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"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, Bleak Expectations

Everyone is familiar with the teenager "going through a phase" or being an out-and-out rebel. Little can equal the shame to a family with a legacy of heroism of a 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 Heel–Face Turn!

Much like a Phlebotinum Rebel, Defector from Decadence, and not-strictly-political Cultural Rebel, 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 feels bad that they don't. Alternatively, the "Sheep" is still fairly evil, but they rebel by acting like a normal person.

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

Contrast supertrope Black Sheep, for all other reasons a family member may be isolated from the family.

See also Anti Anti Christ, and Only Sane Man; depending on how idealistic the work is, a White Sheep can be the latter. Compare Evil Parents Want Good Kids and Rebellious Rebel. If the evil family show up after the White Sheep has built healthy relationships with good people, they're dealing with the fact that Friends Are Chosen, Family Aren't. If your rebellion is against your entire species, see My Species Doth Protest Too Much. For good-natured characters that are part of villainous groups in general, see Token Good Teammate.


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  • A parodic example. 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.
    SON: I really want to wear a suit, Dad!

    Anime & Manga 
  • Code Geass:
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Tengen Uzui's family background is explored further in the second Databook, the manga briefly touched upon the fact Tengen and his wives came from a hardcore cold blooded Shinobi group, where all of them valued their mission and creed above anything else, considering valuing life and feelings in general to be worthless, Tengen rose above that, wanting a better path for himself and his wives, where they could actually experience a loving life; the Databook stated after 3 of his siblings died in a mission, Tengen's father instigated his remaining 6 children to kill each other in a deadly selection in order to provide the clan with only the best shinobi; they were all masked, unknowingly set to kill each other, rather than unaffiliated shinobi, Tengen ended up killing two of his siblings before he realized what was truly going on, and a certain younger sibling who fully embraced the clan's coldness killed even more siblings; that was the final straw for Tengen, he left his uncaring family with his wives in tow. Ironicallly, the main Uzui family more or less died out while Tengen's descendant became an athletic star.
  • D.Gray-Man has an odd example with Nea. Though he rebelled against his family and is hated by number of them he shares their evilness and hatred for regular humans. Road once stated "he is different from us". So he is indeed an outcast in his evil family but he is still very much evil. Purple sheep maybe?
  • In The Executioner and Her Way of Life, Ashuna's parents are executed as criminals for performing an illegal summoning ritual, and Ashuna suspects her older sister was secretly involved as well. However, she herself has no involvement with her family's dark dealings, instead fighting for justice as a knight.
  • In Fate/Zero, 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 Fate/stay night knows how that must inevitably turn out.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
  • In Girls und Panzer, 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 Miho's older sister Maho is something of a gray sheep; living up to Shiho's expectations mainly so that Miho will not have to.
  • Killua from Hunter × Hunter 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.
  • Inuyasha has Tsukuyomaru. He is one of the bat youkai, and is the only one in his clan who is not evil. Although his half-human daughter Shiori later also qualifies for it.
    • The anime also shows Soten, a young youkai girl who is much less vicious than her two brothers Hiten and Manten.
  • Downplayed with Giorno Giovanna from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: He's the only known good guy among 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 Neighbourhood-Friendly Gangsters, Giorno escapes Abusive Parents, grows out of a hate cycle, and joins the mafia ironically to become an idealistic hero. Conversely, he's the Black Sheep of the Joestar family (which he's a part of thanks to DIO hijacking his adoptive brother's body), being much more ruthless than any of them.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War: With the exception of her unseen sister-in-law, Kaguya is the only member of the Shinomiya family who has demonstrated basic empathy. The number of good Shinomiyas used to be a lot higher, but they were all exiled several decades back and went on to form the Shijo family.
  • 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 may have something to do with it. Her relationships with her family get better when it is revealed 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. It's also revealed that they do care about her, so much so that they erase her memories of them so they can Give Her a Normal Life.
  • Dio from Last Exile is well on his way to being this when his sister catches up to him.
  • Naruto:
    • Itachi Uchiha is the White Sheep of the Uchiha Clan. At first he was the Black Sheep until it turned out that the Uchiha Clan was harboring generations of hate — a phenomenon later coined as their "Curse of Hatred".
    • It turns out he wasn't the only one. 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 White Sheep 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. He had a lot of missteps as a teenager after learning the truth, but after getting some sense knocked back into him, embodies this as an adult. His daughter Sarada is also poised to follow in his footsteps — her dream is to become Hokage.
    • Shisui's White Sheep 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.
    • Obito Uchiha, who would one day become the Big Bad Tobi, was this growing up. While he seemingly succumbed to the Uchiha Clan's Curse of Hatred for most of his adult life, by the end of his life he made a Heel–Face Turn and died believing in the Will of Fire.
  • In Nura: Rise of the Yokai Clan, 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 White Sheep. 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.
  • One Piece:
    • 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. Which is why it's downright incomprehensible that they were the ones who spawned Donquixote 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 It shows how influentially toxic Marejois is to most of the populace that live there.
    • Sabo comes from a family of the ruling class who look down on anyone lower on the social ladder than they are. Frustrated at his family's condescending attitude, he goes to live in the forest and learn to fight alongside Luffy and Ace. Sabo then joins the Revolutionary Army and rises to its second-in-command, making him a direct moral opposite to his brother Stelly, who's become a king allied with the World Government.
    • Sanji comes from a family of assassins who have gained such clout that their organization is given the status of its own country. Sanji considers his family's practices absolutely abhorrent and ran away from home. On top of that, his siblings and father dismissed his love of cooking. He would eventually become a sous chef at an acclaimed restaurant, then join the Straw Hat Pirates in protecting the innocent.
    • "Marriage Proposal" Lola is considered the Black Sheep by her family a.k.a Big Mom and most of her (Lola's) siblings. However, from the audience's perspective, Lola is the White Sheep.
    • Saint Mjosgard, Donquixote Homing's distant cousin, used to be a typical World Noble. But after his experiences on Fish-Man Island (having his life saved by the kindly Queen Otohime), he freed all of his slaves and recognized that World Nobles are no better than everyone else. But since he never renounced his status like Homing, Mjosgard exploits the fact that he's still considered above the law to beat the shit out of other World Nobles when they're trying to do particularly vile things. The rest of the World Nobles consider Mjosgard a freak for rejecting their bigotry and arrogance.
    • Tama is secretly a member of Wano Country's Kurozumi Clan. Secretly as in "even she is not aware of her lineage". Having grown free of the prejudices faced by the rest of her family, Tama never developed a thirst for revenge as her peers Orochi and Kanjuro did, and ultimately proved crucial in liberating Wano from Orochi's regime after she joined the Ninja-Pirate-Mink-Samurai Alliance during the Onigashima War.
  • In Seraph of the End you can see Shinoa Hiragi. She belongs to the influential and respected Hiragi family. In contrast to the others, she is not greedy, arrogant, and evil. However, she tends to be a bit cheeky and provocative at times.
  • Kahaku in To Your Eternity ends up being this to the Guardians. Throughout the story, Fushi has unbridled animosity towards the Guardians as their founder Hayase was not only responsible for the deaths of several of his earliest friends, but also attempted to violate him a few times. Even after her death, her descendants continued to attempt to succeed where she failed in trying to conceive children with him, a prospect of which disgusts him. As for Kahaku, he is the sixth generation descendant of Hayase and as the only male descendant is not looked upon favorably by tradition as Hayase's successors have been all female. However Fushi reluctantly puts aside his animosity towards him and the Guardians as by the time Fushi meets him he faces a new enemy in the form of the Church of Bennett on top of the existing threat of the Nokkers. In the end, Kahaku parts ways with Fushi without much bloodshed, and later ends up pulling a Heroic Sacrifice to take out the Church of Bennett with him.
  • Moriarty the Patriot: Albert James Moriarty is this to both his own family and the aristocracy as a whole: every other noble in the series runs the spectrum from selfish Jerkass to outright evil serial killer, and none view the lower classes as anything more than slaves they can treat however they want. Albert is so disgusted by this, he adopts the openly-homicidal orphan William as his foster-brother to support said orphan's revolutionary goals... by helping him murder every aristocrat possible. Starting with Alberts's parents and actual brother. Albert is undoubtedly a very kind, compassionate, and moral person, he just violently hates anyone who treats their fellow humans like garbage.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman: In a strange way Dick and Tim are this for Bat-Family (specifically the men) as they both very much lack the brutality, ruthless, paranoia, arrogance, anger and self-destructive qualities that Bruce, Jason and Damian possess full force. Dick, although butting heads with his mentor (especially when he first got out of Batman’s shadow) is still largely cheerful and nice being full of levity, something which Tim echoed in his tenure as Robin. Granted Tim does start getting written to be more of a Sociopathic Hero in later Darker and Edgier continuities but it never really lasts (especially since two of his brothers already fulfil that requirement).
  • Chick Tracts: "Four Angels?" focuses on four brothers who accept Jesus into their lives, each of whom is accompanied by a guardian angel. Three of them fall from grace, resulting in their angels abandoning them- Charles becomes a popular evangelist who refuses to preach against sin and secretly indulges his vices, Bobby gives up his religion because his boss insists, and Frank turns his back on Christianity the day after converting. Henry, however, becomes a preacher in the inner city, preaching Chick's brand of Christianity to criminals, homeless people and prostitutes. Henry loathes Charles for his sinful and hypocritical ways, but the other two brothers take Charles' side. This being a Chick tract, Henry goes to Heaven and the others go to Hell.
  • The Beagle Boys of the Disney Ducks Comic Universe are such Card Carrying Villains 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.
    • There are other one-shot Beagles peppered throughout the comics who also either turned their back on crime or never became criminals. Such as two brothers who worked as detectives or a trio who chose a career in music instead.
    • The Italian author Sergio Badino created a niece of the Beagle Boys named Penny he used in three stories who is a cute little girl with no understanding for the criminal path of her uncles. She even befriends Huey, Dewey and Louie and helps Scrooge in defeating her own uncles.
  • The premise of the short-lived kid's comic The Cow Boy had the eponymous Kid Hero as the only good guy born to a family of criminals, and his mission to bring them all to justice.
  • The Flash 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.
  • Lucky Luke: Marcel Dalton is a(n honest) banker in Switzerland. The Daltons never really mention him. This may be a Shout-Out to the Real Life Frank Dalton, who, unlike his bank-robbing brothers, was a Deputy Marshal for most of his life, and by all accounts conscientious and well-liked.
  • In the MAD parody of The Godfather, 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".
  • The Runaways are a team of teen superheroes atoning for the crimes of their parents, who were all criminals and supervillains. Minus Alex, of course. This becomes somewhat murkier in their later adventures, as Nico develops something of a ruthless streak and the issues Chase's upbringing gave him become more apparent.
  • Raven Princess Ashleigh in Scion rebels against her rather evil family by joining an underground movement devoted to freeing the kingdom's genetically-engineered slaves.
  • Toxin from Marvel Comics (particularly Spider-Man). He has the same violent tendencies as his parent Carnage and grandparent Venom, but his host was actually sane and law-abiding and was thus forced into playing Adult With The Leash. Toxin is also a bit more childlike than the other symbiotes.
  • In his time as host of the Venom symbiote, Flash Thompson tries to be better than the other hosts, and is part of the Secret Avengers, the Thunderbolts, and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
  • X-Men:

