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Orc Raised by Elves is the opposite of Raised by Orcs. In that trope, someone who is from a good group is raised by villains; this is the opposite, a member of a bad group being raised by a good group. This trope, like the other one, gets into the nurture/nature issue. Sometimes, the "orc" will turn out good, thanks to their upbringing, but at other occasions, being evil is In the Blood. Sometimes the raised orc will confront members of his biological race. Interesting stuff will happen, like the raised orc thinking they're enemies, or potential friends, or wondering why he looks more similar to them than the ones who raised him.

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Compare with The Farmer and the Viper, which sometimes overlaps, although that's more generally about evil characters being incapable of reciprocating kindness. See also Raised by Humans, Nature vs. Nurture, and of course Elves vs. Dwarves.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Kakarot from Dragon Ball was a Saiyan (a warrior race known for eliminating the populations of entire planets for profit) who came to Earth as a baby and was found by Son Gohan, an Old Master martial artist. As a result of falling headfirst onto a rock and being raised by Son Gohan, the baby grew up to be a loving and cheerful child, renamed by Gohan as Son Goku.
  • in YuYu Hakusho, there's Kurama, a reincarnation of a silver-haired fox demon that born into a human child called Shuichi Minamino. He only planned to stay in his human body until he recovered enough power to return to his old ways, but the loving cares of his human mother formed emotional bonds between them. He was at the point of wanting to save her life when she was ill at the start of the series. First appearing as a possible enemy, when he saw the efforts of Yusuke for saving him and his mother at cost of his own life, Kurama decides to join to his side without hesitation, and later convince demon Hiei to do the same.

    Comic Books 
  • In the New Gods series, Orion is this, being part of an experiment/peace deal that also included Raised by Orcs. Scott Free was the son of one of the benevolent deities and was given to be raised by the Evil Overlord Darkseid. Darkseid's son, Orion, was raised in his place. Both of them grow up to be heroes, Orion's rage was given a positive outlet and he became one of New Genesis greatest champions, while Darkseid was not able to stunt Scott Free's underlying nature or crush his hope no matter how much torture he underwent, and he eventually escaped to Earth where he became Mister Miracle (in the process costing Darkseid one of his strongest minions, Big Barda, who fell in love with Scott and escaped with him).
  • The eponymous character Hellboy, a demon considered as the Anti Christ, who was found by humans as a baby to be later raised to become an All-American Hero.
  • Damian Wayne, biological son of Batman/Bruce Wayne and Talia al Ghul, was raised by his mother and trained by the League of Assassins as a killer at early age. Without knowing a word of his existence, Damian appears in his 10s in Wayne's house as a ruthless and violent kid left there by Talia to disrupt Batman's work. With his mentorship as well as Dick Grayson's (who would become the new Batman when Bruce temporarily died), Damian made a Heel–Face Turn and eventually became the new Robin, being like an Anti-Hero version of this Kid Sidekick.
  • Loki from The Mighty Thor was a Frost Giant raised by Odin after (apparently) killing his father Laufey. Loki attempts to conquer and destroy Asgard and in general the universe. He also hates his own race, especially his Abusive Parent (who Loki also killed in one instance).
  • Subverted/deconstructed in Rom vs. Transformers: Shining Armor; the Space Knights think they've done this by raising Stardrive, a young Transformer they rescued from a destroyed ship, but in truth they haven't done anything of the sort. Their only real contact with Transformers has been peripheral reports of collateral damage caused by the Great War and the Decepticons attacking organic worlds for resources. Rom is legitimately shocked and disturbed when he realizes that the "evil killer robots" he's been hearing horror stories about his whole life are actually just normal people who happen to be sentient machines. The rest of the Space Knights are even slower to accept the fact that the Autobots are generally good people trying to stop the Decepticons. This all causes Stardrive to suffer not just from discrimination in the Space Knight ranks, but also from extreme self-loathing.
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    Films — Live-Action 
  • This is interestingly presented in Thor. Loki had always felt different among his fellow Asgardians, but he never realized he was a Frost Giant because a Glamour had disguised his true appearance. When he discovers the truth, he's furious because while Odin did love him, Loki was nonetheless meant to be a political pawn in Odin's attempt to create lasting peace between Jötunheim and Asgard note . Loki then strikes a deal with the Giants which would allow them to invade Asgard — Loki despises the Jötnar, and in a twisted way of proving his loyalty to Asgard, he had planned to wipe out his own species.

