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Heroic Overview
Not All Bad

A positive alternative to a villain being Not Always Nice, a hero or heroine can prove he or she is Not All Bad. This means that the hero. heroine, an anti-hero, or some other good guy character can prove there is more to him or her than meets the eye. In other words, this type of hero is a book that should not be judged by its cover. For instance, a spoiled rich girl can prove herself a compassionate friend or a scary monster can have a heart of gold who has been misunderstood.

ExamplesEdit

MoviesEdit

Disney/PixarEdit

  • The Beast/Prince Adam: Began as a spoiled and selfish prince who had no love in his heart, but as the story progressed, he let Belle into his heart and showed himself as the compassionate hero he truly was.
  • Nick Wilde: Started out as a sly, conniving con artist fox and a shrewd liar, but his partnership with Judy Hopps helped him get past that and in the process, he became a loyal and selfless hero.
  • Queen Elinor: Was a powerful ruler whose citizens obeyed every law she enforced. She started off being very strict and unable to connect with her daughter, Merida, but then showed herself as the valiant and nurturing mother she truly was.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: Was a bad guy who spent his days wrecking buildings, but showed his true colors when he became a friend to outcast Vanellope Von Schweetz.
  • Kuzco: Started off being spoiled and arrogant, but through his friendship with Pacha, he becomes kind and understanding.
  • Grumpy: Started off being rude and unfriendly to Snow White, since he disliked women probably because of the Queen's reign of terror, but then grew to be kind and helpful.
  • Anastasia Tremaine: Was spoiled and mean in the first Cinderella film, but in the sequels, she was nice to Cinderella.
  • King Triton: Used to hate humans, calling them barbarians, but his opinion changed when Prince Eric explained there is good in human after saving him from Ursula.
  • Anger: He usually gets mad when things get out of control, however later on he calms down and starts to be good.
  • Jack Skellington: Was an anti-hero who does his job every Halloween and during Christmas, he takes over Santa Claus' job and ruined Christmas. But then, he made a big mistake and should've listened to Sally and after rescuing her and Santa, he still remains the Pumpkin King of Halloweentown.
  • Iago: Starts the first movie as Jafar's sidekick. In the sequel, he is finally fed up with his master's abuse, Iago defects from Jafar to the good guys for his own gain, and eventually starts to actually like them. Once Jafar comes back, however, he bullies Iago into luring Aladdin and his friends into his evil trap, though Iago's clearly not happy about doing it. Iago foils Jafar's plan to have Aladdin beheaded, though he refuses the gang's requests to fight back against Jafar out of cowardice. At the climax, Iago ultimately redeems himself by kicking Jafar's black lamp into molten lava, causing Jafar to be electrocuted, then explode into nothingness.
  • Captain Hector Barbossa: He started out as Jack Sparrow's arch-enemy in the first movie, but becomes good in later films and joins forces with Sparrow.
  • Maleficent (Maleficent Film): She had a hatred of humanity and turned evil when King Stefan betrayed her by cutting off her wings. But later on she shows a soft spot towards Aurora and revived her with a kiss.
  • Mamá Imelda: Was bitter and strict, and banned music out of concern for her family. After singing "La Llorona", she reconcile with her husband Hector and lifts her ban on music.
  • Eddie Valiant: Was a curmudgeon who disliked Toons with every fiber of his being since the murder of his brother, but then transcended that weight and became the Toons' hero by saving them from the dastardly Judge Doom, who is his brother's true killer.

DreamWorksEdit

  • Shrek: Started off as a scary ogre who disliked intruders, but he let Donkey into his life and Princess Fiona into his heart, proving he is more a teddy bear than a scary monster.
  • Megamind: Started off as a supervillain with plans for world domination, but he eventually became a hero by making amends for his wrongdoings and saving Metro City from the evil Tighten.
  • Colonel Cutter: He started out as General Mandible's second-in-command and henchman, but later on he has second thoughts about their plan to liquidate the colony and turns against Mandible to help Z and the others.