    Fan Works 
  • Abraxas (Hrodvitnon): San is originally one of the three heads of King Ghidorah, specifically the least malicious, least omnicidal and most inquisitive of the trio. After being cut off from Ghidorah and merging with Vivienne Graham, he eventually aligns himself with Godzilla and humanity against his former brothers and against the horde of "children" they've made, in defence of his new sister.
  • Code Geass: Paladins of Voltron: In three different ways! Despite his upbringing, Lelouch only inherited the absolute best traits of his family - his father’s strategic skill, his mother’s piloting and acting skills, and the Galra belief in only killing if you are willing to put your life on the line.
  • Fall Into the River'': Most of the Silvertree family are immensely loyalist to an evil regime, but Adonis works hard to overthrow the Capitol's tyranny and it's implied his child or children do as well.
  • In the Darkwing Duck fanfiction series, Negaverse Chronicles, 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.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines has a group known as "the Seven Brothers of Orre", whose initials go from A to G from the oldest to the youngest, and are notorious criminals, except for the one whose initial is "E". A later chapter strongly hints this is because he was the only one who managed to escape their abusive mother, who by all accounts was even worse than all of them combined.
  • While she does not properly embody this trope, it is dropped by name in Batman: Grudge Match by the leader of Red Claw.
    Nyssa al-Ghul: Cast out, I was, and for what? Because the piece of shit who should have been my father decided I wasn't worth his time. The forsaken child, the undesirable, the leper. But in a flock black as ours, does that make me a lone white sheep?
  • White Sheep (RWBY): The fic is naturally about this. Jaune's mother is Salem and he wants to be a Huntsman, leading to him running away to Beacon. However the plot has him turning to embrace the "darker" side of his family to save his friends. He also refuses to be his family's enemy and works to bring peace between the people of Remnant despite how much of an Impossible Task that is. Against all odds, he succeeds in the end.
  • In Reverse RWBY, Whitley is the last remaining "good Schnee". He tries to follow in his grandfather's footsteps.
  • In The Bridge, the current Godzilla is revealed to be "Junior" from the Heisei era all grown up. The 1954 Godzilla? Turned Tokyo into a fireball and killed thousands in his rampage. The second Godzilla plagued Japan from 1984 to 1995 even if he was the lesser of two evils at times, still racking up a death count in the tens of thousands. Junior meanwhile goes out of his way to avoid harming humans and directly came to their defense dozens of time. Others comment that it's the result of how humanity treated them. The first two Godzillas were scarred by nuclear weapons and attacked, lashing out in revenge. Junior meanwhile was raised and cared for by a kindly biologist he saw as his mother.
  • Here There Be Monsters: Shazam!'s nemesis Doctor Sivana is a power-hungry mad scientist, his little children Georgia and Thaddeus are two psychotic murderers, and his older children Magnificus and Beautia are good, honest, decent persons.
  • Underfell, being a Mirror Universe, has two potential examples:
    • Chara is usually portrayed as sweet, gentle and overall heroic. Which contrasts with their evil adoptive family; Asgore, Toriel and Asriel Dreemurr. This is an interesting example in itself since the canon Chara's personality is highly open to interpretation. The fanbase tends to lean towards Chara being evil though, so their opposite self becomes good here.
    • If Chara is evil, Asriel/Flowey will usually fill the role instead after he meets Frisk and goes through Character Development. Also Asriel is rarely as bad as his parents even pre-development too, making him a sort of Gray Sheep (Goat?) who eventually turns White.

    Films — Animated 
  • Coco: Miguel is the first in his family in five generations to share Héctor's instinctive passion for music, rejecting his family's attempts to stifle it. This drives a wedge between him and them, since they can't accept him for who he is despite loving him dearly.
  • In Mad Monster Party?, Dr. Frankenstein intends to name his nephew, 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. (Though note that this whole backstory is hard to connect with the ending, which implies that Felix is actually a robot.)

