->''"I assure you, I am the black sheep of the family. And while that would normally make me a criminal or a lunatic, in my ''evil'' family it makes me noble and decent!"''
-->-- '''General George S. Sternbeater''', ''Radio/BleakExpectations''

Everyone is familiar with the teenager "going through a phase" or being an [[BlackSheep out-and-out rebel]]. Little can equal the shame to a family with a [[LegacyCharacter legacy]] of heroism than the prodigal son or daughter who turns to villainy. Except, there are just as many families with a legacy of ''evil'', so what exactly is a teen rebel supposed to do to rebel against people who are already rebelling?

Why, rebel against evil and make a HeelFaceTurn!

Much like a PhlebotinumRebel, DefectorFromDecadence, and not-strictly-political CulturalRebel, the White Sheep rebels against their family's values by taking on "traditional" rebellious attitudes. Sometimes, one of two variations are seen: first, is when the character actually struggles to fit in with the evil family and [[MinionWithAnFInEvil feels bad that they don't.]] Alternatively, the "Sheep" is still fairly evil, but they rebel by [[VillainsOutShopping acting]] like a [[CivilianVillain normal person.]]

Naturally, some White Sheep may "grow out of the phase" and fully embrace their evil roots. Other times, they might discover that GoodFeelsGood (or that BeingEvilSucks) and make the change permanent. The parents of such a rebellious child may try to "correct" the problem by enrolling them in an AcademyOfEvil.

Contrast BlackSheep, where all inversions of this trope belong.

See also AntiAntiChrist, and OnlySaneMan; depending on how idealistic the work is, a White Sheep can be the latter. Compare EvilParentsWantGoodKids and RebelliousRebel. If the evil family show up after the White Sheep has built healthy relationships with good people, they're dealing with the fact that FriendsAreChosenFamilyArent. If your rebellion is against your entire ''species'', see MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch.

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[[folder:Advertising]]
* There was a chocolate bar commercial in the 1990s with a father encouraging his adult son to pursue rock stardom, and sharing the chocolate bar allowed the son to confess his true feelings:
-->'''SON:''' I don't want to be a rock star like you wanted, Dad. I want to go to law school.
-->'''DAD:''' (PuppyDogEyes)
-->'''SON:''' I really want to wear a suit, Dad!
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* Manga/{{Karin}} is like this (she's from a vampire family), though the fact that she ''can't'' suck blood and walks around in the sunlight [[CaptainObvious may have something to do with it]].
** Her relationships with her family get better when it revealed [[spoiler: that she is a special type of vampire who can induce fertility in the normal members of her nearly sterile race. One that comes about whenever the Vampire is in danger of extinction.]]
* Nunally and Euphemia in ''Anime/CodeGeass'' are this to the Britannian royal family. Lelouch is more of a [[AntiHero gray sheep]] who wants to [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge annihilate the rest of the flock]].
* Greed in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' is an AntiVillain who can't stand the thought of someone other than him ruling everything, so [[spoiler: he joins up with the heroes against [[BigBad Father]].]]
* Killua from ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' comes from a family of very scary assassins and rebels by taking the Hunter's Exam and eventually promising to stop killing people. Bonus point for having white hair in contrast to his black haired brothers.
* Dio from ''Anime/LastExile'' is well on his way to being this when [[spoiler:his sister catches up to him]].
* [[spoiler: Itachi Uchiha]] from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' is the WhiteSheep of [[spoiler:the Uchiha Clan]]. At first he was the BlackSheep, until it turned out that [[spoiler: the Uchiha Clan was harboring generations of hate]].
** It turns out he wasn't the only one. [[spoiler:Shisui Uchiha actually shared the same views as Itachi and aided him with gaining the Mangekyou Sharingan, meaning he actually ''did'' commit suicide. Then there's Sasuke, who was the WhiteSheep because not only was he a child, when it came to everything that happened to the Uchiha Clan before the massacre, he knew nothing about the coup d'etat and was the only one ''innocent'' in all of this.]]
*** [[spoiler:Shisui's WhiteSheep status was inherited - his father, Kagami Uchiha, was one of the few Uchiha who could have ever been called a friend of the Second Hokage, and was as fiercely loyal to the village as Shisui himself was.]]
* In ''Manga/NuraRiseOfTheYokaiClan'', Nura Rikuo is a decendant of youkai, who are considered to be evil or scary spirits. However Rikuo doesn't want to be like his family and protests by being a WhiteSheep. That is until he realizes this is a surefire of hurting more people than helping. So he becomes a Gray Sheep by accepting the youkai mantle and uses that power to protect his human friends.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Miho Nishizumi is this to her family, given that their style of tankery stresses ruthless determination to winning at tankery regardless of the cost, and she cares more about those she fights alongside. It turns out that [[spoiler:Miho's older sister Maho is something of a [[AntiVillain gray sheep]]; living up to Shiho's expectations mainly so that Miho will not have to]].
* In ''LightNovel/FateZero'', we are introduced to Kariya Matou, Shinji's uncle, who seems to be the only decent human being in the Matou family. Naturally, his family threw him out and considers him a worthless traitor. He joins the Holy Grail War to try to save Sakura from Zouken's plans... but, well, anyone who's played ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'' knows how that [[DoomedByCanon must inevitably turn out.]]