OtherEdit

  • Winter Warlock: He was once a cold-hearted sorcerer who wouldn't let anyone pass through his domain to Sombertown, but after Kris gives him a present his icy heart literally melts and he becomes much nicer.
  • Winnie Portley-Rind: Starts off being stuck-up, spoiled and bossy, but she revealed her true colors by helping Eggs learn how to be a proper boy and find a family.
  • Storm Shadow (G.I. Joe Films): He was a ninja working for Cobra at the beginning and did lots of terrible things. In the sequel, it was revealed he was framed by Zartan for murdering The Hard Master, so he decides to team up with G.I. JOE to stop Cobra Commander's plan from taking over the world and kill Zartan for the crime he didn't commit.
  • Mary Lennox: Started off as a rude, spoiled girl, but she is able to open up Colin and his father's heart, bringing new life to the Secret Garden.
  • Gru: Started off as a diabolical supervillain bent on stealing the moon and initially planned to using Margo, Edith and Agnes in his plan to steal a shrink ray, but ends up growing attached to them and grows from a criminal mastermind to an affectionate father.
  • Rick (Happily N'Ever After):
  • Baroness (G.I. Joe Films): She started working for Cobra and she was brainwashed for four years by her brother Rex Lewis (aka Cobra Commander). Later on, she fights off the nanomites also having some memory flashbacks of the love she shared with Duke, then she was able to come to his rescue before the Doctor could turn him into a mindless Viper. Together they manage to capture both the criminals, later on, a doctor removes all those nanomites from her and becomes a member of the G.I. JOE.
  • Amber Pollock: She started out as a nasty bully to Lisa and all the other students, after her accidental death she becomes a spirit. Later on, she becomes more nice to her old friend Lisa Sommers.
  • Batman (The Lego Movie Series): Like Garfield, he was a spoiled, haughty and selfish jerk and he didn't listen to Barbara Gordon, but showed himself as the selfless hero he truly was when rescuing his friends from the Phantom Zone exiles and save Gotham City together.
  • Rexy (Jurassic Park Films): She was like a bloodthirsty and rouge tyrannosaurus rex, when she was chasing Alan Grant and the other humans and tried to eat them, but she reveals her true colors when she saves them from the velociraptors.
  • The Goblin King: Was a fearsome tyrant who ruled Halloween Land with an iron fist and struck fear into the hearts of its citizens, but later arrested Krudsky for betraying him and showed compassion towards his daughter, Fairy Princess Willow, Jack O'Lantern, and the Mystery, Inc. Gang.
  • Garfield: Was a spoiled and selfish cat and bullying Odie from jealousy, but revealing the angel within when he frees Odie from his cage and saves him from Happy Chapman.
  • The Guardian Knights: When woken up from centuries of stasis, they attempted to attack Cade Yeager and Vivian Wembly for "stealing" the Staff of Merlin and execute Optimus Prime for betraying their people. But when Cade activated the Talisman's weapon mode Excalibur, they recognized the struggling inventor as the prophesized "Last Knight" and aided the Autobots and their human allies in halting Megatron and Quintessa's machinations.
  • The Grinch: He started off as a mean loner who disliked Christmas, but his actions unexpectedly led him to become a compassionate friend to the citizens of Who-ville. In the live action, the only reason he hate Christmas is that he has been bullied by the mayor and later redeemed himself after knowing the true meaning of Christmas and letting Cindy Lou and his love interest Martha into his heart.
  • Boog: Boog started off being selfish and overconfident, but he let Beth and Elliot into his heart and became the hero of the forest, saving the animals from the wicked hunter Shaw.
  • Terminator (800 Series, Model 101): At first he works for Skynet by killing all humans who are still alive. But the Human Resistance manages to capture him and reprograms his computer, by heading back in time to the year 1995 to protect John Connor's younger self and Sarah Connor from the T-1000.
  • Tiger (An American Tail): He used to be part of the Mott Street Maulers (a mice-eating cat gangsters) led by Mr. Warren T. Rat (Cat), until he forgot to tell his old boss that he was a vegetarian cat.
  • Manny: Started off being a huge grumpy mammoth, but let his compassion win over him when he learned about his tragic past.
  • Diego: Used to be part of Soto's pack, to capture Roshan. But reforms joining Manny's side.
  • Xibalba: Seemed to be an arrogant and evil god towards Manolo and even his wife, La Muerte. But later on became a selfless and less mean god after Manolo defeated a giant bull by settling it down with a song. He even gave Manolo his life back, along with La Muerte and the Candle Maker, so he can save San Angel from Chakal and his army of bandits.