    Films — Live-Action 
  • While details aren't given about their parents, the White Queen in Alice in Wonderland (2010) closely fits this idea. She knows she has crazy running through her genes, and her sister the Red Queen shows how she could act. Thus, she pretends to be Incorruptible Pure Pureness, but you can see her true nature in the loopy Perky Goth that shines through.
    • However, the sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, somewhat turns this on its head. It's eventually revealed that it was the White Queen's lie in childhood which caused the Red Queen's Start of Darkness, and that is the real reason for her over-the-top goodness.
  • Austin Powers's Scott Evil subverts this. 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?"
  • Both of Cyril Carter's parents in Carry On Matron are career criminals, and he promised his mother, Gertie, 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 persuade him to do One Last Job, the contraceptive pill theft at Finisham Maternity Hospital.
  • In Corky Romano, the title character comes from a family of The Mafia. 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 (one is in the closet and the other is illiterate).
  • Svetlana Stalina in The Death of Stalin. Her brother Vasily is a drunken screw-up, and her father is Joseph Stalin. Somehow, despite being the daughter of the Soviet Union's feared dictator Svetlana manages to be well-adjusted, even kind, which has made her immensely popular with the common people. Shame she's also a Horrible Judge of Character surrounded by her father's Decadent Court, all of whom are trying to schmooze her into currying her blessing to be successor to Stalin.
  • Billy Costigan in The Departed 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 Mole.
  • Doomsday: Cally's father and brother are both brutal Wasteland Warlords, but she's a Nice Girl who wants the best for the people trapped behind the wall.
  • Michael Corleone of The Godfather 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 "we'll get there."
    "That's my family, Kay. It's not me."
  • Sloth in The Goonies. He's mentally disabled and physically deformed, kept chained in the basement, and not even a candidate to be his mama's Unfavorite. But more importantly, unlike the rest of his family, he's a good guy at heart, opposing them when given the chance.
  • 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, shamelessly doing a dance he did as a child, 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.
  • The Heat plays with this. For some of her tendencies, she'd be the Black Sheep otherwise but Mullins is this to her family (besides her dad and brother, whom she arrested), as she's the only one who cares about upholding the law, on top of being slightly less of an asshole than they (besides the dad and brother) are, while the rest of the family might be why her brother is a criminal in the first place. From what's implied, they also weren't happy with her profession to be a police officer to start with.
  • In My Country: Anna tries to be one. She's an Afrikaner who opposed Apartheid and still does vocally when the rest had either supported it or were largely apathetic (including her family). Anna covers the hearing exposing the atrocities which were committed in the name of Apartheid to show herself as different in part due to her guilt over not doing more, but grows increasingly horrified by what she finds. In particular, her own brother had participated with the torture and murders the state police committed.
  • Little Nicky: The whole joke with Nicky's character is that he's laughably incompetent at being evil despite being raised as part of a family of demons. It's because his mom is a literal angel.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe, really loves this trope, as they do it three times.
    • The first is Gamora. She's this for her adoptive family, The Black Order, as seen in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and Avengers: Infinity War; she was the only the truly compassionate child of Thanos (before Nebula Took a Level in Kindness) and was the first to defect from him. Ironically, Gamora is still Thanos's favorite daughter despite betraying him outright.
    • The second is Thor. Thor: Ragnarok reveals that oldest son Thor is actually the middle child; compared to Hela and Loki, he's the most heroic and benevolent child of Odin and Frigga despite his arrogance in his first movie. Thor is also the only Asgardian ruler who didn't gain his throne through violence, only becoming king when his people needed him; contrast this with his father Odin, who conquered the Nine Realms through bloodshed.
    • The third is T'Challa, the Black Panther, who — much like Thor — discovers that his father and ancestors aren't as good as he initially believed. T'Challa is disgusted upon learning his father killed his own brother and abandoned his young nephew, all to protect the isolationism of Wakanda; while chewing his father and successors all out, T'Challa states he will be a better king for the betterment of his country. Black Panther makes good on his word and opens Wakandan outreach centers in America, making him the first king to be truly international.
  • Matilda is about the eponymous girl trying to overcome her family's values. They are rude and dishonest jerks (on top of being morons), while she just wants to be allowed to read and learn and go to school and not be forced to watch television.note 
  • The Night of the Grizzly: Tad Curry's Cattle Baron father and brother aren't evil, but he comes across as noticeably kinder than they are and is more likely to be apologetic about his Jerkass moments. His Ship Tease with Cole's niece Meg may be part of this.