* ''Manga/OnePiece'': Saint Homing and his wife are the nicest World Nobles depicted in the series so far -- they went as far as abandoning their status as World Nobles to live a simple life, away from the decadence of Mariejois. [[spoiler:Which is why it's downright incomprehensible that they were the ones who spawned '''''[[TheSociopath Donquixote]] [[{{Jerkass}} Doflamingo]]'''''. Not even Doflamingo's own brother Rocinante (who inherited his parents' kindness) can believe it, as Doflamingo is a monster even by World Noble standards]].
* Downplayed with Giorno Giovanna from ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': He's the only known good guy among [[InTheBlood the evil Brando family lines]] that he never meets (He, in fact, looks up to DIO, not realizing his father's deeds). With a help of the NeighbourhoodFriendlyGangsters, Giorno escapes AbusiveParents, grows out of a hate cycle and joins the mafia ironically to become an idealistic hero.
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* Raven Princess Ashleigh in ''ComicBook/{{Scion}}'' rebels against her rather evil family by joining an underground movement devoted to freeing the kingdom's genetically-engineered slaves.
* ''ComicBook/TheFlash'' has the young Eobard Thawne and then, more permanently, his descendant Meloni Thawne. Before becoming Professor Zoom, Eobard was an obsessive fanboy of Barry Allen and dreamed of both meeting him and being him (he was still willing to kill someone to make it possible), though the Thawnes held a centuries-long grudge against the Allens and Flashes in general. Some four or five centuries later, thanks to time travel, Meloni married Barry's son Don.
* The Beagle Boys of the ComicBook/DisneyDucksComicUniverse are such {{Card Carrying Villain}}s that they are outraged to learn that their cousin 0, who they initially idolized for never going to prison and getting a number, is actually the head chef in a diner, earning an honest living.
* The ''ComicBook/{{Runaways}}'' are a team of teen superheroes who are atoning for the crimes of their parents, who were all criminals and supervillains. [[spoiler:Minus Alex, of course.]] This becomes somewhat murkier in their later adventures, as Nico increasingly embraces dark magic, Chase shows signs of becoming an abuser like his father, and Xavin's attempts to make peace between their homeworld and Majesdane results [[NiceJobBreakingItHero in both planets being obliterated.]] Towards the end of the series, [[spoiler:after Nico employs MindRape on Klara to prevent the latter from accidentally bringing down their house, Molly sees parallels with her own evil-psychic parents.]]
* [[PuppeteerParasite Toxin]] from MarvelComics (particularly ComicBook/SpiderMan). He has the same [[SociopathicHero violent tendencies]] as his parent [[SerialKiller Carnage]] and grandparent Comicbook/{{Venom}}, but his host was actually sane and law-abiding and was thus forced into playing [[KidWithTheLeash Adult With The Leash]]. Toxin is also a bit [[ChildrenAreInnocent more childlike]] than the other symbiotes.
** The current host of the Venom symbiote is Flash Thompson, who is a full-fledged hero who was on the Secret Avengers, is currently on the Thunderbolts, and is set to join the ComicBook/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy.
* In the ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' parody of ''Film/TheGodfather'', Vito complains about Michael not doing the same gangster activities as his brothers, and Michael Responds "I'm sorry I turned out to be the white sheep of the family".
* ''ComicBook/LuckyLuke'': Marcel Dalton is a(n honest) banker in Switzerland. The Daltons never really mention him.
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* In the WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck fanfiction series, ''FanFic/NegaverseChronicles'', [[spoiler:Bushroot]] turns out to be this. His family turns out to be the ones in charge of one of the biggest gangs before Negaduck rose to power while he ends up being one of the Friendly Four.
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* In ''WesternAnimation/MadMonsterParty,'' [[MadScientist Dr. Frankenstein]] intends to name his nephew, [[UnluckyEverydude Felix]], as his successor. Frankenstein specifically refers to Felix's mother as the "white sheep" in their family--she gave up associations with horror and evil, and thus Felix neither knows about nor wants his uncle's inheritance.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Billy Costigan in ''Film/TheDeparted'' seeks to become a cop, despite the fact that he comes from a family with a bunch of mob ties. When he refuses to give in to his handler's attempts at intimidating him, they decide to exploit those mob ties to give him credibility as the ReverseMole.
* Michael Corleone of ''Film/TheGodfather'' was raised to be the white sheep; he was supposed to begin the family's shift into respectability. Vito expresses regret shortly before his death that he ended up being the one to succeed his father, since he'd wanted him to be a US Senator or a state governor, and Michael reassures him that [[WrongGenreSavvy "we'll get there."]]
* While details aren't given about their parents, the White Queen in ''Film/AliceInWonderland'' closely fits this idea. She knows she has crazy running through her genes, and her sister [[TheCaligula the Red Queen]] shows how she could act. Thus, she pretends to be IncorruptiblePurePureness, but you can see her true nature in the loopy PerkyGoth that shines through.
* ''Film/AustinPowers''[='=]s Scott Evil, for a while. While not as evil as his father, he's not good either. In the first movie, while Dr. Evil wines and dines Austin and Vanessa, Scott suggest they just kill them now.
--> "What, you're feeding them? Why don't you just kill them?"
* In ''Film/CorkyRomano'', the title character comes from a family of TheMafia. However, unlike his father and brothers, all he wants to do is be a vet. Of course, at the end, it's revealed that his brothers have their own issues ([[spoiler:one is in the closet and the other is illiterate]]).
