Heroic Overview
Protecting the Innocent

Protecting the Innocent

I WON'T let you kill my mother!
~ Merida protecting Queen Elinor from being killed by King Fergus

In any good story, or even in real life, there comes a time when the hero or heroine must protect an innocent person from severe danger, whether it is from an enemy, a natural disaster, the list goes on. But it isn't always the hero who stands up for someone. Sometimes, the protagonist's best friend or a member of his or her family could defend the innocent, even the hero or heroine. Sometimes, there is a secret bonus that a hero will have a saved soul for sacrificing his or her life.

There are many ways the protagonist can defend the innocent:

  • Fighting off an enemy.
  • Jumping between the person to be saved and the enemy, a falling rock, etc.
  • Pulling the victim out of the way.
  • Giving up his or her life for the person to rescue.
  • Standing up for the innocent person.


Ugly Gorillas! Ugly! Go Away!
~ Amy the talking Gorilla telling off the Grey Gorillas not to kill Peter Elliot.

Get away from my godson!
~ Sirius Black defending his godson Harry Potter

(Young Judy notices Gideon Grey and his lackey, Travis, intimidating a group of kids and pokes her head out from behind a box.) (Gideon: Give me your tickets right now, or I'm gonna kick your meek little sheep butt!) (Gideon roughly shoves a small black lamb.) (Girl Lamb: Ow! Cut it out, Gideon!) (Gideon swipes some tickets from the sheep's hands.) (Gideon, mockingly: Baa, baa! What are you gonna do, cry?) Hey! (Judy steps in to protect the kids.) You heard her. Cut it out. (Gideon: Nice costume, loser. What kind of crazy world are you living in where you think a bunny can be a cop?) (firmly) Kindly return my friend's tickets. (Gideon: Come and get 'em. But watch out, 'cause I'm a fox. Like you said in your dumb little stage play, us predators used to EAT prey! And our killer instincts are still in our "denna.") (Travis: Uh, I'm pretty much sure it's pronounced DNA.) (Gideon, giving Travis a sharp push: Don't tell me what I know, Travis.) You don't scare me, Gideon! (Suddenly, without warning, Gideon knocks Judy to the ground! The kids cry out and gasp.) (Gideon: Scared now?) (Travis: Look at her nose twitch.) (The bully, smiling maliciously, towers over Judy.) (Gideon: Cry, little baby bunny! Cry!) (Judy bravely kicks Gideon in the face, knocking him backward. The children gasp and Gideon rubs his sore tooth.) (Gideon: Oh, you don't know when to quit, do ya?) (SHWINK! Claws sprout from Gideon's fingers. Judy gasps. With an ugly snarl, the fox raises his arm and swipes at Judy, ripping a gash in her right cheek! The kids gasp once again and Gideon pins Judy to the ground.) (Gideon: I want you to remember this moment: The next time you think you will be ANYTHING more than just a stupid, carrot-farming dumb bunny!) (He lets Judy go and he and, with a mean laugh, walks off with Travis. As soon as the bullies are out of earshot, the kids run over to Judy, who is still wounded.) (Boy Lamb: That was bad.) (Girl Lamb: Are you okay, Judy?) (Judy pulls herself up.) Yeah, I'm okay. (She pulls out the tickets Gideon had stolen and gives it to the girl lamb.) Here you go. (Girl Lamb: Wow! You got our tickets!) (Boy Sheep: You're awesome, Judy.) (Girl Lamb: Yeah, that Gideon Grey doesn't know what he's talking about!) Well, he was right about one thing. (Judy stands tall and places her police hat on her head.) I don't know when to quit.
~ Young Judy Hopps protecting a group of children from Gideon Grey.

Take your hands off my children!
~ Cedric Brown protecting his children from Selma Thadius Quickly.

Run, Mowgli, Run!
~ Baloo, protecting Mowgli from Shere Khan.

Get away from my son!
~ Samson protecting Ryan from Kazar.

