford and helps him on his quest to destroy the Ildatch. He is the only heroic gnome in the entire series. Otherwise, the gnomes are almost always faceless cannon fodder for the BigBad.
* ''Literature/TheBFG'', or Big Friendly Giant, is the only friendly member of his species, the rest of whom are AlwaysChaoticEvil brutes who [[ToServeMan prey on humans]].
* Most of the pigs in ''Literature/AnimalFarm'', especially their leader Napoleon, end up [[FullCircleRevolution just as tyrannical as the human farmers they overthrew]]. But it's worth remembering that the original revolution arose from the idealism of a prize boar named Old Major, though he didn't live to see the revolution itself. The AmbiguouslyEvil Snowball is another possible example, and pigs are mentioned among the animals who got purged for opposing Napoleon's regime.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Andromeda}}'':
** The show 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 a one-episode alternate timeline that may or may not have been the original one, another Nietzschean, Gaheris Rhade, was part (actually leading) the crew, and unlike Tyr and Telemachus he was ''firmly'' committed to the goal of restoring the Commonwealth... as he had had a hand in helping it fall, and was ''really'' angry with what the Nietzscheans had become instead of what he'd dreamt of. So firmly committed, in fact, that once genuinely convinced that it would be better if the protagonist of the rest of the series was the one to survive in the past and end up leading the effort he barely even hesitates to go back in time, take his old self's place and ensure that's precisely what happens, despite knowing it'll ensure he'll forever be remembered only as a traitor to his captain and to the Commonwealth.
* ''Series/{{Grimm}}'' Adalind is the most obvious example, as a former Hexenbeist (one of the most agressive of the Wesen).
** To some extend also Monroe, granted, the series shows that many Blutbaden live normal lives not harming humans, but also is hinted that he, in the past, was as wild as many others.
** In general the relationship of Nick with several Wesens (Monroe, Rosalee and Renard) is something that his mother, a more traditional Grimm, can't understand. Since Grimms are TheDreaded among Wesen for the VanHelsingHateCrimes some of them committed in the past, ''Nick'' is this to the ''entire'' Wesen community.
* ''Series/StargateSG1''
** Teal'c rebels against the Goa'uld and joins the SGC in the first episode, becoming a ''Shol'vah'' (Renegade) in the eyes of the other Jaffa for most of the series. His reasons for rebelling were because he realized 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 founding 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.
* ''Franchise/StarTrek'':
** ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': Worf, is 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=] has a resident friendly Cardassian in the tailor Garak, though he is often suspicious and has 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.
** Nog, a Ferengi who joins Starfleet and serves on the ''Defiant''. To a lesser extent, his father Rom who becomes a non-Starfleet station engineer, and Quark who is a JerkWithAHeartOfGold but is on the side of the heroes when it really counts. Most Ferengi encountered in ''other'' series are SpacePirates even ''after'' the attempt to make them the new Klingons was abandoned.
* ''Series/{{V|1983}}'' has Willie who is a Visitor, but plays 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.
* While the spin-off ''Series/{{Angel}}'' has Lorne, a friendly demon working for Angel Investigations, an agency of demon hunter for most of the seasons. Although Lorne is far from token, since demons are shown to be [[HumansAreTheRealMonsters no more evil or violent than humans]]. Angel's first sidekick Doyle is a half-demon, and he dies in the process of them saving a group of demons. Indeed, Angel spends nearly as much time helping innocent demons as he does humans.
* In ''Franchise/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/{{Being Human|UK}}''-style (before ''Series/{{Being Human|UK}}!'') 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. However, more than one character turns out to be a Worm 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,'' Chase in ''Drive,'' 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.)
** In both Rider and ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' this is a fairly common MonsterOfTheWeek, normally with either a reveal that they're just faking it or the monster dying somehow. Especially notable is ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'' as the Gazai Ganma [[spoiler: actually survives and becomes a regular (if background) member of the team, renamed Cubi.]]
** In ''Series/KamenRiderAmazon,'' the Mole Beastman failed to take out the hero, and was saved from YouHaveFailedMe by him. He went on to become a main character and ally. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, he does not survive to the end.]]
** ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger'' has a MonsterOfTheWeek become a comic relief sidekick type character. By the end, he works in the restaurant the Rangers worked in. And in that series the villains are not a species or altered humans - he was ''created for evil'' but [[MinionWithAnFInEvil has an F in it]].
** ''Series/KamenRiderExAid'' has this in the form of [[spoiler:Poppy Pipopapo, a mascot character of a rhythm game who is also a Bugster. Emu and Hiiro already had it figured out long before she revealed herself though, as her human name, Asuna Karino, is an anagram of ''kari no naasu'', meaning "provisional nurse", and a human with a name that fits their profession is tad suspicious. Later on, she also gains the power to become a Kamen Rider]].