* ''Film/{{Greedy}}'': Danny is a subversion. He ''starts'' out as being more principled than his greedy relatives who are competing for their old Uncle Joe's fortune. However, the idea of making a fortune gets to his head, and he starts competing as well, shamlessly doing a dance he did as child, [[spoiler: and then staging an argument with his moralistic father to declare he likes Uncle Joe more. It is double-subverted when he realizes how far he has sunk, and when he learns that Uncle Joe is broke, he still takes him in anyway.]]
* Both of Cyril Carter's parents in ''Film/CarryOnMatron'' are career criminals, and he promised his mother on her deathbed that he would follow his father, Sid, into a life outside the law. However, he doesn't have the stomach for it, and he tells Sid that he has accepted a job in insurance. Sid plays on Cyril's affection for his late mother to persude him to do OneLastJob, the birth control pill theft at the centre of the film's plot.
* As of ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' [[spoiler:Luke Skywalker is the only member of his family to ever wield a lightsaber without turning to TheDarkSide, as both his father and his nephew fell (though Anakin manages to pull back out [[RedemptionEqualsDeath as his final act]])]].
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* Gabriel Syme in Creator/GKChesterton's ''Literature/TheManWhoWasThursday'' comes from a family that rebels against everything. By the time he grows up, the only thing left to rebel against is rebellion, so he joins the police to fight the anarchists.
* The younger Magpyres of ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' are quite evil, but they rebel by discarding all of the traditional vampire traits. They dress dowdily and pick the most mundane human names possible, as a pretty clear inversion of rebellious goth teenagers.
* Sirius Black in the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' novels acts like your typical "bad boy rebel" and is the BlackSheep of his family, but since said family are almost exclusively dark wizards, who are extremely racist to muggle-borns that they make the Malfoys look tame, he's one of these. Ditto his favorite cousin, Andromeda Black, who marries a Muggle-born. [[spoiler: And his younger brother Regulus, who, after discovering what the dark side really looks like, betrays Voldemort by stealing the Slytherin Locket, the Horcrux hidden in the cave, sacrificing his life in the process.]]
** And to drive the point home, both Sirius and Andromeda have been disowned by the family, their names burnt off the family tree tapestry.
* Literature/AgentPendergast seems to be the only member of his entire family for generations back who didn't turn out criminally insane.
* [[Literature/TheElricSaga Elric of Melnibone]] is the first of both his family and his [[TheFairFolk civilisation]] to start wondering about things like morality, which is what leads him to give up his place as Emperor and start WalkingTheEarth.
* PlayedForLaughs in the Swedish YA novel ''Omin Hambe i Slättköping''; the narrator's best friend comes from a family where everyone is basically a petty criminal - except his oldest brother, who does well in school and goes on to become a priest, which his family sees as a betrayal. However, it turns out he is also an embezzler, and he is welcomed back in the family by his parents, now very proud to have a son who is a ''whitecollar'' criminal instead of a petty thief!
* ''Series/RumpoleOfTheBailey'': In "Rumpole and the Barrow Boy", one of the Timsons (a large family almost entirely made up of criminals) goes to school, studies, and becomes a financier...[[spoiler: and is the one set up to be blamed for financial irregularities at his place of employment by his father-in-law-to-be, who is ''not'' happy at finding out about young Timson's family, even though he's never done anything wrong himself]].
* Drizzt Do'Urden, everybody's favorite DualWielding ChaoticGood drow DefectorFromDecadence from R.A. Salvatore's ''Literature/TheLegendOfDrizzt'' and the ''ForgottenRealms''.
* In Creator/JasperFforde's ''Literature/ThursdayNext'' books, Lethe Hades, or so we are told, since he hasn't made an appearance. Uses the exact phrase, too.
* Similar to the ''Godfather'' example above, Richie Burke of the ''Literature/SunnyRandall'' series was deliberately kept away from the less legal parts of his family business, which contains several high ranking members of TheIrishMob.
* In ''Franchise/{{Dune}}'', House Harkonnen are known for their [[DeadlyDecadentCourt cruelty and decadence]], but one of them long ago is a good guy, Xavier Harkonnen who was good friends Vorian Atreides, he was considered a traitor when he killed an evil Patriarch Iblis Ginjo who was going to harvest organs on the people of Caladan, and crashed his ship killing them both.
** In fact, the whole reason the Harkonnens are so bad in the time of the original book is because of how everyone else treated them after Xavier killed their [[VillainWithGoodPublicity beloved]] Patriarch and later after Xavier's grandson Abulard refused to risk the lives of millions of human slaves that the machines rigged explosives to at the Battle of Corrin. The latter of which got him exiled by Vorian Atreides and started the millenia-spanning feud between the houses of Atreides and Harkonnen.
** The other prequel series has Abulard Rabban, the Baron's own half-brother. Who was good-hearted and kind and so ashamed of the rest of his family that he took his wife's surname. Unfortunately his sons Glossu and Feyd-rautha ended up more like their uncle, and he was killed by Glossu.
* In ''Literature/PrideAndPrejudice'', Elizabeth and Jane are the only proper and respectable members of the Bennet family. In fact, the main reason it is so hard for the girls to find husbands is not because of their lack of money but rather because their family is so embarrassing. Their mother's brother and his wife, the Gardiners, are the closest relations they have that actually behave well.
** Anne Elliot in ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'' is the only level-headed person in a family full of fools.
