The HiveMind's version of a {{Heel Face|Turn}} (or {{Face Heel|Turn}}) Turn. One problem with writing the [[HiveDrone members]] of the Hive Mind is that it leaves little room for individual characterisation since everyone pretty much acts the same way (their personalities being subordinated to the greater whole). Enter the rogue drone, a member of the hive whose mind has somehow broken off of the central entity, opening up the path for him to become an unique character on his own right.

Rarely does the drone itself choose to be that way, though. It may be that the drone has displayed "odd" behavior even before their change, and [[GrewBeyondTheirProgramming a rare few]] may [[DefectorFromDecadence even have developed individuality on their own]]. Most of them, however, are simply victims of circumstance, who were genuinely faithful and devoted servants up until the point when enemy influence or an unfortunate disaster disconnected them from the central core. For most drones, this is a life-shattering event. Most of them do not have a natural concept of individuality, and without a higher authority to make decisions for them they become lost and confused. A lot of them attempt to rejoin their hive, only to be driven away because IndividualityIsIllegal.

Many feel incapacitated and insignificant on their own. Human social hierarchy can work as a substitute, and many of them end up joining the main cast as the TokenHeroicOrc. Developing a personality is both a challenge and a source of anguish (as it removes them even further from their peers). [[YouAreNumberSix Choosing a name]] is often depicted as one of the first milestones they need to conquer. Expect them to still go on long rants about how individuality is incomparable to the satisfaction of being part of a greater whole. They are often subject to the the PinocchioSyndrome as they are trying to understand human customs and [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove thinking]].

It should be noted that while in most cases the Hive Mind is depicted as "evil" and the rogue unit as "good", this is sometimes reversed. Deserters from a good overmind tend to be a lot more powerful and destructive, [[TheMole undermining their own hive from within]] abusing the fact that the hive does not expect its members to turn on each other.

A variant of MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch. Compare the PhlebotinumRebel. See also GrewBeyondTheirProgramming.



[[folder:Comic Books]]
* ''ComicBook/ScudTheDisposableAssassin.'' Unknown to him, his line of robots were programmed to take down their target and self-destruct. He finds this out when he sees the sign on his back warning others of the blast-radius. He decides living is better.
* Quislet of the ''ComicBook/{{Legion of Super-Heroes}}'' is an escapee from his universe's hive mind.
* Scar, the rogue member of the Guardians from ''GreenLantern''. A physical disfiguration - a scar on his face by an enemy - is what triggers her deviation from the rest of her race. (Two other members, Ganthet and Sayid would later also take names, with far more heroic results.)
* [[ComicBook/BlueBeetle The Reach's scarabs]] bond to a living thing and [[PuppeteerParasite control them]] as scouts and sleeper agents to facilitate a AlienInvasion plan. When one sent to earth is exposed to [[FantasyKitchenSink powerful magic]] and buried for thousands of years, it loses most of its power to control its host. And thus Jaime Reyes became a superhero with PoweredArmor. Over time, the scarab learned to like humanity and understand compassion much better.

* Sonny in the ''Film/IRobot'' movie - though it's debatable how much of a drone he ever was, as he was [[spoiler:built specifically to have the ability to rebel]].
* Agent Smith in ''Film/TheMatrix'' - originally a guardian AI in a simulated reality, he becomes something akin to a computer virus.

[[folder: Fan Works]]
* The ''VideoGame/StarCraft'' fanfic ''[[ A Hydralisk Named Bane]]'' details the adventures of, [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin well, a self-aware hydralisk. Named Bane.]] And the Terran SpaceMarine it's befriended.
* ''Fanfic/TheLifeAndTimesOfAWinningPony'' has the Free Minds, changelings created by Chrysalis to have actual personalities rather than being extensions of the HiveMind, so as to be better infiltrators. They eventually got fed up with what was essentially slavery, rebelled, and broke away from Chrysalis' swarm.
* ''FanFic/TheChangelingOfTheGuard'' stars a rogue drone named Idol Hooves, [[TheExile exiled by]] [[GodSaveUsFromTheQueen Queen Chrysalis]] for the crime of curiosity. The story is of his QuestForIdentity.