%%* Cara the ex Mord-Sith in ''Series/LegendOfTheSeeker''.
* In ''Series/{{Farscape}}'' Aeryn Sun is a Rebel Mook (former Peacekeeper, the main villains) although later characters like Craiss and Scorpius have similar roles.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** Considering the general moral bankruptcy of Time Lord society, heroic Time Lords like the Doctor, Susan Foreman, K'anpo Rimpoche, Romana, and Jenny could count.
** Strax belongs to a hostile {{Proud Warrior Race|Guy}} called the Sontarans but nonetheless appears as an ally in several episodes.
** One episode features a Dalek who makes psychic contact with the Doctor and becomes a HunterOfHisOwnKind (although the Doctor doesn't view this as a HeelFaceTurn so much as a redirection of the Dalek's inherent drive to kill).
* In ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'', angels are [[VillainWithGoodPublicity "monsters with good publicity"]], as Dean puts it, but Castiel is a regular (if not the most reliable) ally, and counts as a DefectorFromDecadence.
* In ''Seires/FirstWave'', Joshua believes that his people, the Gua, are making a huge mistake planning an AlienInvasion of Earth. In his mind, if even 1 in 117 humans have the same TheDeterminator qualities as [[ChosenOne Cade Foster]], then the invasion is doomed to fail, or, at best, will be a PyrrhicVictory. However, Joshua doesn't technically join Cade. Their interest merely align most of the time.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/Space1889'' Red Sands' version of the game allows you to play a High Martian who, unlike the vast majority of his race, is not brutal, filthy and bestial.
* 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.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Creator/GaryGygax once related a tale of his original group, when one of the players (Lord Robilar, played by Rob Kuntz) decided to try recruiting a lone orc named Quij. Fast forward a few sessions of play and some amazingly good rolls on Quij's behalf, and he got promoted to the party's full-on {{sidekick}} and started advancing in class levels, a pretty significant thing for the "monster races" at the time.
** Needless to say, token heroic orcs are very popular concepts for player characters in all edition, fueling an oft-contentious demand for legitimate monstrous player character race options. Indeed, the Half-Orc race was initially born out of a desire to support this, and this trope is why the Drow and Tiefling races became corebook options by 5th edition.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Downplayed in the game ''VideoGame/DragonRage'' with the Orc [[Characters/DragonRage Galthran Etruk]]. He's on your side, but only because it's what is best for him right then.
* The ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series:
** ''VideoGame/Fallout2'' 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/Fallout3'' 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. There's also Uncle Leo, who appears as a RandomEncounter and will give you random stuff simply by talking to him, lamenting that he cannot give you more.
** ''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 [[DeathbringerTheAdorable friendly]] supermutant who protects the community of Westside from raiders. Marcus also returns, and is now the leader of a small isolated community of super mutants who simply want to be left alone.
** Strong of ''Videogame/Fallout4'' is something of a mixed bag. While he is comparatively heroic for a Super Mutant and approves of acts of benevolence and selflessness, he's also the most brutish and savage of the companions and loves acts of violence and killing.
** The Far Harbor DLC has Erickson, a friendly Super Mutant dog trainer who was altered by the radioactive fog to realize how pointless the lifestyle of a typical Super Mutant was and lives a quiet secluded life. He also sells you dogs to guard your settlements with, and gives you a bandana if you have Dogmeat in your party.
** 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.
* ''Videogame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'':
** Canderous Ordo is human, but also member of Mandalorian Clan. Mandalorians are treated as a different race, he is a defeated enemy. He falls under the Defector category, as many of the defeated Mandalorians have become brigands who prey on farmers and weaker opponents. As far as Canderous is concerned, they've forfeited the honor of wearing the armor.
** 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]].
* ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'':
** Qyzen Fess, the Consular's first companion, is a Trandoshan. In the ''Star Wars'' universe, Trandoshans are depicted as mercenaries, bounty hunters, and mooks for various unsavory factions. Their long-standing war with the Wookiees (and their taking of Wookiee ''pelts'' as a trophy) doesn't help matters. A Trandoshan allied with a Jedi is practically unheard of. Qyzen is indifferent to his people's overall loyalties, and follows the consular as [[ReligiousBruiser he sees them as a prophet of his Goddess]].
** Lord Scourge of the Jedi Knight storyline is a Sith Pureblood, meaning that his race were the original masters of the Dark Side and as such sticks out like a sore thumb among the Knight's crew. He joins the protagonist because he believes them to be the one to finally bring down the Sith Emperor and makes it clear that he considers it purely EnemyMine. According to the novel ''Literature/{{Revan}}'', Scourge previously made an alliance with Revan and the Exile against the Sith Emperor, [[spoiler:only to betray them and stab the Exile InTheBack, after seeing a Force-vision of another Jedi standing over the Emperor's corpse]].