** Edward Ferrars in ''Literature/SenseAndSensibility'' is the only nice person in a family full of {{Jerk Ass}}es. (Possibly he takes after his father, who has been dead for some time when the novel begins.)
* In George [=McDonald=] Fraser's ''{{Literature/Flashman}}'' chronicles, the anti-hero, bully, poltroon, liar, coward, cheat and all-around selfish protagonist is utterly mortified in later life when his oldest son, also Harry Flashman, chooses to enter the priesthood and serve God. Flashman's only consolation is to reflect "well, if the boy's learnt anything at all from me, he'll certainly end up as Archbishop of Canterbury".
* ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** , Sandor Clegane, compared to his brother Gregor who is known as an unrepentant killing machine, while Sandor is also BloodKnight he has [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]] of his own. He goes out of his way to protect both Sansa and Arya Stark. However he and his brother are the only two Cleganes who appear in the series,.
** The Freys are one of the most despised Houses in and out-of universe for [[spoiler:the [[MoralEventHorizon Red]] [[NastyParty Wedding]].]] They are a BigScrewedUpFamily, with Lord Walder Frey having over a hundred descendants. However, Perwyn, Olyvar, and Alesander Frey are described as quite decent, [[spoiler:which is why they were sent away before the Red Wedding.]] Lord Walder's oldest son Ser Stevron Frey was apparently quite decent, but died from a battle wound. Perwyn and Olyvar's full sister Roslin also seems a nice person, she and her husband Edmure Tully [[PerfectlyArrangedMarriage genuinely]] [[AwLookTheyReallyDoLoveEachOther love each other]], [[spoiler:even though at Edmure's wedding his sister Catelyn, much of their army, and Catelyn's son Robb was killed.]]
* Michael Oversteegen of the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, whose loathing for his generally horrible relatives is truly amazing. He defies family tradition by being a brave, brilliant naval officer and fundamentally decent human being, while virtually all of his numerous cousins are greedy, incompetent, or both.
* In "Betvingade" by Creator/SimonaAhrnstedt, Illiana Henriksdotter seems to be the only nice person in her BigScrewedUpFamily.
* ''Literature/TheSuicideShop'' is about a CheerfulChild named Alan born into a family of clinical depressants. While the rest of the family run a shop that provides services to help suicidals end their lives, Alan thinks life is wonderful and wants to put a stop to the suicides.
* Deah Draconi of the ''Literature/BlackBlade'' series takes after her mother, which makes her the only person who is a Draconi by blood who isn't evil.
* Many people in ''Literature/HorusHeresy'', as within the Legions, the Astartes are closely related by genetics, to the point of considering themselves brothers. While most of them support their treacherous "fathers" and turn against the country and people they were supposed to protect, several, like Nathaniel Garro and Garviel Loken, decide to remain loyal to the Imperium instead. Then there's Barthusa Narek, who's more of a Somewhere-On-The-Greyscale Sheep for the Word Bearers.
* ''Literature/StandByMe'' : Chris Chambers is one of these. He comes from "shanty Irish." His dad is an abusive drunk, his oldest brother is in jail for a violent rape, his second oldest brother is a gang bully, and he...busts his ass to get through the college courses and become a lawyer.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'': Sam Winchester grew up in a family of con artists and violent [[TheHunter vigilantes]], living on the road. It was his dream to settle down as a normal person and not fight anymore. Considering that his family consisted of warriors fighting monsters (although they didn't always look into whether those monsters [[HeWhoFightsMonsters were actually evil or even dangerous]]), he rebelled to go to school so he could become a ''[[AcceptableTargets lawyer]]'', and his entire life has involved [[CorruptTheCutie demonic influence]]; unsurprisingly, he's the BlackSheep as well.
** Castiel counts in a similar fashion. He rebels against Heaven, which would traditionally be a bad thing, but he does it because almost the entire rest of the angels are [[ItsAllAboutMe selfish]], [[EvilIsPetty petty]], [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] [[{{Jerkass}} jerks]] who [[spoiler:''actively decide to bring on the Apocaplyse'']], whereas Castiel's rebellion is in order to stop the Apocaplyse and aid humanity. This diminishes his Heaven-given powers and makes him a fugitive from the other angels. So from a human perspective, he's a WhiteSheep, and from an angelic perspective, he's a BlackSheep. More minor characters [[spoiler:Anna and Gabriel]] also count in this respect.
* Worf from ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Star Trek:TNG]] / [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Deep Space Nine]]'' is a Klingon, who are normally enemies/anathema to the Federation; but because he's raised by humans, he becomes a valued Federation officer. However, at the time, Klingons were at the very least on and off allies of the Federation.
** Same with [[Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine Odo]], who turns against his own people to help their enemies, the Federation.
** TokenEvilTeammate Garak is probably the straightest example of this trope. He leaves behind his father's business, the Obsidian Order, to help the Federation defeat the Dominion. Although he is reluctant at first, he eventually admits to liking Federation thinking.
** Weyoun's sixth clone falls under this trope as well.
* ''Series/TheSopranos'': Tony Soprano has a sister, Barbara, who only visits occasionally and is the only member of the Soprano family whose life is largely untouched by the mob.
* Ebeneezer Series/{{Blackadder}} from the ''Blackadder's Christmas Carol''. At the beginning, anyway.
* Joxer from ''Series/XenaWarriorPrincess'' comes from a long line of successful warlords, including his two lookalike brothers. He tried, but he just can't get it to work. He called himself the "black sheep" of the family once, and not in a good way. He has a third brother who is a CampGay dancer, but he at least is successful at his chosen field. [[TheLoad Joxer]], on the other hand...