I promise, if I find out he's been mistreated in any way, I'll have this place shut down.
~ Will Rodman defending Caesar as he stands up to John Landon.

Put them down! Put my children down!
~ Helen Grace standing up to Mulgarath to save her children.

You filthy goddamn pock-marked fascist assholes! Take your hands off my lobby boy! (The lead inspector walks into the coach.) (Inspector: What's the problem?) This is outrageous! This young man works for me at the Grand Budapest hotel in Nebelsbad! (pause) (Inspector: Monsieur Gustave? My name is Henckels. I'm the son of Dr. and Mrs. Wolfgang Henckels-Bergersdofer. Don't you remeber me?) I know exactly who you are. It's uncanny. You're little Albert.) (Henckels: I'm terribly embarrassed. Release them.)
~ Gustave H. standing up against fascist officers to protect Zero.

You awful man, stay away from my son.
~ Marge Simpson telling Sideshow Bob to stay away from her son Bart

(Jason and Glory arrive at the reception, to see Brad waiting) (Glory: This is not the way to handle this. You cannot march in here and pick up children without the proper notification; that's against the law! (turns to one of her staff) Call their mother.) (Brad: You don't need to call her!) You're not going in there. (Brad: Who do you think you are, huh?) Step down. (turns to the staff member) Call their mother. (Brad: Yeah, go ahead, call her. Tell her I'm done putting up with this.) (Glory: If you are those children's father, then you should act like it instead of acting like a fool!) (Brad: (takes a step forward) I want my kids! (Glory and her staff shoot back, but Jason steps closer to Brad.) Look, I don't know much about the law, but attempting to take your kids without authorization can get you in big trouble, so calm down and back off! (Brad pauses, then walks out of the reception.)
~ Jason Wilson standing up to Christine's ex-husband, Brad, to protect their children.

(Diego steps between Manny & Soto) (Soto: What are you doing?!) Leave...the mammoth...alone.
~ Diego taking Manny's side against Soto

(Roscoe and Desoto advance menancingly on Oliver. Dodger runs in between them) (Roscoe: Get outta my way, Dodger!) Dodger: That's enough, Roscoe! (Rita, Francis, Einstein and Tito also protect Oliver from the dobermans; Sykes' car horn honks) Rita: Run along, Roscoe. You're master's calling. (Roscoe & Desoto hesitate, then turn to leave) (Roscoe: C'mon, Desoto.) (As the dobermans leave, Roscoe turns to the gang) (Roscoe: We ain't finished, Dodger. You guys are gonna pay for this--starting with that cat.) (The dobermans leave)
~ Dodger and the gang protecting Oliver from Roscoe and Desoto

Listen lady! NOBODY messes with my dumb babies except ME!
~ Angelica Pickles standing up to Coco LaBouche for hurting the babies, before stomping on the evil woman's wedding dress, causing it to rip and reveal her undergarments.

Get away from her, you BITCH!!!
~ Ellen Ripley saves Newt and fights the Xenomorph queen by using Caterpillar P-5000 Work Loader

Chapman, get your hands off of my FRIEND!
~ Garfield attacking Happy Chapman who's threatening Odie with a shock collar.