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'':
** After spending the first game fighting a machine race called the geth, you can recruit a geth teammate, Legion, in the second. Instead of a DefectorFromDecadence, [[InvertedTrope 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 he survives the first game, he returns to the krogan homeworld of Tuchanka and retakes his position as leader of Clan Urdnot in order to drag his species back to something resembling the time when they were respected and glorified for saving the galaxy during the Rachni Wars, before the Krogan Rebellion lead to their defeat and disgrace.
** 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 ''VideoGame/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 behavior 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.
* ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'':
** The Architect 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. He suffers from a lot of BlueAndOrangeMorality though so is not really a straight hero. [[spoiler:There are hints that he's far more than a simple mook.]]
** The Messenger, a member of the Architect's faction, seems to be the only Disciple who is a totally straight example of this. During the Darkspawn assault on Amaranthine he 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 [[TyphoidMary 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.]]
* In ''VideoGame/Persona4'', it turns out [[spoiler:Teddie is actually just another one of the [[ShadowArchetype Shadows]] that the Investigation Team has been fighting off for the majority of the game, but he represents mankind's desire to be loved and as such is not malicious at all. He kept telling himself he wasn't a Shadow so he could appeal to regular people, though this denial resulted in his ''own'' Shadow.]]
* Literally in ''VideoGame/DivineDivinity'' with Kroxy, the orc warrior you need to recruit for the Council. He's the only orc in the game who isn't an enemy. Predictably, you find him locked up by his brethren and awaiting execution for disagreeing with their warlike ways.
* ''VideoGame/BaldursGateSiegeOfDragonspear'' has a goblin party member, for the first time in the ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' series that a goblin has been on your side. (Of course, whether "your side" counts as "heroic" is ultimately up to you.)
* Attikus from ''VideoGame/{{Battleborn}}'' is one of the hordes of Jennerit Thralls that commonly swarm against the eponymous Battleborn on the battlefield. Due to opposing the game's villain Rendain and being a Battleborn himself however, he's this.
* Hermann Wolff in ''VideoGame/ZombieArmyTrilogy'' is a rare ''human'' example of this, being a Captain in the [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Wehrmacht]] during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII -- after Hitler desperately unleashes [[ZombieApocalypse "Plan Z"]], he immediately turns on his former commander in disgust and willingly allies himself with the rest of the Survivor's Brigade, who consist of Americans, Russians, and both a French and a German resistance fighter, in order to survive and stop the zombie outbreak.
* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** In the series' backstory, the [[OurElvesAreDifferent Ayleids (Wild Elves)]] once ruled all of Cyrodiil and took the Nedes, [[{{Precursors}} human ancestors of most of the modern races of Men]], as slaves. So [[KickTheDog vile was their torment of the slaves]] that, when the [[SlaveRevolt slaves revolted]], several rebel Ayleid lords sided with the slaves (although some sources imply it was less 'the other lords were just that bad' and more 'there was already a civil war between Aedra and Daedra-favouring Ayleid lords' -- everyone involved on the winning side, including the Ayleids on the rebellion's side, had an interest in playing up just how bad the Ayleid rule had been). As a result, they were allowed to keep their lands as vassals to the new empire the slaves would found. (At least for about a century or so until an extremist [[FantasticRacism anti-elven]] religious sect came to power within the empire and either killed or drove away the remaining Ayleids.)
** Scamps are the [[TheGoomba weakest]] and [[FunSize smallest]] known form of [[OurDemonsAreDifferent lesser Daedra]], and in almost every game where they've made an appearance, there is typically at least one non-hostile Scamp who can be conversed with. The [[LethalJokeCharacter Scamp merchant]] Creeper, who appears in ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsOnline Online]]'', is one prominent example.
** In the ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]]'' backstory, Paarthurnax was this among the dragons, having been responsible for Alduin's initial defeat. He now serves as the BigGood during the events of the main storyline. There were other dragons that rebelled against Alduin's rule, but their names are never given and [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished they were all killed by the Blades in the intervening millennia]].
** Similar to Paarthurnax, the series' spin-off ActionAdventure game ''Redguard'' includes Nafaalilargus (a.k.a. Nahfahlaar), a dragon who managed to overcome his draconic nature and would ally with worthy mortals. For this reason, he was [[SparingTheAces spared]] by the Blades in the 1st Era and would eventually find his way into the employ of [[GodEmperor Tiber Septim]].