    Literature 
  • Veil in Outcast of Redwall is a vermin (and thus Always Chaotic Evil) raised by the Abbey Dwellers (generally Always Lawful Good) and is presented as definitely leaning toward evil, but ultimately makes a Heroic Sacrifice. It may be implied that the Abbey Dwellers made him morally ambiguous by treating him with suspicion since childhood, but since vermin are generally Always Chaotic Evil in the series, maybe not.
  • Mr. Nutt in the Discworld novel Unseen Academicals actually is an orc and was raised by humans and Friendly Neighborhood Vampires. He's a stand-up guy, although in this case, it's questionable whether orcs actually were Always Chaotic Evil to begin with.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire: A direwolf is a close relative of the wolf, but larger and stronger. Direwolves are extinct south of the Wall, as they are a very large and dangerous predator, and people have probably hunted them out. Robb Stark found a dead female direwolf with a litter of six pups on the path between Winterfell and the holdfast where Gared was executed, these direwolves were raised by the members of House Stark and become mascots and companions of every member of the family. Also, a grey direwolf in a white field is the sigil of House Stark.
  • Storm from Survivor Dogs is a Fierce Dog who was taken in by the Wild Pack after her biological mother was murdered. She was raised by Gentle Giant Martha. Storm brings up the issue of Nature vs. Nurture. She still has Fierce Dog instincts, such as her love of fighting as a pup and the time she tore a dog's jaw off in a fight, but she's also on the "good guys" side and tries her best to fight her violent tendencies.
  • J. R. R. Tolkien himself pondered whether orcs were redeemable. His conclusion was that it wasn't very likely, as whatever Morgoth did to them had condemned the whole species to an existence of constant pain and fear, which even a "good" upbringing could not undo.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Star Trek:
    • Worf of Star Trek: The Next Generation is a Klingon (who were the villains in Star Trek: The Original Series and only slowly later became allies of the Federation) raised by humans.
    • They tried this with a Jem'Hadar baby in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but the Founders had genetically engineered them to hate all non-Founders, and the attempt to raise him like Worf failed.
    • Odo in Deep Space Nine is also an example, having been raised by Bajorans while being a Founder.
  • There's a Stargate Atlantis episode where a wraith girl was raised by humans. She genuinely tries, is distraught by her need to feed, and desperately injects the untried Wraith retrovirus that would theoretically make her human (she'd been feeding because her adopted father's serum didn't work). This, unfortunately, only magnifies the Iratus Bug aspects of the Wraith heritage, having exactly the opposite effect and turning her into a rampaging monster.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Forgotten Realms:
      • One elven mage managed to raise a good red dragon (using magic to suppress his genetic evil tendencies). Sadly, "a red dragon who never knew greed or malice" matched a Curse Escape Clause to a magic prison holding a trio of very powerful fiends.
      • Drizzt Do'Urden, a drow. Although technically an "adult" when he makes it to the surface, he is adopted by Bruenor Battlehammer, a dwarf, and taught to be a productive member of society.
    • In fifth edition's Volo's Guide to Monsters, players are given the option to select a monster race such as orcs, goblins, gnolls, etc. Being raised by elves (or another friendly race) is one of the exampled reasonings as to why one from a monster race would be helping a group that likely attacks their kind.
  • Red Dragon Inn: The 3rd set includes Serena the Pious, an Orc Paladin who was spared and raised by The Order who slayed her village because she was such a cute baby. Her righteous upbringing mostly holds her Orcish temper at bay, but carousing in a tavern isn't exacly condusive to that...and sometimes there arre benefits to being just a little bit mean. Where she stands on her Piety Meter strengthens or weakens several of her helpful and harmful abilities.

    Video Games 
  • Thrall the Orc from WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos was an orc raised by humans as a gladiator slave (hence the name), who ended up not only escaping his captor but leading the orcs to freedom.
  • Deadeye in Orcs Must Die Unchained is an orc/elf hybrid who was raised by elves as one of their own. She was unfortunately driven into exile when she was accused of the murder of her adoptive parent, becoming an outlaw.
  • Mass Effect: The fluff makes mention of some groups of vorcha who were raised by asari. The vorcha, while not Always Chaotic Evil, are looked down upon as violent, thuggish brutes by most of the galaxy and most of them don't do anything to help that perception. The diplomatic asari tried to prove that this wasn't inherent in the species by raising some newborn vorcha themselves. These vorcha did indeed turn out to be very stable and productive members of society, proving the asari's point... unfortunately, thanks to their twenty-year lifespans, their reproductive rate outstripped the rate at which their descendants could be educated and "civilized".
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    Web Original 
  • Sandwich Stoutaxe (yes, really), a drow baby who was found in a basket by a dwarf (who thought it contained sandwiches) and later became a paladin of the dwarf god Moradin. She avoids My Species Doth Protest Too Much because she considers herself a dwarf.

    Western Animation 
  • Lilo & Stitch: Experiment 626, a living creature who is capable of creating untold chaos, was exiled to an asteroid, but he managed to escape and crashed into Earth, on a Hawaiian island to be specific. Mistaken to be a dog and placed in an animal shelter, he is soon adopted by a young woman named Nani and her rambunctious younger sister, Lilo. Soon, Lilo named him "Stitch", and with time he formed emotional bonds with her to the point of protecting Lilo from other menaces, like the Mad Scientist who created him.
  • Spike the Dragon in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic was reared as a hatchling by ponies. As an adolescent, he sees the Great Dragon Migration and goes on a quest to learn more about his own kind, where he quickly finds that he prefers to live among ponies. Later episodes further emphasize his pony-like character compared to other dragons, but he forges ties with the Dragon Lord and eventually becomes Equestria's official Friendship Ambassador to the Dragon Lands. Then he goes through puberty.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012): Originally raised as a member of the Hamato Clan, Oroku Saki/Shredder turned on his adopted family as soon as he found out that he was actually the heir of their Evil Counterpart the Foot Clan, taking special care to target Hamato Yoshi/Splinter, the man he called his brother, for years over a girl they both liked.

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