  • Agent Pendergast seems to be the only member of his entire family for generations back who didn't turn out criminally insane.
  • The Beginning After the End:
    • Jasmine Flamesworth is revealed to be the only decent member of House Flamesworth. She was sent away by her father Trodius for only being able to control wind magic and not fire magic, for as their name indicates the Flamesworths have a reputation for producing some of the finest fire mages in Sapin. Later on during the war, the more corrupt side of her family is exposed as Trodius not only planned to sequester his house and their closest associates in the Wall to avoid the war, but is also shown to be an irresponsible military leader who sends the troops under his command to their deaths. After the Alacryans conquer Dicathen, the Flamesworths quickly become Les Collaborateurs to their new overlords, as Arthur and Jasmine find out during the retaking of Xyrus.
    • Bairon Wykes ends up becoming this to House Wykes. Throughout the story, the Wykes are established to be a power-hungry and opportunistic house notorious their Super Breeding Program to create superior mages as well as abusing their power and influence to cover up their actions. As for Bairon, while he is initially introduced as an antagonistic force to Arthur due to being the older brother of Arthur's boyhood nemesis Lucas Wykes and whose Big Brother Instinct causes him and Arthur to be at odds (especially after Arthur kills Lucas for his role in the attack on Xyrus Academy), he is shown to have some genuinely sympathetic traits, such as wanting Lucas to stop hiding behind their family's influence and to become a better person on his own. However, it is during the war that he truly starts to become a better person than the rest of his family, in particular due to the Trauma Conga Line he suffers (in particular, his near-death fighting one of the Alacryan Scythes and finding out that his family became Les Collaborateurs to the Alacryans when he came to rescue them after the war ended serving to give him a nasty case of Break the Haughty). Afterwards, he ends up making amends with Arthur after the latter returns from Alacrya to lead the Dicathian resistance back from the brink.
    • Sylvie of all characters turns out to be one of these, on top of also being a Token Heroic Orc. It is revealed that she is the hybrid offspring of both the Indrath and Vritra Clans, neither of whom are better than the other when it comes to their treatment of lessers. For starters, her father is Agrona, the lord of the Vritra Clan. He and his clan are directly responsible for instigating the Divine Conflict that has laid waste to Arthur's homeland of Dicathen and caused the deaths of many of Arthur's friends and loved ones. On top of that, it is also revealed that he conducted experiments on Sylvie before she was born. As for her mother's side of the family, while her mother Sylvia is another example of this trope (given how she not only cared for Arthur when he was young but also posthumously informed him of her family's crimes to begin with), her grandfather Kezess, the lord of the Indrath Clan and the ruler of the Asuras, is revealed to be a Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist with a penchant for killing off anyone for the sake of what he perceives as "the greater good". In the distant past, the Indrath orchestrated the genocide of the Djinn, an atrocity that led to Agrona and the Vritra's Start of Darkness as their fascination with the ruins the Djinn left behind led to them uncovering the truth and being exiled for it. In the present, Kezess and the Indrath are still willing to exterminate any and all who stand in the way of their goals or have outlived their usefulness to them, even the lessers they claim to protect. The only reason Sylvie does not turn out like either side of her family is because she has been raised by Arthur her whole life and thus resonates more with him over her blood.
  • In "Betvingade" by Simona Ahrnstedt, Illiana Henriksdotter seems to be the only nice person in her Big, Screwed-Up Family.
  • Deah Draconi of the Black Blade series takes after her mother, which makes her the only person who is a Draconi by blood who isn't evil.
  • The Body : 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.
  • The younger Magpyres of Carpe Jugulum 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.
  • In Dune, House Harkonnen are known for their 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 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 millennia-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, earning himself the nickname "The Beast".
  • Elric of Melnibone is the first of both his family and his civilisation to start wondering about things like morality, which is what leads him to give up his place as Emperor and start Walking the Earth.
  • In George McDonald Fraser's 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".
  • In The Girl Who Drank the Moon Antain is born into one of the Council families that rule the Protectorate. On seeing the horror that the Day of Sacrifice inflicts on parents separated from their children, he rejects their paternalism and goes into business for himself.
  • In William Faulkner's The Hamlet, Eckrum Snopes is the only relatively honest, hard-working, and decent member of an otherwise depraved family of con-men, thieves, vandals, murderers, and perverts. Unfortunately, this doesn't stop his unscrupulous brothers Flem and I.O. from using Eck as an unwitting front in their cons.
  • Harry Potter:
    • The Black family are almost exclusively dark wizards, who are so racist against Muggleborns that they make the Malfoys look tame, but they still have members who prove that what you are doesn't define what you can be:
      • Sirius acts like your typical "bad boy rebel", but he explicitly disowns his family's supremacist attitude, resulting in them disowning him in turn (i.e. his own mother burned his name off of the family tapestry). His status as a White Sheep is further reinforced when it is revealed that he was sorted to Gryffindor, the only Black in history (everyone else went to Slytherin)
      • Ditto his favorite cousin, Andromeda Tonks (née Black). She was sorted to Slytherin, but she expressed none of her family's views as shown when she married the Muggle-born Ted Tonks and gave birth to Nymphadora, who marries a werewolf in turn. Her name got burned from the tapestry, too.
      • Most of the Blacks who had their names burned off of the tapestry can similarly be assumed to be White Sheep as well, and since there is at least one per generation, it shows that the family isn't rotten to the core. Iola was disowned because she married a Muggle, Cedrella was disowned because she married blood traitor Septimus Weasley (Arthur's father), and Phineas was disowned because he supported Muggle rights. Sirius' uncle Alphard is implied to have been one too, as he left his gold to Sirius when he died.
      • Deathly Hallows reveals that Sirius' brother, Regulus, despite being his parents' "perfect son", eventually became this. He did espouse supremacist beliefs early on and went to join the Death Eaters, but somewhere down the line, he decided to destroy one of Voldemort's horcruxes. That failed and he died, but at least he died a hero. Too bad Sirius never knows this, though.
    • The Cursed Child reveals that Scorpius is this among the Malfoys. While his father Draco has been disavowing wizard supremacist belief for quite a while, Scorpius was raised completely free from that view (it's stated that Draco and Astoria deliberately made him stay as far away as possible from Lucius, who is racist well into old age). He also notably lacks many of the repulsive traits that mark an average Slytherin, which is a plus.
    • Among the House of Gaunt, Merope and Rionach seem to be the only ones who were not dark wizards or blood supremacists. While Merope's later acts are deplorable, she was a woman who craved love, and the fact that her target of affection was a Muggle did not discourage her. Meanwhile, Rionach was a good witch who loved to help her Muggle neighbours. Her daughter, Isolt Sayre, established the Ilvermorny School with her No-Maj husband.
  • The Heroes of Olympus:
    • Frank Zhang. He is a son of Mars, but he is far nicer and more peaceful than the other children of Mars/Ares. His half-siblings are actually not really evil, but rather just aggressive and battling, and he is an exception among them.
    • Damasen is a Giant created to be the opposite of Ares, the god of war. As a result, he is peace-loving, and resents his siblings' penchant for violence. His mother, Gaea, banished him to Tartarus, where he is forced to hunt a drakon over and over until he meets and becomes Percy Jackson's ally. This makes him the only Giant to side with the Olympians.
  • Michael Oversteegen of the Honor Harrington 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.
  • Many people in Horus Heresy, 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.
  • Into the Heartless Wood: Seren, one of the Gwydden's daughters, strives to be more than the monster her mother created her to be and rejects her mother and sisters' efforts to turn her back to their way.
  • The western novels of William Johnstone and his niece J.A. Johnstone often (but not always) do this with villainous families, particularly with female members.
    • In Blood Bond: Gunsmoke and Gold, one of the local ranchers oppressing the territory has three sons: a Serial Killer, a greedy idiot scheming to commit an Inheritance Murder, and a Nice Guy who is disowned for courting a Farmer's Daughter.
    • In Blood Bond: Gunsight Crossing, feuding ranchers John Carlin and Bull Stratton have about ten kids between them. Two of those kids are Star-Crossed Lovers, while the others are all in bed with the local outlaws and plotting to kill their parents.
    • In "Journey of the Mountain Man," Fae Hanks is a Nice Girl who's maintained a longtime friendship with the daughter of her Drunk with Power father's rival. Her three brothers are spoiled, Trigger-Happy, and set up Fae to be raped to provoke their father into starting a bloody range war (not that he needs much of an excuse) before trying to kill him for his money (leading to a Mutual Kill between the four Hanks' men).
    • In The Last Gunfighter: Manhunt, three of the four sons of Silas Crowder are dumb, lazy, mean-spirited thugs who enjoy rape and assault. The fourth, Tom, is a soft-spoken young man who takes care of his sick mother, does manual labor at the ranch, and avoids getting involved in criminal activity.
    • In Thunder of Eagles, Ike Clinton is a greedy, murderous land-grabber, and his older sons Ray and Cletus are drunken, lecherous, bullies who eventually sink to murder. Ike's youngest son Billy is a kind, honest man (something credited to his late mother) who becomes Star-Crossed Lovers with the daughter of the Big Good. Billy sometimes warns the heroes about his family's plans even while reluctantly assisting with them out of familial loyalty. During the final battle, Billy accidentally shoots his girlfriend and then commits Suicide by Cop.
    • Frank Childers in Destiny of Eagles is an outlaw, but he doesn't hurt anyone (at least onscreen) and risks his life trying to help two wounded relatives. Frank's two brothers and two cousins are Trigger-Happy rapists who ultimately don't care that much about each other.
    • Kathleen in Pride of Eagles is acting as The Mole for her two half-brothers (who Would Hurt a Child) but is pretty unhappy about it and would rather be an honest singer.
    • In Sidewinders: Bleeding Texas, Ned Fontaine is a ruthless, temperamental, and ambitious (albeit honest) rancher. His sons are a Hot-Blooded wastrel and a murderous schemer out to destroy their neighbors, while his daughter is a level-headed Nice Girl.
    • In Savage Texas: A Good Day to Die, Vince Stafford and two of his three sons (Quent and Bliss) are entitled, Ax-Crazy Stupid Evil jerkasses. The middle son, Clay, while conniving and ruthless at times, constantly tries to play the peacemaker and head off a bloody vendetta after Bliss gets himself killed (although this is partially because Clay is secretly in love with the woman Vince blames for Bliss's death).
  • Drizzt Do'Urden, everybody's favorite Dual Wielding Chaotic Good drow Defector from Decadence from R.A. Salvatore's The Legend of Drizzt and the Forgotten Realms.
  • Gabriel Syme in G. K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday 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.
  • Murder in Coweta County: Most of John Wallace's maternal relatives who appear in the story are members of his criminal empire, except one, who Wallace asks to visit while being driven to the state prison. The man is an honest farmer who views Wallace's actions as shameful, to Wallace's indignation.
  • Played for Laughs 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 into the family by his parents, now very proud to have a son who is a white-collar criminal instead of a petty thief!
  • In Pride and Prejudice, 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 Persuasion is the only level-headed person in a family full of fools.
    • Edward Ferrars in Sense and Sensibility is the only nice person in a family full of Jerk Asses. (Possibly he takes after his father, who has been dead for some time when the novel begins.)
  • Rumpole of the Bailey: 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... 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.
  • In Run, Bo and Dickinson seem to be the only good people in the Dickinson family. Everyone else we see is either deadbeat, white trash, or involved with drugs.
  • The Sesame Street book "How to Be a Grouch" has a page with Oscar the Grouch's grouchy family including the cheerful cousin Smiling George.
  • The Shadowhunter Chronicles:
    • Clary Fray from The Mortal Instruments. Her father was a fanatical demon hunter, and the Big Bad of the first trilogy. He was also the founder of a whole group of fanatical demon hunters, including Clary's mother (although she later joined the heroes). And her brother is partly a demon through various experiments, and therefore particularly malignant.
    • Cameron Ashdown from The Dark Artifices is the only Ashdown who is not a member of the racist, Downworlder-hating Cohort. In the Thule universe, he is also the only Ashdown who is a member of the Bradbury Resistance, using his familial connections to become a double agent.
  • A Song of Ice and Fire:
    • Sandor Clegane, compared to his brother Gregor who is known as an unrepentant killing machine, while Sandor is also Blood Knight he has 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 the Red Wedding. They are a Big, Screwed-Up Family, with Lord Walder Frey having over a hundred descendants. However, Perwyn, Olyvar, and Alesander Frey are described as quite decent, 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 genuinely love each other, even though at Edmure's wedding his sister Catelyn, much of their army, and Catelyn's son Robb was killed.
    • As with the Cleganes, it's not really a pure example since we don't know any other members of this family, but the first Payne we meet is Ser Ilyn Payne, and with a family name like that it's easy to assume that the grim and remorseless Ser Ilyn is a good representation of his House. It's pretty shocking to later find out that the kind, happy and naive Pod belongs to that same family.
    • Tyrion is this at first, being the only Lannister who is not a huge jackass or irredeemably evil. He is also the only Lannister POV in the first two books, so it's easy to sympathize with him. However, Jaime's tribulations eventually cause him to become a much kinder person, Joffrey's younger siblings are rather sweet children, and we are later introduced to extended family members like Kevan and Genna, both of whom are pretty amiable people.
  • The Suicide Shop is about a Cheerful Child 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.
  • Similar to the Godfather example above, Richie Burke of the Sunny Randall series was deliberately kept away from the less legal parts of his family business, which contains several high ranking members of The Irish Mob.
  • In Jasper Fforde's Thursday Next books, Lethe Hades, or so we are told, since he hasn't made an appearance. Uses the exact phrase, too.
  • The Arcadia family in Undefeated Bahamut Chronicle used to be the tyrannical ruling family of the Old Arcadia Empire. Of the named members, only Lux (the main character) and his younger sister Airi are exceptions, with the former playing a key role in the downfall of the empire. It turns out that the family is a branch of the ruling family of an even older civilisation, the Holy Arcadia Empire, which was even worse, literally slaughtering its citizens to use their lives in an attempt to become immortal. This also had its own White Sheep, the second princess Aeril, who eventually defects and joins the side of the heroes.
  • In Worm, Theo Anders is the son of white supremacist supervillains, but he does not share their views and wants to become a hero, which he eventually does.