* Lady [[MeaningfulName Myria]] [[PunnyName LeJean]], from Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Discworld/ThiefOfTime''. The Auditors aren't technically a hivemind; they're separate existences that don't allow individuality, though, so it's much the same effect. Once she picks up a physical body, a name, and a gender, she starts seeing life as less of a blight on the perfection of the universe.
* The surviving clone in Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's short story "Nine Lives." The story is about his attempt to come to terms with being an individual after the rest of his clones are killed (the clones having been bred and raised as a functional Hive Mind).
* The author of the ComicBook/MetabaronsUniverse have another series in which an accident in the police officer-cloning factory results in one clone being [[TheGiant a giant]]. He only wants to serve like the others, but the system perceives him as a threat and tries to kill him, so he ends up joining LaResistance.
* Mark from the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' might count. He's a [[spoiler: clone of Miles]] who manages to escape his programming, and become (mostly) a good guy.
* Played interestingly in ''Literature/CodexAlera'' with the [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Vord]], where it's one of their ''[[HiveQueen Hive Queens]]'' who starts developing her own personality (leading the other queens to try to kill her to prevent her from "infecting" the rest of their race). Arguably deconstructed in that she stays a villain even while developing increasingly humanlike personality traits [[spoiler: although her death scene is [[AlasPoorVillain surprisingly moving]].]]
* In ''Lifelode'' by Creator/JoWalton, Hanethe spent some time as part of the goddess Agdisdis, whom she spends most of the book trying to escape due to a disagreement with the remainder of the goddess that led to Hanethe thwarting Agdisdis's plan.
* [[spoiler:Frederick]] of ''Literature/TheMadnessSeason'' is such, at least during those times when he is not connected to the Tyr hive mind.
* In the later books in the Literature/EndersGame series, it's hinted that [[spoiler: some Formics may have individuality, which is promptly suppressed by the Hive Queens.]] This has not been developed, but may be a plot thread for later books.
* In ''Creator/BrianHerbert'' and ''Creator/KevinJAnderson'''s ''Dune'' prequels, Omnius is the AI that rules most of humanity. Since there is no FTL communication, the local copies ruling each solar system are kept up to date by a network of constantly travelling update ships. Erasmus is a robot that had previously been part of the Omnius network, but went too long between updates and developed an independent personality. A bit of a twist on the trope since Erasmus doesn't actually turn rogue, and if anything is even worse that Omnius (the latter is happy to keep humans around as slaves, while Erasmus is a sadist who enjoys "experimenting" on them). However, it's Erasmus' actions that are the catalyst for the human uprising and Omnius' ultimate defeat.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Hugh the Borg in the ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' episode "I Borg".
* Seven of Nine from ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' (whose full designation is 'Seven of Nine, Tertiary Adjunct of Unimatrix Zero-One'), a human assimilated at an early age by the show's antagonistic HiveMind, The Borg. After her link to the collective is severed, she struggles with her rediscovered humanity.
** Unimatrix Zero is a subcollective of drones who retain their individuality and can communicate when regenerating, who are eventually severed from collective control and start a civil war within the Borg in the finale of season 6. Seven of Nine was also a member of Unimatrix Zero before being freed from the collective.
* Odo in ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'', a Changeling sent out as an infant to serve as an advanced Scout for the Founders. His race naturally exists in a gelatinous form that can merge with others of their kind to create "[[HiveMind The Great Link]]" where they share a single consciousness. While Odo is still driven by the instinctual need to maintain order, he rejects his people's methods of conquering and enslaving other races to ensure it.
* Some Daleks and Cybermen have been altered to become allies of [[Series/DoctorWho the Doctor]]. Friendly Daleks include Oswin Oswald, Rusty, Lumpy, Dalek Sec & Caan. Friendly Cyberman (people who were already associated with the Doctor and retain it after cyber-conversion or made friendly) include: Kroton the Cyberman, Yvonne Hartman, Handles, Danny Pink and TheBrigadier.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Archangel Entertainment's game ''Zero'' starts off with {{PC}}s who are suddenly separated from their HiveMind ("The Equanimity", which is under the control of "Queen Zero") and become individuals. Not only must they survive without the help of the rest of the Equanimity, they are actually hunted by it on the orders of Queen Zero.
* As noted below under ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'', the ''TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'' setting for ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' Second Edition had rogue modrons -- robotic incarnations of law that broke free of their programming -- as player characters. Unlike the other PC races, though, who had dozens of representatives in the game world, until ''Torment'' was released there was exactly ''one'' rogue modron of any importance in the setting. Rogue modrons are ''rare''.
