I get a different impression - that a set of mooks is perceived as evil (but turn out not to be) OR as representative for their whole culture/race (but turn out not to be). I'm not convinced these are both the same
trope, but they're both about the pattern of "you fight a bunch of orcs and conclude that therefore ALL orcs everywhere are EVIL". This trope is when either some orcs are different from the ones you fought (e.g. river vs sea zoras in Zelda) or when all orcs including the ones you fought had deeper motives that show they're not actually evil.
The name is somewhat misleading in both cases though; in neither case are any orcs necessarily good
, but Just Because You Fight Some Members Of A Culture Doesnt Make The Whole Culture Evil
is too awkward for a trope name :)
Note also that this is almost completely un
related to Evil All Along
, which is "somebody you thought was working for you was actually working against you the whole time"; it may seem like Face-Heel Turn
except that the character was never a face in the first place, you just assumed he was. It strikes me that Evil All Along
is a good name for what that trope is, whereas Good All Along
is a Snow Clone
that misses the point of its content.
edited 15th May '13 3:48:21 AM by Spark9
Special trousers. Very heroic.