    Live-Action TV 
  • An episode of The Addams Family deals with Pugsley's interest in things like puppies, normal sports, and the Boy Scouts (things that any normal kid would like, at least for The '60s mentality) much to his family's outrage as for them — a Creepy Family that likes everything dark and horrible — this is extremely bizarre behavior.
  • On 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. 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.
  • Michael and his son George Michael are the sanest, nicest, and most ethical members of the Bluth family on Arrested Development though this being the Bluths, being those things is relative. The show kind of plays with this idea as the family itself considers him a White Sheep (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 White Sheep. Both families have a lecherous and impulsive brother (Sonny/GOB) and one who is nice but dim (Fredo/Buster).
    • Buster fits into the overall zaniness of the family better than Michael or George Michael but is overall a much nicer person than GOB, Lindsay, or his parents. Tobias too.
    • Maeby is probably not as much as a white sheep as her cousin George Michael, but compared to the adult Bluths on the show she’s usually one of the only voices of reason, and much of her main shtick is rebelling against her elders.
  • Ebeneezer Blackadder from the Blackadder's Christmas Carol. At the beginning, anyway.
    • Captain Blackadder from the fourth series is far more benevolent than any of his ancestors save the aforementioned Ebeneezer. While his ancestors were driven by a desire for money, power, and status, Captain Blackadder's schemes are motivated by a desire to avoid a senseless death in No-Man's Land.
  • 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 chipped and 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 soul for a chance at redemption (or just a chance at a relationship with her after his Attempted Rape failed to persuade her). Despite the nature of vampires being Always Chaotic Evil, Spike chooses to fight for good, act heroically, recover his soul, and attempt to sacrifice himself on two occasions (he only dies once, and he 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 Doctor Who. 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 Chameleon Circuit song; "I was a teenage rebel, and that stayed the same!"
  • The Dukes of Hazzard has Boss Hogg's good twin brother 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).
  • Game of Thrones:
    • All in all, being only a Bolton by marriage, Fat Walda is the most, if not the only, decent person carrying that name in the series so far. That said, she was also presumably one of the few decent Freys before marrying Roose.
    • Tyrion Lannister to the Lannister family. For his flaws, he is a decent man, and one of the terribly few adult Lannisters who is neither evil nor a moron. He's the only one non-Lannisters actually come to like on a personal level.
      Peter Dinklage: The "Good Bad Guy" or the "Bad Good Guy."
  • An episode of Grey's Anatomy depicted a couple of 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, and Orthodox Jewish law prohibits refusing a life-saving surgery). While there was an alternative (a bovine valve), the surgeon didn't have any experience transplanting one.
  • Heroes: Peter Petrelli. The Petrelli family are ruthlessly corrupt and ambitious with grand schemes. Peter is the sweet Genre Blind nurse who would rather help people out instead. He's also the family Black Sheep for the exact reason when the Petrelli family's plans are for good as Peter's Genre Blindness will eventually bungle things up.
  • Detective Sgt. Rick Hunter in Hunter comes from a mob family. His family tends to be an embarrassment to him — as is he to them.
  • Mary Shannon on In Plain Sight is a U.S. Marshal despite having a bigamist father with a serious gambling problem who has been a fugitive for decades, a lifelong alcoholic mother (now recovering) and a sister who trafficked drugs for her boyfriend, in Mary's house. Slightly subverted in that Mary is hardly a saint herself.
  • The black sheep/white sheep trope alternates generations in the Givens family on "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.
  • Lost Love in Times: Yuan Ling, Yuan Hao, and Yuan Che are among the very few good people in the royal family. Their father and brothers are either usurpers, schemers, Royal Brats, or all of the above.
  • Malcolm in the Middle: Malcolm, and to a lesser extent, Francis. Malcolm’s family routinely refers to him as "the good one," in contrast to his brothers. According to Hal, Malcolm's destructive streak is the only thing that keeps him from suspecting that he was switched at birth. As for Francis, he was originally a delinquent, but after being sent into military school, he matures into a rational person just like Malcolm himself.
  • Although her family are Friendly Neighborhood Monsters, Marilyn on The Munsters 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.
  • 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.
  • Rumpole of the Bailey: The episode "Rumpole and the Barrow Boy" deals with a young man who, despite being a member of the Timson clan of South London petty criminals (or, as Rumpole, who handles nearly all their cases, affectionately puts it, "minor villains"), studies, gets into university, graduates, and gets a high-paying finance job in the City, complete with a banker's daughter for a girlfriend and an apartment on the newly-renewed Isle of Dogs. When there are financial irregularities at the firm, it is the young Timson who is accused. Falsely — turns out, it was his girlfriend's father, who framed him after having met the rest of the Timsons and deciding didn't care to have them for in-laws.
  • Scoundrels (2010): Cheryl's desire to reform her family is inspired by her son Logan, who has distanced himself from the family business of petty crimes and has recently become a lawyer. His father Wolf on the other hand, who believes that crime is In the Blood for the Wests, views Logan as a Black Sheep and The Unfavorite for not only spurning the family business but for becoming a "do-gooder" lawyer of all things.
  • This is the premise of the 70's Sid And Marty Krofft Productions show Sigmund and the Sea Monsters. The titular Sigmund was kicked out by his family for not wanting to scare people. He's taken in by two human boys and lives in their garage.
  • The Sopranos: Tony Soprano's younger sister, Barbara (Soprano) Giglione. Her husband, Tom Giglione, is a civilian who seems to work in show business; they live in Putnam County, New York, and only visit the Jersey family occasionally. She is the only member of the Soprano family whose life is largely untouched by the mob, and she also seems to be the most well-adjusted of the three (with Tony having a litany of Mommy Issues and Janice being an ex-hippie-turned-manipulative-mob-Evil Matriarch).
  • Worf from Star Trek:TNG/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 Odo, who turns against his own people to help their enemies, the Federation.
    • Token Evil Teammate 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.
    • Data, of the Soong family. As of Enterprise, it's clear that even generations back, its members were already extremely shady mad scientists. Yes, Data isn't biologically related to them, being an artifically constructed android, but he's nevertheless considered a son by his creator, Noonien Soong. Incidentally, his twin 'brother', the android Lore, has the dubious distinction of possibly being the most malicious one in the family.
  • Lena Luthor on Supergirl (2015). Of all the families to be adopted into, she got stuck with Lex Luthor for a sibling and the head of an anti-alien terrorist group for a mother. Her mother later admits that Lena actually is a Luthor by blood, being a product of Lionel Luthor's infidelity.
  • Supernatural
    • Sam Winchester grew up in a family of con artists and violent 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 were actually evil or even dangerous), he rebelled to go to school so he could become a lawyer, and his entire life has involved demonic influence; unsurprisingly, he's the Black Sheep 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 selfish, petty, manipulative jerks who actively decide to bring on the Apocalypse, whereas Castiel's rebellion is in order to stop the Apocalypse 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 White Sheep, and from an angelic perspective, he's a Black Sheep.
    • Zigzagged by Anna Milton, an initially benevolent Fallen Angel who also wants to avoid the Apocalypse, but decides that wiping out the Winchester family line is the best way to do it, thus putting her at odds with Team Free Will.
    • Gabriel is the only one of the four Archangels who undergoes a Heel–Face Turn. His big brothers? Lucifer is... well, Lucifer, while Michael and Raphael are both Knight Templars. However, Gabriel ultimately becomes humanity's champion.
    • The Frankenstein/Styne family is a family of vicious wizards. However, Cyrus Styne is much less vicious than the rest of his family, making him a good guy.
  • Taken: Sam Crawford is the only member of his family that isn't a ruthless murderer. He wants to reveal the alien cover-up and risks his own life to defend Lester, a deformed and harmless Half-Human Hybrid. Whereas his brother Eric and especially his niece Mary take after his father Owen, Sam takes after his mother Anne, a kind, gentle woman whose life was gradually destroyed by Owen's bullying and neglect.
  • Without a Trace's Agent Danny Taylor, whose parents were abusive addicts and whose brother is also an addict as well as a criminal. Despite being a recovering alcoholic himself, Danny is the only member of his family to have his act together and is so determined to have no association with them that he had his last name legally changed (to something decidedly Anglican, no less (he's Hispanic)).
  • Joxer from Xena: Warrior Princess 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 Camp Gay dancer, but he at least is successful at his chosen field. Joxer, on the other hand...
  • Vlad on Young Dracula is an example of trying to fit in the evil family. The issue is that vampire kids have a Dangerous 16th Birthday or the like and after that, go through Transhuman Treachery. Vlad wants to avoid this. Interestingly, his Fille Fatale sister Ingrid actually is evil and she's the more rebellious of the two.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • The Addams Family: One of Charles Addams' cartoons had Morticia Addams showing a guest the family portraits; among the horrible, deformed people portrayed was one of a respectable-looking man. Morticia explained that "(This one) Daddy always called the lost sheep."
  • One The Far Side comic featured the sons of Barnum & Bailey, rebelling against their parents by running away to join corporate America.