* Marina, the dark-skinned Octoling who makes up one half of the idol duo "Off the Hook" in ''VideoGame/Splatoon2''. She lives in Inkopolis as opposed to underground with the rest of her Octarian brethren, and gets along with the Inklings with no tension. Downplayed by the fact that, according to WordOfGod, no one except her partner/mentor Pearl is ''[[FailedASpotCheck even aware that she's an Octoling]]'' despite both characters doing very little to hide that information.
* In ''VideoGame/Prey2017'', [[spoiler:the rest of the cast is trying to [[InvokedTrope invoke this]] with your character. [[TomatoInTheMirror You're actually]] a Typhon organism that has been implanted with Morgan Yu's memories, then placed in a simulation of the ''Talos I'' outbreak. Alex Yu and his Operators are trying to make you empathize with humans, in order to make you a Token Heroic Typhon who can make peace between humans and aliens. You're given the choice to either accept this or to stay a monster.]]
* Robo from ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' is one of a very small number of robots that aren't obsessed with killing all humans, and the only one to actively assist the party and be friendly to them. Aside from Johnny and his crew, who are at best neutral irreverent jerks who'd rather just race you for fun, every other machine has [[CrushKillDestroy one thing in mind]]. [[spoiler:As it turns out it's a single rogue AI that turned on humanity and corrupted and reprogrammed all the rest to do the same, and Robo happened to be derelict and out of commission when this happened.]]

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Hawk from ''Webcomic/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.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* ''WebOriginal/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, ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' vermin, [[Series/DoctorWho humanized Daleks]], a sentient [[VideoGame/Left4Dead Hunter]], and a [[KingdomHearts Nobody]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''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 who helps hunt other ghosts.
* The Citadel story arc of ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' features a squad of Separatist Battle Droids that have been captured and reprogrammed by the Republic to serve under R2-D2's command as infiltrators for a rescue mission behind enemy lines.
* As in the example in the film section, in the animated series ''[[WesternAnimation/AnAmericanTail Fievel's American Tails]]'' based on Creator/DonBluth's film, Tiger is a friendly cat that is one of Fievel's (a mouse) best friends in a town full of mean cats. This becomes even polemic at some point as Fievel's parents do not fully approve the friendship.
* Similar to Tiger, the cat Fencer in ''WesternAnimation/{{Foofur}}'' is a cat that belong to a gang of stray dogs, and is Foofur's (the eponymous dog protagonist) best friend. Fencer's loyalty is never questioned even when most cats shown in the series are antagonistic, and even when Fencer decides to live among cats he is unable to adapt. Nevertheless the series does show that Fencer is not the only nice cat, as Cleo (Fencer's LoveInterest) seems to be too.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** The Season 6 episode "The Times They Are a Changeling" introduces a [[CaptainObvious good Changeling]] named Thorax, who spends the bulk of the episode trying to win over the trust of the ponies with the help of Spike. In the season finale, [[spoiler:he ends up causing a HeelRaceTurn for the rest of his kind and becomes their new leader, implying that most of their villainy was due to [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Chrysalis' influence]]]].
** Spike the Dragon as well, with his race being greedy and self-centered jerks while he was [[RaisedByHumans Raised by Ponies]]. His friendship with Dragon Lord Ember has started to change that, however.
** Gabby the Griffon isn't like the rest of the griffons of Griffonstone, who are penny-pinching grumps. She's bright, optimistic, and very friendly towards others with a big heart of generosity and enthusiasm.
* Garahl nar Hhallas in ''WesternAnimation/WingCommanderAcademy'', a good Kilrathi working with the humans.
* Tara in ''WesternAnimation/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' is a tomato working with the good guys, albeit only Chad knows she's a tomato. Same can be said about F.T. the tomato-dog. Of course, other tomatoes are shown to be not evil including a parody of the ''Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon'' and an ElvisImpersonator tomato.
* Mr. Logic from ''WesternAnimation/OKKOLetsBeHeroes'' is the only heroic [[spoiler:[[EvilInc Boxmore]] robot]]. His creator explicitly invoked this trope; [[spoiler:after Logic turned against him, Boxman was so enraged that all his future robots were programmed to be [[BlindObedience mentally incapable]] of performing a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' when Flame King claims the people of the Fire kingdom are AlwaysChaoticEvil, including Finn's LoveInterest Flame Princess. He notes that it would be theoretically possible to ''make'' Flame Princess into a Token Heroic Orc by having her hang out with good guys, but warns that [[RPGMechanicsVerse she would take a penalty to her experience for acting out of alignment]]. Ultimately played with; Flame Princess ''does'' become heroic, but it's hinted the fire people were never actually "evil" to begin with, just normal people living in [[ValuesDissonance a culture that prizes deceit and cunning]]. Once [[spoiler:Flame King is overthrown and Flame Princess starts reforms]], they become noticeably more friendly and open.