* Vlad on ''Series/YoungDracula'' is an example of trying to fit in the evil family. The issue is that vampire kids have a DangerousSixteenthBirthday or the like and after that, go through TranshumanTreachery. Vlad wants to avoid this. Interestingly, his FilleFatale sister Ingrid actually is evil and she's the more rebellious of the two.
* Although her family are [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires Friendly Neighborhood Monsters]], Marilyn on ''Series/TheMunsters'' feels bad about not fitting in and thinks of herself as the ugly one - because she's a normal human and the family are Hollywood monsters who don't look scary to the audience, but terrify people in-series.
* Mary Shannon on ''Series/InPlainSight'' is a U.S. Marshal despite having a [[spoiler:bigamist]] father with a serious gambling problem who has been a fugitive for decades, a lifelong alcoholic mother (now recovering) and a sister who [[spoiler:trafficked drugs for her boyfriend, in Mary's house]]. Slightly subverted in that Mary is hardly a saint herself.
* Michael and his son George Michael are the sanest, nicest, and most ethical members of the Bluth family on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'' though this being the Bluths, being those things is relative. Michael kind of plays with this idea as the family itself considers him a WhiteSheep (that's why helping it regain its wealth and prestige is his job), and he can be pretty snarky and dickish to his family members whilst usually out for his own glory. His name was deliberately given as an allusion to Michael Corleone, who was similarly designated his family's WhiteSheep. Both families have a lecherous and impulsive brother (Sonny/GOB) and one who is nice but dim (Fredo/Buster).
* ''Franchise/{{Buffyverse}}'':
** In a strange way, Spike can be seen in this light. He goes from being a {{Badass}}, feared vampire who has killed two Slayers in the past to a lovestruck, 'neutered' vamp due to his being [[RestrainingBolt chipped]] and [[DatingCatwoman falling in love with the third Slayer he went after, Buffy]]. His love for Buffy leads him to actively seek out the return of his [[OurSoulsAreDifferent soul]] for a chance at redemption ([[AlternateCharacterInterpretation or just a chance at a relationship with her]]). Despite the nature of vampires being AlwaysChaoticEvil, Spike chooses to fight for good, act heroically, recover his soul, and attempt to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice]] [[RedemptionEqualsDeath himself]] on two occasions (he only dies once, and he [[BackFromTheDead doesn't stay dead]]).
** The argument could be made that Angel also counts; but he was cursed with his soul, rather than seeking it out himself, and when he doesn't have that he's Angelus, one of the most vicious and sadistic vampires ever to live, who isn't likely to act against his nature any time soon, and the last thing Angelus wants is his soul back. Angel, when he has a soul, does fight off the vampire's base instincts for evil, but it's usually clear that the human soul is the part that's ultimately in control at these times.
** Lorne to the rest of his clan, mostly by taking up singing, which is physically painful to the rest of his species.
* The Doctor of ''Series/DoctorWho''. He stole a TARDIS and took his granddaughter with him to escape the stuffy, boring old Time Lords and go and explore the universe. While later he would also go and use his powers and technology for good, directly against his species' laws of non-interference, it took a while; his first appearance had him rather bored by humans and perfectly willing to kidnap or kill them, if push came to shove. By the end of the Tenth Doctor's tenure, however, it is clear that he (along with two other nameless Time Lords) was ''definitely'' the white sheep of a truly terrible race.
** This is noted in a Music/ChameleonCircuit song; "I was a teenage rebel, and that stayed the same!"
* ''Series/{{Heroes}}'': Peter Petrelli. The Petrelli family are ruthlessly corrupt and ambitious with grand schemes. Peter is the sweet GenreBlind nurse who would rather help people out instead. He's also the family BlackSheep for the exact reason when the Petrelli family's plans are for good as Peter's {{Genre Blind}}ness will eventually bungle things up.
* ''Series/TheDukesOfHazzard'' has [[BigBad Boss Hogg's]] [[EvilTwin good twin]] brother [[MeaningfulName Abraham Lincoln Hogg]], whose name is just one of the things that make him an opposite of ''Jefferson Davis'' "Boss" Hogg, whose family has other villains. Abe's debut episode was named "Baa, Baa, White Sheep". (In a bit of a twist, however, it's Boss Hogg who wears white, and A.L. Hogg who wears black)
* An episode of ''Series/GreysAnatomy'' depicted a couple of [[HippieParents old hippies]] (Jewish by ethnic roots), whose daughter rebelled against their easy-going permissiveness by embracing all the laws of Orthodox Judaism.
** The problem in the episode was that the girl needed a valve replaced, and the most common one used (in lieu of a human transplant) comes from a pig. The girl freaked out about a "dirty animal" being inside her and wouldn't allow the procedure (even though she's not eating it, so it should still be okay). While there was an alternative (a bovine valve), the surgeon didn't have any experience transplanting one.
* Detective Sgt. Rick Hunter in ''Series/{{Hunter}}'' comes from a mob family. His family tends to be an embarrassment to him -- as is he to them.
* On ''[[Series/AgentsofSHIELD Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.]]'', Grant Ward's younger brother Thomas is this for the Ward family. Their older brother Christian forced Grant to throw him down a well and not help him until he'd almost drowned. Grant feels heavy guilt over this. [[spoiler:As it turns out, Grant himself turned out to be an associate of HYDRA, and additionally, their parents were also quoted as being "monsters". Thomas actually changed his name and went into hiding to get away from his family, especially Grant.]]