  • The Adventure Zone: Balance: Brad Bradson's father is "Brad the Bloodthirsty", and his grandfather is "Brad the Bonebreaker". Our Brad is "Brad the Motivator".

    Professional Wrestling 
  • Erick Rowan, being the literal "White Sheep" of the Wyatt Family, actually ended up being the only Wyatt Family member to 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 Luke Harper as a member). He's since returned, but he remains the only Wyatt Family member to have been a face.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Candace Allard-Liao, formerly of the Capellan Confederation, later ruler of the St. Ives Compact in the BattleTech Universe. Her father, Maximilian Liao, was rather Axe-Crazy, her little sister Romano took up after her father, and her brother Tormano was more or less disinherited. She happened to fall in love with a Federated Commonwealth agent and defected to them along with her Duchy of St. Ives.
  • Champions adventure The Circle and M.E.T.E.. Megan Pierce rebelled against her evil witch mother and became a superhero.
  • Any player character Whateley from Deadlands.
  • In the backstory of Ravenloft, Sergei von Zarovich was this among his family, especially compared to his older brother Strahd, who while still a respected ruler was undoubtedly brutal and vicious. Sergei would ultimately be murdered by Strahd after he made a pretty much literal Deal with the Devil out of jealousy that a woman named Tatyana had fallen in love with Sergei and not him, and then Strahd tried to pursue Tatyana, only for her to flee from him and throw herself from the walls of Castle Ravenloft.

  • In The Addams Family, 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: I’m 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.
  • Mortimer Brewster of Arsenic and Old Lace is considered something of a black sheep by his aunts because he's a Deadpan Snarker and irreligious, but the aunts are (good-hearted) murderers and everyone else in the family is crazy and/or evil. The reason for this is revealed at the end of the play: he's adopted.
  • Show Within a Show example from Cabaret: the Mama of Don't Tell Mama 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.
  • In Electra, Chrysothemis sometimes approaches being the Only Sane Man in her murdering incestuous family.
  • Ocean O'Connell Rosenberg of Ride the Cyclone. The O'Connell-Rosenbergs aren't evil per se, they're just aged hippies trying their best to raise a nice kid in a podunk town in Saskatchewan. Ocean, by contrast, is a pushy, relentlessly self-centered overachiever who thrives on structure, order, and "democracy" (read: meritocracy). She excels when given a framework where she can measure her self-worth via her achievements, so she loved going to an uptight, rule-filled Catholic school. The trope is Lampshaded when the Dramatis Personae are read aloud by the show's narrator:
    The Amazing Karnak: Ocean was born into a family of far-left-of-center Humanists, who moved to northern Saskatchewan to live a carbon-free lifestyle. The hemp needlepoint sign above the household's toilet read "If it's yellow let it mellow, if it's brown scoop it out with your hand and put it in the compost." Yet in between all the drum circles, Marxist parables, and cheese sandwiches made of human breast milk, Ocean could never shake the feeling she was the White Sheep of her family.
  • The Polish play 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 caricature-type 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).
  • The entire premise of the play The White Sheep of the Family by L. du Garde Peach and Ian Hay, in which a young man decides to quit his family business of white-collar crime.