CartoonsEdit

  • Helga Pataki: For much of the series, she has been nothing more than a total bully towards Arnold as her way of hiding her true feelings for him until the second film, where her loyalty towards the football-headed boy in his mission to locate his missing parents opens his eyes to the depths of her feelings.
  • Squidward Tentacles: Most of the time, he's unfriendly towards SpongeBob SquarePants, but he also has a good heart.
  • Lapis Lazuli: Started out being hostile to Steven and Crystal Gems, but later became kind and loving after Steven heals her gem.
  • Peridot: Introduced as an enemy of the Crystal Gems and a subordinate of Yellow Diamond, but in the months helping them stop The Cluster, she has outgrown the hierarchical and utilitarian mindset of the Gem Homeworld and has learn to appreciate the value of friendship, individuality, and life on Earth to the point where she defects to the Crystal Gems by the second season finale.
  • Lars Barriga: Started as a jerk to Steven, but after being revived with Steven's tears, he becomes good and respectful to him and also becomes the leader of the Off-Colors.
  • Slash: Started out being cruel to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but redeemed himself and became leader of the Mighty Mutaniamls.
  • Lori Loud: Used to be a bossy and stern sister, but despite that she's a loving, caring, and kind sister to Lincoln and her younger sisters.
  • Stay Puft: He was initially created as a Destructor Form for Gozer, but in the years following the evil god's demise, Stay Puft as "evolved" into a separate entity altogether. He has also as become a valuable ally to the Ghostbusters, helping them combat massive and ferocious ghosts such as Murray the Mantis and The Phantom.
  • Syren (Extreme Ghostbusters): She originally stole the youth of mortals and gave them to Banshee as part of maintaining their happiness. But when Kylie Griffin revealed that she was merely a tool in Banshee's schemes, she later turned on her sister and returned the stolen youth before willingly surrendering to the Extreme Ghostbusters.
  • Gwen (Total Drama): She started as an outcast and a bully in the first few episodes of Total Drama Island, but later on she becomes more friendly to the other contestants.
  • Diamond Tiara: Started out picking on the Cutie Mark Crusaders along with her best friend Silver Spoon. But in "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" episode, she accepted the Cutie Mark Crusaders' friendship after they finally got their cutie marks.
  • Sunset Shimmer: She used to be a bad girl in the first My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic- Equestria Girls movie, but later turned good at the end.
  • Cindy Vortex: Was Jimmy Neutron's old arch girl rival. But in the last The Adventures Of Jimmy Neutron Boy Genius episode, "Lady Sings the News", she is now Jimmy Neutron's current girlfriend.
  • Ashi: Born one of seven high-trained assassins possessing the same powers as Aku, Ashi started out being hostile to Jack until she came to see the lies her master and mother have fed her through the samurai. In return, she helped Jack resume his quest to return to the past.
  • Shadow the Hedgehog (Sonic X): Started out as an antagonist to Sonic, but later turns good and becomes Sonic's ally after remembering Maria's promise.
  • Hi-Test: He was among a group of Mini-Cons genetically modified (and mindwiped) by Cyclonus and his armada that was sent to steal Decepticon Hunters from Bumblebee and his fellow Autobots Strongarm and Sideswipe as a means of freeing the Decepticon Soundwave from the Shadowzone. But after failing Soundwave, Hi-Test sought to right the atrocities he had made himself become a part of by helping Optimus Prime take down the Decepticon Mini-Con Laserbeak.
  • Cyberwarp: She was among a group of Decepticons masquerading as the Autobot High Council that plotted to bury the legacy of Optimus Prime and his Autobots, terrorize planet Earth, and restart the Decepticon Empire. However, believing that non-violent methods for ending the Great War and reuniting Cybertronians could exist, she turned her fellow Decepticons, especially Cyclonus, while in their combined form Galvatronus, thus allowing Bumblebee's Autobot team in their combined form Ultra Bee to take down Cyclonus' armada and restore order to their homeworld Cybertron.
  • Prince Zuko: He was Fire Lord Ozai's son and tried to impress him by capturing Aang and his friends. But later on he realizes his father is a cruel tyrant and joins up with Aang and the others to bring peace and honor back to the Fire Nation.