* The [[BlackSheep black sheep/ white sheep]] trope alternates generations in the Givens family on "Series/{{Justified}}". Arlo's daddy (Raylan's grandaddy) was a preacher, so Arlo became a career petty criminal. Arlo was a criminal, so Raylan became a lawman. Makes one wonder what the future holds for baby Willa.
* ''Series/{{Roseanne}}'' has an episode called "White Sheep of the Family." When Darlene returns from college with a $35K job offer, the rest of the family gets mad at her for acting like she's better than they are.
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* ''Series/TheAddamsFamily'': One of Creator/CharlesAddams' cartoons had Morticia Addams showing a guest the family portraits; among the horrible, deformed people portrayed was one of a respectable-looking man, whom Morticia explained as "(This one) Daddy always called the lost sheep."
* One ''ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' comic featured the sons of Barnum & Bailey, rebelling against their parents by running away to join corporate America.
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[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/ErickRowan, being the literal "White Sheep" of the Wrestling/WyattFamily, actually ended up being the only Wyatt Family member to [[HeelFaceTurn turn face]] upon the Family's initial dissolution, joining Team Cena against Team Authority at Survivor Series 2014 (the latter of whom featured his still-heel brother Wrestling/LukeHarper as a member). He's since [[BeingGoodSucks returned]], but he remains the only Wyatt Family member to have been a face.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' adventure ''The Circle and M.E.T.E.''. Megan Pierce rebelled against her evil witch mother and became a superhero.
* Any player character [[Creator/HPLovecraft Whateley]] from ''TabletopGame/{{Deadlands}}.''
* Candace Allard-Liao, formerly of the Capellan Confederation, later ruler of the St. Ives Compact in the ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'' Universe. Her father, Maximilian Liao, was rather AxeCrazy, her little sister Romano took up after her father, and her brother Tormano was more or less disinherited. She happened to fall in love a Federated Commonwealth agent, and defected to them along with her Duchy of St. Ives.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* Mortimer Brewster of ''Theatre/ArsenicAndOldLace'' is considered something of a black sheep by his aunts because he's a DeadpanSnarker and irreligious, but the aunts are (good-hearted) murderers and everyone else in the family is crazy and/or evil.
* In ''Theatre/TheAddamsFamily'', Wednesday believes she's losing some of her dark impulses after falling in love with a normal boy, much to her family's dismay.
-->'''Wednesday:''' Iím being pulled in a new direction/But I think I like it./I think I like it./I'm being pulled in a new direction./Through my painful pursuit/Somehow birdies took root./All the things I detested impossibly cute.
** Fortunately for die-hard Series/TheAddamsFamily fans, she realizes that [[CharacterDevelopment she can be in love and still be herself.]]
-->'''Wednesday (to her "normal" fiance):''' I'm crazier than you/That's just the overview/So get on board or simply move along.
* In ''Theatre/{{Electra}}'', Chrysothemis sometimes approaches being the OnlySaneMan in her [[SelfMadeOrphan murdering]] [[IncestSubtext incestuous]] family.
* ShowWithinAShow example from ''{{Cabaret}}'': the Mama of DontTellMama seems to be the only family member not involved in something seedy, as her daughter is a dancer at a seedy nightclub, her husband is a ''customer'' of the nightclub, her brother or brother-in-law is her daughter's agent for the nightclub, her mother or mother-in-law is ''also'' a dancer at the nightclub, and her son is involved in something bad enough that her daughter 'will squeal on him' if he squeals on her.
* The Polish play ''Theater/{{Tango}}''. The protagonist's parents, despite being in their forties or fifties, are still carrying on their teenage rebellion and breaking down "traditional values" in a caricatural way. The son not only thinks it causes nothing but mess and anarchy, but also laments that there's nothing for ''him'' to rebel against (including his parents' rebellious lifestyle, which is too devoid of rules and characteristic qualities for that).
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'', the character Witchcraft was raised in a family of dark-magic users, but rebelled as a teenager and became the premier 'light' sorceress on the planet. Her twin sister 'Talisman' [[EvilTwin stayed evil]], and is her primary nemesis.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', [[MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter Sherry]] [[HealingFactor Birkin]] and [[DeadpanSnarker Jake Muller]] are this. Sherry is the daughter of [[MadScientist William]] [[EldritchAbomination Birkin]] from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil2'', and was infected with the G-Virus. She now works as a government agent trying to save the world. Jake Muller is the son of former BigBad [[GeniusBruiser Albert]] [[AGodAmI Wesker]], and he ends up helping Sherry. [[spoiler: He even goes on his own to fight Bioterrorism in one of the endings]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'', Lars Alexandersson (Heihachi's illegitimate son) is the WhiteSheep of the Mishima family the only wholy good member of his family. Jinpachi (Heihachi's father) wants to be good but DemonicPossession prevents it (instead turning him into a DeathSeeker) while Jin Kazama (the latest in the bloodline) [[HeWhoFightsMonsters does bad things for reasons he thinks are good]] (he wants to eliminate the curse of the Devil Gene but to do so he incites a global war and mass amounts of suffering in order to accomplish that). Heihachi and his son Kazuya are unambiguously evil, although Kazuya [[StartOfDarkness did not start out that way]], while Heihachi has been evil from the start.