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  • Thalassa Gramarye from Ace Attorney was this in comparison to the other members of Troupe Gramarye, as she comes off far less scummy than them by a wide margin.
  • Brentilda of Banjo-Kazooie 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.
  • Borderlands: Handsome Jack has a daughter who is clearly a nicer person than he is, but can't show it in public because she has been imprisoned and jacked into cyberspace by her own father. The rest of Jack's crew has... issues.
    • Sir Alistair Hammerlock's sister Aurelia is the epitome of a Rich Bitch and their parents' fortune is apparently blood money, but Alistair himself is quite heroic and helpful (for a poacher).
  • Celestial Hearts: Sera Gravehart disagreed with her father and brother's plan to sacrifice people to resurrect their matriarch, resulting in her living in hiding in the Deadwood. Once she's discovered, she decides to help the party fight her family.
  • In Champions Online, 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' stayed evil, and is her primary nemesis.
  • In The Council of Hanwell, the Doctor's clone, you, is the only good anomaly. It probably helps that you are more human than anomaly.
  • Leopold Rochester from Criminal Case: Mysteries of the Past is pretty much the only upstanding member of the otherwise corrupt family, and he stands against his relatives' attempts to take over Concordia, and helped the Flying Squad discredit his nephew, Malcolm Rochester, who is the family's political spearhead in the city.
  • The character Lanky Kong from Donkey Kong 64 is subtly implied to be a Manky Kong (a clan of evil orangutang Kongs, the Black Sheep 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.
  • This is Varric's role in the Tethras family in Dragon Age II. He has a couple of cousins who are implied to be (or have been) decent people; but in his immediate family, his father got the family exiled from Orzammar by rigging fighting contests, while his mother was a mean Lady Drunk with vicious hangovers who eventually died from it. His only sibling, Bartrand, is an extremely greedy and self-important Jerkass who ultimately tries to kill Varric, Hawke, and the other party members present by sealing them in an underground room. By contrast, Varric is friendly, loyal, generous, and willing to do most anything for his closest friends and his beloved home city of Kirkwall.
  • Five Nights at Freddy's has this as The Hero, Michael Afton, is the Only Sane Man of the Afton family considering his dad is a Serial Killer and the Big Bad, and his sister is Daddy's Little Villain in the final game.
    • Five Nights at Freddy's: Security Breach introduces Freddy himself, this time as Glamrock Freddy, as the only animatronic that does NOT try to harm, torture, or kill the protagonist. Which is definitely helpful, since your protagonist is only a twelve-year-old.
  • Genshin Impact: Eula is a member of the infamous Lawrence family, whose tyrannical rule over Mondstadt has left a sour impression that lasted well after they were overthrown centuries prior. Eula, however, actively works to distance herself from them despite most people's distrust of her family name, going so far as to join the Knights of Favonius and sever ties with her family. At one point, she even declares that should the Lawrence family start up their tyranny again, she will completely dismantle them and rebuild her clan from the bottom up.
  • Hogwarts Legacy:
  • One Finger Death Punch is this to its creator, Silver Dollar Games. The company is most notorious for one-dollar 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 Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door, one of the shadow sirens, Vivian makes a Heel–Face Turn after Mario befriends her. Her two sisters are both evil (especially Beldam) and serve the game's Big Bad.
  • Emma from Purgatory 2 becomes this in the endings of her routes, where she decides to become the head of the Grand Illustrious House White to try and fight Lobelia and free the kingdom from their grasp.
  • In Resident Evil 6, Sherry Birkin and Jake Muller are this. Sherry is the daughter of William Birkin from Resident Evil 2, 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 Big Bad Albert Wesker, and he ends up helping Sherry. He even goes on his own to fight Bioterrorism in one of the endings.
  • Racter from Shadowrun Returns: Hong Kong, terrifyingly enough. Racter is a sociopath who still doesn't understand why his mother sent him to a psychiatrist when he vivisected the neighbor's rooster at age eight, but has, with age, learned to mimic neurotypical behaviour to the level that he no longer hurts living beings without reason. However, he is still capable of truly horrifying violence if he has a reason, like being angry or getting paid. He is also determined to be a better person than his grandfather, who killed his brother with an ice auger over a card game, or his father, who regularly beat his wife and children to work up an appetite for dinner, and justifiably considers himself to have succeeded quite well in that regard.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog:
    • Maria Robotnik was the only known member of her family to not be an evil scientist. She wanted to protect the world. Naturally, she was killed as a child.
    • From Sonic Frontiers, we have Sage. Despite trying to stop Sonic from resurrecting The End, she is still a child in heart and can be compassionate by protecting the Koco which separates her from most of her siblings.
  • In Star Wars: The Old Republic 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 a Psychopathic Manchild who makes Darth Vader look reasonable, and her husband is a galaxy-conquering and soul-devouring monster.
  • In Tekken:
    • Lars Alexandersson (Heihachi's illegitimate son) is the White Sheep of the Mishima Clan and thus the only wholly good member of his family. Jinpachi (Heihachi's father) wants to be good but Demonic Possession prevents it (instead turning him into a Death Seeker) while Jin Kazama (the latest in the bloodline) does bad things for good reasons (he wants to eliminate the curse of the Devil Gene and destroy the devil that was trying to possess him 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 did not start out that way, while Heihachi became evil after his evil wife Kazumi (who as it turns out is the progenitor of the Devil Gene that plagues both Kazuya and Jin) tried to murder him.
    • Lee Chaolan is adopted into the Mishima family by Heihachi to rile up Kazuya earlier. At first, Lee was a smug bastard that sucked up on whoever has more power, but after vanishing from the second game, he returned as a Self-Made Man, having been disowned by Heihachi who didn't take his sucking up lightly. And since none of the cursed blood ran in his vein, Lee is free to be his own man to which he became a charismatic, flamboyant, stylish man with tendencies to go to the extremes to deal with the cursed family... but also generally helpful and kind.

  • The Adventures of Dr. McNinja: 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.
  • Dominic Deegan: 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, and the assassin later reforms after being jailed.
  • Everyday Heroes: Jane Mighty comes from a family of supervillains and various associated minions. She was a fairly successful henchwoman herself as "Iron Jane", up until the "Wrecking Paul" incident.note  After time in jail and counseling (and eventually more) from Mr. Mighty, she set aside her criminal ways and has lived as a normal, law-abiding housewife for the last two decades, and has largely avoided her criminal family. Her family thinks she wasted a golden opportunity to take advantage of her prison time to make contacts in the underworld. The fact that her family treated her like a useful minion while Mr. Mighty treated her like a human being tipped the balance toward her Heel–Face Turn.
  • Essentially the premise of Evil Diva is a young demoness rebelling against her devil family by becoming a Magical Girl for the forces of good!
  • Girl Genius,
    • The Heterodyne Boys, Bill and Barry, are the "white sheep" of a long line of megalomaniacal, vicious, and extremely competent Sparky rulers. Their mother, Teodora Vodenicharoa, raised them outside of Castle Heterodyne and its insane idea of child care, so they grew up with a strong sense of right and wrong and heroic spirit and worked to redeem the family name across the world. This did have a darker side, however; in rejecting everything to do with the Old Heterodynes, they rejected their sentient Castle and army of Jaegers. The Castle couldn't understand why they hated it so much, while the Jaegers could understand, and were very depressed about it. (And at the same time intrigued, as the Boys were something new, which is always welcome after living a few hundred years.) They also attempted to purge Mechanicsburg of all the earlier Heterodynes' monstrous creations, and only stopped their purge because it threatened to spark an outright rebellion.
    • Agatha Heterodyne, daughter of Bill, is both another white sheep of the Heterodynes and a white sheep of the Mongfishes, her mother's family. The Mongfishes (including her mother) were all insane megalomaniacs with a disturbing interest in biology, but Agatha has little to do with that side of her family. Furthermore, she's a little bit more gray than her father and uncle. Since she's not desperate to deny the Heterodyne heritage like they were, she is happy to use all the old Heterodyne monsters for good. She loves the Castle and the Jaegers, and even if they find her a little "boring," they're more than happy to fight for her. She also has the Heterodyne boys beat 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 an ally of the 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. note 
  • In The Order of the Stick, the party is helped at one point by teenage goblins. Since goblins are Always Chaotic Evil, it puzzles them until Haley, thinking about her past as a gloomy goth teenager, deduces that being Neutral Good is their way of rebelling against their parents.
  • In Something*Positive, Vanessa is the only member of her large family who has never had any trouble with the law. 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. Really, despite the many stories about dysfunctional MacIntyres, Davan's branch of the family is mostly just full of occasionally jerkish Deadpan Snarkers.