(Manny and the gang have returned to the continent but no one is there.) Manny: ELLIE! PEACHES! I'M HERE! Please! She's gotta be here! (Sid, Diego and Granny slump sadly; Manny closes his eyes in despair) Peaches: (in distance) Dad! Manny: Wait, did you hear that? Diego: Manny. Manny: No, I heard something! I heard it! (As they draw closer, a shadow is shown in the fog.) Diego: Is that–? Manny: Peaches? THERE SHE IS! Peaches: Dad! Manny: We're coming, sweetie! Don't move! Peaches: Daddy! Manny: Peaches! (Suddenly, Captain Gutt emerges from the fog and grabs Peaches by the throat, holding a dagger near her neck!) (Captain Gutt: Welcome home, Daddy!) Peaches: LET GO OF ME! (Manny gasps in horror) (Captain Gutt: What are the odds? We were just talking about you! You like the new ship? I call her Sweet Revenge!) (Silas: And look here! We've got the catch du jeur!) (Ellie's tied up with vines to the mast.) Manny: Ellie! Ellie: I'm alright! (glares at Gutt) Let my daughter go! (Gutt laughs) Manny: It's okay. He wants me. And he's gonna get me. Diego: Huh? (He notices a weakened Shira staggering to her feet.) (Captain Gutt: Sacrificing yourself for your daughter! How touching! How predictable. Now come and get her! ) (Flynn & Raz lay down a plank bridge for Manny to cross to the next ship) (Raz: G'day, mate!) (Flynn: Remember us? We're the bad guys!) Manny: Alright, let them go! (Captain Gutt: [chuckles darkly] I don't think so. You destroyed everything I had! I'm just returning the favor.) Manny: NO! (Manny tries to charge at Gutt, but the crew rapidly ties him up) (Captain Gutt: I warned you.) (Everything seems hopeless, when suddenly, a voice yells.) Louis: STOP! (Crash & Eddie point at Louis, who stands before the other animals.) Let the mammoth go! Manny: Weiner? (Captain Gutt: [laughing] Uh-oh! Who brought the muscle to the party?) Peaches: Louis, don't! Ethan: What's he doin'? He's gonna get himself killed! Louis: It's okay, I can handle him. (Captain Gutt: How cute, a hero! Let's see what bravery gets you. Gupta, give the lad your weapon.) (Gupta: [drawing a knife] Nice knowin' ya, kid.) (Gupta tosses the knife in front of Louis. Louis tries to lift it up, but it doesn't budge; Gutt and his crew laugh until Louis finally manages to pull the knife out. He fearlessly points it towards Gutt.) (Captain Gutt: Let's dance, hero) (Louis flails with the knife and tosses into the air. When the knife lands, Louis has burrowed underground. Gutt, confused, looks around for the molehog, when Louis pops out of the ground beside him and slams a heavy ice chunk on the pirate's foot!) (Captain Gutt: YEOW!) (Gutt in pain releases Peaches; Manny breaks free of his bonds.) (Captain Gutt: Don't stand there like barnacles! GET HIM!)
~ Manny and the gang finally return to the continent only to find only to find Captain Gutt and his crew had beaten them there, having tied Ellie to a pillar, and Gutt holding a dagger near Peaches' neck. When Manny goes aboard to exchange himself for Peaches' life, Gutt goes back on his word, stating that the mammoth took everything he had from him, and the evil captain intended to do the same. Just as all seems lost, Louis then steps up to the ape and slams an ice chunk on Gutt's foot, making him release Peaches.

~ Lars standing up to Cruella, refusing to make puppy-coat canvases for her

(Jasmine is walking through the marketplace in disguise when she notices a hungry little boy reaching for an apple. She turns to him with sympathy.) Oh, you must be hungry. (Jasmine takes an apple and gives it to the boy.) Here you go. (As the boy scurries off, the fruit seller, a huge scary-looking man with a gruff voice, rises from his stall.) (Fruit Seller: You'd better be able to pay for that.) Pay? (The fruit seller grabs Jasmine roughly.) (Fruit Seller: No one steals from MY cart!) Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I don't have any money. (Fruit Seller: THIEF!) Please! If you let me go to the palace, I can get some from the Sultan. (Aladdin and Abu watch from the sidelines; they know what to do.) (Fruit Seller: Do you know what the penalty is for STEALING?) (As he speaks, the fruit seller roughly grabs Jasmine's arm, presses it down onto the stall, and pulls out a huge knife, poised to chop off her hand!) No! No, please! (A hand grabs the fruit seller's knife, blocking his blow. The rescuer is Aladdin.) (Aladdin: Thank you, kind sir. I'm so glad you found her.) (Aladdin turns to Jasmine.) (Aladdin: I've been looking all over for you.) What are you doing? (Aladdin, guiding Jasmine: Just play along.)
~ Jasmine being rescued by Aladdin from a wrathful Fruit Vender whom she unintentionally stole an apple from to give a hungry boy to, which leads to their relationship and romance.