* Brentilda of ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' is the only member of Gruntilda's family we ever see that isn't an evil witch with questionable hygiene, instead appearing as some kind of fairy godmother.
* The character Lanky Kong from ''VideoGame/{{Donkey Kong 64}}'' is subtly implied to be a Manky Kong (a clan of evil orangutang Kongs, the BlackSheep of the Kong family tree) who has chosen to turn his back on his birth clan's wickedness and mend ties with his fellow Kongs.
* ''VideoGame/OneFingerDeathPunch'' is this to its creator, Silver Dollar Games. The company is most notorious for one-dollar UsefulNotes/{{Shovelware}} on XBLA, but this game has gotten such a positive reaction (it's currently the highest-rated game on Steam, at 99% Positive) that some have theorized the shovelware was done to finance it.
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'' ''Knights of the Fallen Empire'', Senya is the only decent and sane member of the imperial family of the Eternal Empire. One of her sons became a tyrannical emperor, her daughter is psychopathic force user who makes Darth Vader look reasonable, and her husband is a galaxy conquering, and soul devouring monster.
* Maria from ''Franchise/SonicTheHedgehog'' was the only known member of the Robotnik family to not be an evil scientist. She wanted to protect the world. Naturally, [[TooGoodForThisSinfulEarth she was killed as a child]].
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'': Dr. [=McNinja=] is an interesting case. He comes from a family of ninjas who are not too happy about his decision to be a doctor instead of an assassin. When Doc convinces his family that being a doctor doesn't make him any less of a competent ninja, they come around to respecting him.
* Essentially the premise of ''Webcomic/EvilDiva'' is a young demoness rebelling against her devil family by becoming a MagicalGirl for the forces of good!
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'',
** The Heterodyne Boys are the "white sheep" of a long line of megalomaniacal, vicious, and extremely competent [[MadScientist Sparky]] rulers.
** Agatha Heterodyne is even more of a white sheep than her father and uncle - apparently she's already beat them when it comes to not killing people.
--> '''Agatha:''' ...and here I was worried that I wouldn't be any good at this.\\
'''Vanamonde:''' Heh. You have fifty generations of lowered expectations working for you.\\
'''Town Elder #1:''' Two minutes, and she hasn't killed ''anyone!''\\
'''Town Elder #2:''' A ''new record!''
** Violetta is the white sheep of the extended Valois clan. She doesn't want to be a Smoke Knight (spy/bodyguard/assassin), despite the fact that it's been the job of her branch of the family for at least two hundred years, and she jumps at the chance to switch allegiance and serve Agatha instead. Despite Tarvek also being a protagonist, it doesn't change the fact that Violetta is the only one in the family who isn't manipulative and treacherous with plans to conquer the continent.
* In ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'', the party is helped at one point by teenaged goblins. Since goblins are AlwaysChaoticEvil, it puzzles them until Haley, thinking about her past as a gloomy {{goth}} teenager, deduces that being NeutralGood is their way of rebelling against their parents.
* In ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'', [[TokenWholesome Vanessa]] is the only member of her large family who has never had any trouble with the law. [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Davan]] consoles her by noting all the church-burners and Klansmen in his ancestry, along with the one law-abiding judge who wouldn't bend for family loyalty.
* ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'': Luna is pretty much the only good person in her family. Her mother tried to drive her to suicide, one of her sisters seduced and enchanted men into getting killed in duels and leaving her their money, another sister was a lawyer, and the third was an assassin-for-hire. Though the lawyer at least had enough ethics to stop short of killing people.
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[[folder:WebOriginal]]
* In ''WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv'', ''Light'' [[ALighterShadeOfBlack is this when compared]] to [[RonTheDeathEater Souichiro]] [[spoiler: and the other Shinigami who intend to invade the earth and enslave humanity and have set [[TragicVillain Kira]] [[UnwittingPawn up to take the fall.]]]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}, Theo Anders is the son of white supremacist supervillains, but he does not share their views, and wants to become a hero, [[spoiler:which he eventually does.]]
* ''Film/NoobLaQueteLegendaire'' reveals this to be the case for [[spoiler:Sparadrap and Ystos, two of the nicest characters that turn out to be the sons of a mafia big wig. Ystos is explicitly this by choice, stating he prefers reading video game magazines to following his family's problems with justice on the news. Sparadrap, being a Man Child and not that smart, may be either locked out of the loop or oblivious.]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* WesternAnimation/CountDuckula is a literal VegetarianVampire and not at all ashamed of breaking with the bloody example of his ancestors/previous incarnations. In his case, it's explicitly stated that there was a screwup during the ritual that brought him to unlife.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' episode "Life, the Negaverse, and Everything", the Gosalyn of Negaduck's alternative universe is a sweet little girl (in contrast to her criminal mastermind guardian), and, more to the point, Tank Muddlefoot, a bullying BlackSheep in the original universe, is in moral rebellion against the evil Muddlefoots of the Negaverse.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'', Melanie Walker's family treated her [[DatingCatwoman relationship with Terry]] as teenage rebellion. When she actually completed her HeelFaceTurn, they disowned her. Then Jack joined her when she paid his bail money after their parents left him in jail.
* Señor Senior Junior in ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible''. He is fine with being evil, but doesn't understand, for instance, [[WhyDontYouJustShootHim what's with the complex death traps]].
