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* ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' might count, since Goombario/Goombella and other party members are technically main characters that are members of mook races. Captain Goomba from the updated re-release ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperStarSaga'' takes this a step further as unlike the other two, he's industinguishable from a regular generic Goomba aside from the flag he carries.

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* ''VideoGame/SuperMarioBros'':
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''VideoGame/PaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' might count, since Goombario/Goombella and other party members are technically main characters that are members of mook races. Captain Goomba races.
** The UpdatedReRelease of ''Videogame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' features a seemingly normal goomba as the protagonist of his own game mode where he leads Bowser's army in his absence. The only thing setting him apart
from the updated re-release ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperStarSaga'' takes this a step further as unlike the other two, he's industinguishable goombas is that he wears a flag on his head.
* ''Videogame/{{Overwatch}}'' has Roadhog, who was created
from concept art of a regular generic Goomba aside {{Mook}} from the flag he carries.another project. Jeff Kaplan noted that in any other game, Roadhog would likely have been an enemy, rather than a playable hero.



* The UpdatedReRelease of ''Videogame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' features a seemingly normal goomba as the protagonist of his own game mode where he leads Bowser's army in his absence. The only thing setting him apart from other goombas is that he wears a flag on his head.
* ''{{Videogame/Overwatch}}'' has Roadhog, who was created from concept art of a {{Mook}} from another project. Jeff Kaplan noted that in any other game, Roadhog would likely have been an enemy, rather than a playable hero.



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* The Minions from ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' have starred in their own [[WesternAnimation/{{Minions}} spinoff movie]] as well as a number of animated shorts.


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* The Minions from ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe'' have starred in their own [[WesternAnimation/{{Minions}} spinoff movie]] as well as a number of animated shorts.
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* ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica:'' Charlotte was just another MonsterOfTheWeek, but with the distinction that she killed one of the five main characters very early on. That action, her cute design and surprise factor made her extremely popular and she received tons of fanarts. She ultimately became a prominent supporting character in ''Rebellion'', where she's given a human form, Nagisa Momoe.

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* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' has arguably the ultimate version of this when it turns out that Cloud, previously believed to be [[ElitesAreMoreGlamorous an elite soldier of Sephiroth's rank and unit]], was actually just one of the same generic soldiers you've been slaughtering by the hundreds.


** Ditto for Hugo, a member of the Andore family, playable in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: Second Impact'' and ''Third Strike'', as well as alongside his manager Poison in ''[=SFxT=]'' and ''USFIV''.

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** Ditto for Hugo, a member of the Andore family, playable in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII: Second Impact'' and ''Third Strike'', as well as alongside his manager Poison in ''[=SFxT=]'' and ''USFIV''. He even got into crossover game ''VideoGame/SNKVsCapcomSVCChaos'' ahead of other ''Street Fighter'' strongmen like Zangief.


Usually will center on an exceptional member of the HenchmenRace. If the events of this story are canon this guy might become the AscendedExtra on par with the original heroes. Some of them will be [[HunterOfHisOwnKind hunting their own kind]] [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch on the heroes' side]], others will be trying to make it through MookPromotion and become a BigBad on their own right.

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Usually will center on an exceptional member of the HenchmenRace. If the events of this story are canon this guy might become the AscendedExtra on par with the original heroes. Some of them will be [[HunterOfHisOwnKind hunting their own kind]] [[MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch on the heroes' side]], side after a MookFaceTurn, others will be trying to make it through MookPromotion and become a BigBad on their own right.

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* One of the main characters in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'' is Finn, a Stormtrooper who pulls a MookFaceTurn at the beginning of the movie.
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* ''Videogame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' includes two of these: A [[Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft baby murloc]] who's special ability allows him to die about as often as his brethren for a pittance of experience; and a [[Videogame/Starcraft protoss probe]] - specifically, from the opening cinematic of Legacy of the Void.

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* ''Videogame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' includes two of these: A [[Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft baby murloc]] who's special ability allows him to die about as often as his brethren for a pittance of experience; and a [[Videogame/Starcraft [[{{Videogame/Starcraft}} protoss probe]] - specifically, from the opening cinematic of Legacy of the Void.

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* ''Videogame/HeroesOfTheStorm'' includes two of these: A [[Videogame/WorldOfWarcraft baby murloc]] who's special ability allows him to die about as often as his brethren for a pittance of experience; and a [[Videogame/Starcraft protoss probe]] - specifically, from the opening cinematic of Legacy of the Void.


* ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' might count, since Goombario/Goombella and other party members are technically main characters that are members of mook races.

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* ''VideoGame/PaperMario'' and ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'' might count, since Goombario/Goombella and other party members are technically main characters that are members of mook races. Captain Goomba from the updated re-release ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiSuperStarSaga'' takes this a step further as unlike the other two, he's industinguishable from a regular generic Goomba aside from the flag he carries.

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* ''{{Videogame/Overwatch}}'' has Roadhog, who was created from concept art of a {{Mook}} from another project. Jeff Kaplan noted that in any other game, Roadhog would likely have been an enemy, rather than a playable hero.


* One of the characters in ''[[VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy Mana-Khemia 2]]'' is a little girl who was raised by three [[MascotMook Punis]], slime creatures that are common enemies in the ''Franchise/{{Atelier}}'' series. She constantly rides one of them and uses all three of them in battle.

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* One of the characters in ''[[VideoGame/ManaKhemia2FallOfAlchemy Mana-Khemia 2]]'' is a little girl who was raised by three [[MascotMook Punis]], slime creatures that are common enemies in the ''Franchise/{{Atelier}}'' ''VideoGame/{{Atelier}}'' series. She constantly rides one of them and uses all three of them in battle.

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* The UpdatedReRelease of ''Videogame/MarioAndLuigiSuperstarSaga'' features a seemingly normal goomba as the protagonist of his own game mode where he leads Bowser's army in his absence. The only thing setting him apart from other goombas is that he wears a flag on his head.


* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''[='s=] module "We Be Goblins!" is this for their trademark take on the crazy Goblin race.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}''[='s=] module "We Be Goblins!" is this for their crazy trademark take on the crazy Goblin race.

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