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    Western Animation 
  • Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers: Shane Gooseman is the youngest of the 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) turned out to be everything you'd expect a living weapon to be - amoral, cruel, and bloodthirsty.
  • Adventures of the Gummi Bears: Sir Victor (actually Sir Victor Igthorn, Duke Igthorn's brother) realized as early as age six that his family was rotten, and has spent his entire life doing good to try to atone for their evil actions.
  • When Prince Zuko from Avatar: The Last Airbender tries to stop a bunch of Fire Nation troops from being used as cannon fodder, he gets burned and exiled by his father for his trouble. Meeting his sister, grandfather and great-grandfather only makes his virtues stand out even more, in spite of his antagonism. Later, he makes a Heel–Face Turn and decides to join the Gaang to teach the Avatar firebending, in order to see his father overthrown.
  • In Batman Beyond, Melanie Walker is the current Ten of the Royal Flush Gang, but she hates her life of crime and just wants a normal life. Unfortunately, her parents treated her relationship with Terry as teenage rebellion. But after one too many manipulations from her parents, Melanie not only makes a Heel–Face Turn but after her brother Jack is arrested and she pays his bail, he joins her in going straight!
  • In Bojack Horseman, 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.
    BoJack: So, what, you're like the Black Sheep?
    Diane: No, Gary's the black sheep. He's adopted. I'm just the member of the family nobody likes. And my dad was the worst of them all.
  • Zigzagged in Codename: Kids Next Door; 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, 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 Big Bad, Father.
  • Count Duckula is a literal Vegetarian Vampire 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 (someone used tomato juice instead of blood).
  • In the Darkwing Duck 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 Big Brother Bully in the original universe, is in moral rebellion against the evil Muddlefoots of the Negaverse.
  • Pacifica Northwest of Gravity Falls develops into one in the second season. After spending the first season as a one-dimensional snobby 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.
  • Loopy DeLoop, an obscure Hanna-Barbera character from their early days, was a wolf who bucked the trend of wolves being evil. He sought to do good deeds, but since the universal belief is that all wolves are evil, nobody took him seriously.
  • Beezy J. Heinous from Jimmy Two-Shoes, who is much more interested in hanging out with his friends and eating than in spreading misery like the rest of the Heinouses.
  • From Justice League Unlimited, we have Brainiac 5 from the 31st century, dedicated to undoing all his ancestors' work. He even describes himself as a black sheep. 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.
  • Kaeloo: Kaeloo comes from a family where being a violent jerkass is encouraged, and most of her family members are like this. However, Kaeloo herself, and her cousin Kevin, are polite and well-spoken individuals who are kind and caring.
  • Señor Senior Junior in Kim Possible. He is fine with being evil but doesn't understand, for instance, what's with the complex death traps.
  • Miraculous Ladybug:
    • Adrien Agreste/Cat Noir is, as of season three, the only member of the Agreste family shown to not be actively malicious — his father Gabriel is a Control Freak Abusive Parent and secretly Hawk Moth, his aunt Amélie and cousin Félix are jerkass thieves, and even his Missing Mom Emilie is Ambiguously Evil (at least before going into a Peacock Miraculous-induced coma).
    • Though André Bourgeois is at least somewhat sympathetic from time to time, his wife Audrey and daughter Chloé are Alpha Bitches to the worst degree, and even André is extremely reluctant to stand against them for any reason. The family White Sheep would be Audrey's illegitimate daughter Zoé, who starts out imitating Chloé but quickly grows sick of doing so, ultimately standing up to her and carving out her own life, while befriending Marinette.
  • Cedric Sneer in The Raccoons is a noble good-hearted character and the son of the (for the most part) main villain Cyril Sneer (albeit he later became more of an Anti-Villain) and best friend of the show’s heroes and his father’s foes. It is also implied that the Sneer family is made of cruel misers (to the point that Cyril is ashamed of his philanthropist uncle), although this might be Cyril's version, as it's never actually shown in-universe.
  • In Squidbillies is Cousin Durwood. He went against the family values by... getting an education and living a wholesome life.
  • Played With in The Simpsons when Moe declares himself this trope by name when discussing his family being in a "very evil business"... selling mattresses. Although to his credit, he had an even more Dysfunctional Family than the Simpsons.
  • Star vs. the Forces of Evil: The "Piefolk" are a clan of bakers, con artists, and thieves. Everyone we see, even the children, are willing to take part in long-term cons in order to steal from everyone who is not Piefolk. The exception is Foolduke, the jester of Butterfly castle, who finds the whole affair annoying at best. Even her own parents shamelessly fleece her husband for everything he's got. Star herself is technically a white sheep as well since she's a distant descendant and apparently baking pies and stealing are genetic. She definitely wasn't raised in the culture, though.
  • The [adult swim] pilot That Crook'd 'Sipp focuses on one intelligent little girl in a family otherwise comprised of dumb rednecks.
  • ThunderCats (2011) has Thundera's Catfolk Rebel Prince Lion-O, introduced as a conventional Black Sheep, a duty-shirking Cloudcuckoolander believer in Lost Technology in a Proud Warrior Race royal family, who inhabits a magical kingdom stuck in Medieval Stasis. Yet as his world is revealed, social stratification, Animal Jingoist Fantastic Racism and Cultural Posturing become more apparent until it's obvious that Thundera is not The Good Kingdom, but an expansionist Evil Empire. When Lion-O decides to hear out some particularly vitriolic stockaded and enslaved Lizard Folk prisoners-of-war, he's forced to confront the idea that My Species Doth Protest Too Much, and ends up further alienating his father and his subjects as he defends the Lizards from a Vigilante Execution by Angry Mob.
  • In the short, "Concord the Kindly Condor" from the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Toons From the Crypt", Concord Condor becomes a veterinarian, spending all his time helping sick and defenseless forest animals, and protecting them from his three mean (and much bigger) older brothers, who want to hunt and eat them and want him to do the same.
  • Several characters in Young Justice (2010) fit this trope:
    • The first, Artemis Crock, is actually the daughter of Sportsmaster and her mother was a former villain who reformed after getting out of prison. Artemis' sister, Jade, also known as Cheshire works for the League of Shadows.
    • Aqualad was an unknowing version of this, since while he didn't know it, his father is Black Manta. He later exploits this fact in order to infiltrate the Light.
    • The Scarab zigzags this trope. 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 Good All Along, just controlled.


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Kenji is unable to enjoy his victory not just because of the damage the battle caused, but also due to it reminding him of how his ruthless father would've fought.

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