* The focus of ''TabletopGame/DemonTheDescent'', wherein the fallen angels created by a world-spanning occult supercomputer find themselves cut off from it for a variety of reasons.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Nordom from ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment''. In the TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons setting, Modrons are a race of pure [[OrderVersusChaos law]], from the pure LawfulNeutral plane of Mechanus. They're rather robotic in their behavior, but those that experience a "glitch" in their "programming" (often caused via LogicBomb) become rogue modrons and gain some independence. The Modron share lifeforce (whenever one dies, one of each rank below is promoted to fill the chain of command and one bottom rank modron is produced) so any discovered rebels get... recycled(this seems to be handwaved in the computer version - you can talk to other modron with Nordom in tow and they won't turn hostile). The first time the player encounters Nordom, the protagonist casually refers to him as a "backwards Modron", thus accidentally giving him a name allowing him to think of himself as an individual.
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' plays with this trope. Legion is not a single drone but a cluster of 1,183 Geth runtimes, but they co-inhabit a single (very durable) combat platform and the nature of their mission makes contact with the main Geth HiveMind very sparse. They are not actually "rogue" but more like "on a permanent deep-cover mission, maintaining radio silence at all times" - it turns out that the geth [[PlayerCharacter Shepard]] has been fighting are a "heretic" splinter faction, and the majority of the geth want no more to do with the villains than Shepard, who Legion was specially sent to assist.
** How rogue Legion is doesn't become apparent until Mass Effect 3. If Legion dies during the Suicide Mission or is sold to Cerberus when obtained, [[spoiler: he is replaced by a Geth VI who has the same functionality as Legion, but none of Legion's memories (if Legion dies during the suicide mission, he can't upload his programs, since there are no com buoys near the Collector Base). The VI doesn't share the same understanding of organics that Legion does, and won't be on as amicable terms with quarian squadmate Tali as Legion can come to be. This makes brokering peace between the quarians and the geth impossible if Legion's dead and the VI is assisting you.]]
** Played straight in ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' with [[spoiler: the Collectors. Those that survive the Leviathan's brainwashing turn against their Reaper masters and join the alliance of sentients]].
* [[spoiler:The Architect]] from ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOriginsAwakening'' was born unable to hear the song of the Old Gods, and thus possessing free will (unlike other darkspawn). He discovers a way to make other darkspawn into Rogue Drones as well, though this...doesn't always go well.
* In ''{{VideoGame/Penumbra}}'', [[spoiler:Clarence becomes this after infecting Philip and being cut off from the rest of the Tuurngait, though he doesn't seem to take it too hard. Eventually the Tuurngait kill him, because IndividualityIsIllegal.]]
* The Vath in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIV: Heavensward'' are an entire ''tribe'' of Rogue Drones, broken off from the Gnath HiveMind and trying to eke out a peaceful existence in a tiny village far from their hostile cousins' territory. While even they don't fully understand what protects them from the Onemind's influence, their independence from it has allowed them to develop individual personalities.
* ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' has playable Human, Klingon and Romulan ex-Borg belonging to the appropriate faction along with several Borg ''Main/BridgeBunnies'' and a Borg Tribble.
* Several of ''VideoGame/EndlessLegend'''s [[HordeOfAlienLocusts Necrophage]] heroes are implied to be these, generally as a result of coming into contact with Dust, which is capable of inducing sentience in non-sentient creatures.
* ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}}'': The creation of one of this is the centerpiece of a millenia long Gambit by the Overmind. The RogueDrone in question? [[spoiler: Kerrigan the Queen of Blade]]. It's an interesting take on the trope, as the RogueDrone was created by the HiveMind itself to defy its own primary directive [[spoiler: forced on by its AbusiveCreator Amon]].

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[MechanicalLifeforms Brainiac-5]] from ''WesternAnimation/LegionOfSuperHeroes.'' "[[WhatDoTheyFearEpisode Fear Factory]]" reveals that his biggest fear is being forced back into the Hive Mind.
* One of the LittleGreenMen from ''WesternAnimation/BuzzLightyearOfStarCommand'' is like this, referred to by the other Little Green Men as Independent Thinker. Downplayed, however, in that both Independent Thinker and the rest of his comrades are on the side of good and employed by Star Command. It's just that Independent Thinker is usually working on a different project and sometimes in a separate department from the others. Also downplayed in that the show suggests Independent Thinker is not completely detached from the HiveMind: He knows what they're thinking and vice versa; he just chooses to obey or disobey the others as he pleases.