** Although notably, this is a much shorter lineage--Junior's father only took evil up as a hobby, so [[JustifiedTrope he can]] [[ContractualGenreBlindness afford to act]] [[RichInDollarsPoorInSense poor in sense]] [[ForTheLulz because that's what makes it fun]].
** What makes him fit the trope is that he'd rather be [[TeenIdol a pop star]] or [[RichIdiotWithNoDayJob just a wealthy layabout]] than a villain. He goes along with his father's plans because that's the path of least resistance.
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'': Shane Gooseman is the youngest of the [[ArtificialHuman Supertroopers]], and the others gave him the derisive nickname of "Runt" as a result. He was unwilling to accept needless casualties, questioned his purpose as a living weapon, and developed compassion. The rest of his Supertrooper "family" (with the sole exception of Darkstar) [[GoneHorriblyRight turned out to be everything you'd expect a living weapon to be]] - amoral, cruel, and bloodthirsty.
* When Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' tries to stop a bunch of fire nation troops from being used as cannon fodder, he gets burned and exiled for his trouble. [[spoiler:Later he makes a HeelFaceTurn and teaches the Avatar fire bending]]
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Thundercats 2011}} [=ThunderCats (2011)=]]]'' has Thundera's {{Catfolk}} RebelPrince Lion-O, introduced as a conventional BlackSheep, a duty-shirking {{Cloudcuckoolander}} believer in LostTechnology in a ProudWarriorRace royal family, who inhabits a magical kingdom stuck in MedievalStasis. Yet as his world is revealed, social stratification, {{Animal Jingo|ism}}ist FantasticRacism and CulturalPosturing become more apparent, until it's obvious that Thundera is not TheKingdom, but an expansionist EvilEmpire. When Lion-O decides to hear out some particularly vitriolic [[StockPunishment stockaded]] and enslaved LizardFolk prisoners-of-war, he's forced to confront the idea that MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch, and ends up further alienating his father and his subjects as he [[ZombieAdvocate defends]] the Lizards from a VigilanteExecution by AngryMob.
* Several characters in ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'' fit this trope:
** The first, Artemis Crock, is actually the daughter of [[spoiler:Sportsmaster]] and her mother was a former villain who reformed after getting out of prison. Artemis' sister, [[spoiler:Jade, also known as Cheshire]] works for the League of Shadows.
** [[spoiler:Aqualad]] ''was'' an unknowing version of this, since while he didn't know it, his father is [[spoiler:Black Manta.]]
*** [[spoiler:Bad news as of the third episode of Season 2- he's passed the DespairEventHorizon and done a FaceHeelTurn after he found out, so he no longer counts.]]
*** [[spoiler: Good news as of the seventh episode of Season 2- The FaceHeelTurn was [[FakeDefector faked]] and Aqualad is still a member of the team, working with Nightwing, Artemis, and Kid Flash to infiltrate [[BigBad The Light]].]]
** The Scarab zigzags this trope. [[spoiler:He starts out fighting against the Reach that created him, then gets put on mode and forced to fight for the Reach, and then gets crashed and goes back to good. He makes it pretty clear in "Intervention" that he was GoodAllAlong, just controlled.]]
* From ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeagueUnlimited'', we have Brainiac 5 from the 31st century, dedicated to undoing all his ancestors' work. He even describes himself as a black sheep. [[spoiler: Ironically enough, Supergirl ends up dating him, which makes it ''very'' awkward when Green Arrow and Green Lantern have to tell Superman who his cousin is dating.]]
* Beezy J. Heinous from ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', who is much more interested in hanging out with his friends and eating than in spreading misery like the rest of the Heinouses.
* Zigzagged in ''WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor''; [[spoiler: Number 86 is one of the good guys - well, technically - and a high ranking member at that. Her father is the villainous Mr. Boss, one of the organization's worst enemies. Oddly enough, she and her dad seem to get along perfectly fine at home.]]
** Also, [[spoiler:Numbah One's dad is actually the founder of the Kids Next Door, which he started to combat his own dad. He's also brother of the series BigBad, Father.]]
* In ''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}'' is Cousin Durwood. He went against the family values by... getting an education and living a wholesome life.
* Pacifica Northwest of ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'' develops into one in the second season. After spending the first season as a [[FlatCharacter one-dimensional]] [[SnobsVersusSlobs snobby]] [[TheRival rival]] to Mabel, the episode "Northwest Mansion Mystery" make it apparent that she's been conditioned to behave this way by her parents to an outright Pavlovian degree (her father even rings a bell to make her obey). After discovering that her entire family line is full of utterly horrible people, and that she's been groomed her whole life to be just like them, she decides to make an effort to be a better person.
* In ''WesternAnimation/BojackHorseman'', Diane's family are all lazy assholes who utterly resent her for trying to make something of herself. There's also Bradley Hitler-Smith, who is a double example, because besides avoiding the destiny implied by his surname, he's also the most well-adjusted former cast member from ''Horsin' Around''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* Many adult survivors of child abuse who choose to recognize and break the cycle of abuse feel that they are essentially white sheep, especially in cases of abuse across multiple generations.
* Frank Dalton was a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Arkansas, who was shot and killed in the line of duty. His brothers Bob, Emmett, Bill and Grat were all infamous outlaws.
* Al Capone's older brother James ran away from home and became... a Prohibition agent.
* Nathan Phelps is an atheist activist who happens to be the son of Fred Phelps, who founded the Westboro Baptist Church.
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