(Hopper grabs Dot having discovered the bird is a decoy. He stomps to the crowd) (Hopper: WHOSE IDEA WAS THIS?! Huh?!) (No one moves; Hopper turns his attention to Atta) (Hopper: Was it yours, Princess?) (Princess Atta, standing her ground with the girls behind her: Just get behind me, girls. It'll be OK) Leave her alone, Hopper! The bird was MY idea! I'M the one you want!
~ Flik standing up to Hopper, revealing the fake bird was his idea.

~ Dash Parr saving Violet from Syndrome's goons

(Frollo locks the miller and his family inside their house with a spear; he turns to Phoebus) (Frollo: Burn it.) What?! (Frollo, handing Phoebus a torch: Until it smolders. These people are traitors and must be made examples of.) With all due respect, sir, I was not trained to murder the innocent. (Frollo: But you were trained to follow orders!) (Phoebus douses his torch in a water barrel; Frollo snarls with rage) (Frollo: Insolent coward!) (Frollo grabs another torch and touches the flame to the windmill. The entire structure is quickly engulfed in flame. Phoebus crashes through the window and brings the family outside to safety. Then Frollo's soldiers grab Phoebus) (Frollo: The sentence for insubordination is death, such a pity. You threw away a promising career.) Consider it my highest honor, sir.
~ Phoebus refusing to burn the innocent miller's house under Frollo's orders, then saves the family when Frollo sets the house on fire anyway. In response, Frollo attempts to have Phoebus executed, but not before Esmeralda intervenes with a distraction.

Put the chick down, Dag.
~ Otis defending Maddy from Dag

I'm here to settle this, Grimm! Let the girl go!
~ Bulletproof Jackson standing up to Grimm Jim to save Ashley.

Hey, Mom! Mom, look. We gotta talk, okay? (Gabe: HEY! Can't you see she's servicing me and my friends?) Hey, hey! Don't talk about my mom like that, you bald-headed freak.
~ Percy Jackson standing up to Gabe Ugliano to protect his mother.

Hold it right there, Bucko! (Desmond Spellman turned around as he saw Casper and gave a confused look: Bucko?) (Wendy running up to Casper: Casper you came back!) (Desmond's henchmen grabbed Wendy) (Desmond zaps Wendy's aunts) (Casper being in shock for a moment) (Wendy trying to reach to Casper: Help!) (Desmond: That's right. The Oracle mention a ghost but never mention one so puny.) You leave Wendy alone!
~ Casper standing up to Desmond Spellman to save Wendy

Keep your paws off my boy!
~ Tramp protecting Scamp from Reggie.

Bad snake, bad snake, bad snake!!! Bad, bad, bad snake! (Shanti: Ranjan?) You leave Shanti alone!
~ Ranjan vigorously beats Kaa black and blue with a stick to protect Shanti from getting eaten by the sinister serpent

~ Moses trying to stop a guard from sadistically whipping an elderly slave.

~ Quasimodo saving Esmeralda from being burned at the stake by Frollo

Kocoum, STOP!
~ Pocahonas trying to protect John Smith from Kocoum.

HEY! No one does that to my friend!
~ Woody, fighting Stinky Pete for hitting Buzz

Stop it! So you'd hammer one of nature's innocent creatures?!
~ The Lorax defending Pipsqueak, the youngest Barbaloot from the Once-Ler

If you ever come near my son again...
~ Mufasa, pouncing on the Hyenas for chasing Simba

Not likely! (Negaduck: Too late Darkwing, you can't save both the girl and the city) Au contraire, mon Fraire, that is what heroes do best.
~ Darkwing Duck confronting Negaduck to save his daughter Gosalyn