OthersEdit

  • Ebenezer Scrooge: Because of a haunted past, he started off being heartless and despising Christmas with every fiber of his being, but after being visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, learned his lesson and became kind and generous.
  • Ivor: At first was a vengeful maniac who created The Wither Storm in order for get revenge on The Order of The Stone, until he joined to Jesse to help defeat The Wither Storm.
  • Jetfire/Skyfire: Many incarnations of this character, especially in the Generation 1 cartoon and Revenge of the Fallen, used to be a member of the Decepticons, but he changed later sides with the Autobots.
  • Drift: Like Jetfire before him, incarnations of this character from the IDW Generation 1 comics, the live-action films, and "Aligned" continuity family, started out as a Decepticon named Deadlock who later defected to the Autobots, renaming himself Drift, when he saw that the Decepticons lacked honor.
  • Hanzo Hasashi/Scorpion: For most time was revengeful and ruthless revenant warrior servanting of Netherrealm, but after freed him he turn to good side of Earthrealm. 
  • Piccolo: He started out as an enemy to Goku and his friends in the Piccolo Jr. Saga of Dragon Ball, But during the Vegeta Saga of Dragon Ball Z, he becomes Goku's ally in order to help him rescue Goku's son, Gohan from his Saiyan-brother, Raditz.
  • Vegeta: He started out as an antagonist to the Z Fighters in the Vegeta Saga of Dragon Ball Z, But during the Frieza Saga, he becomes good and joins the Z Fighters.
  • Wario and Waluigi: They started out as enemies to Mario and his friends, But they eventually become good allies.
  • Zoe: She started off as a two-faced and entitled fame-seeker who has a desire to become rich after finding the treasure. But after she escapes from the volcano along with the others, she admitted her mistakes, apologized to Jeanette, and became a better and selfless person.
  • King Kong: Many incarnations start off as a hostile giant gorilla, but later shows a compassionate side when battling other monsters.
  • Godzilla: Like King Kong, many incarnations start off as a hostile giant mutant dino-monster, but later shows a compassionate side when battling other monsters.
  • Karone: She started out as an adversary to the Space Rangers and went by the name, Astronema, but later becomes good after reuniting with Andros and later takes Kendrix's place as the new Pink Galaxy Ranger after Kendrix's sacrifice in Power Rangers: Lost Galaxy.
  • The Undertaker: He was once a mean and manipulative wrestler who antagonizes people, but after he turns Face, he becomes a friendly, selfless and respectful person who shows respect to the wrestlers with his friendly side, then he married Michelle McCool and becomes a family with her.
  • Katherine Hillard: She started out as an antagonist to the Power Rangers after being selected by Rita Repulsa to do her evil bidding, but later becomes kind, lovely and friendly and joins the Rangers as she takes Kimberly's place as the new Pink Ranger and also becomes Tommy Oliver's current love interest.
  • Catwoman: She used to be a thief and an enemy to Batman until she has left her life of robbery and turned into an anti-heroine.
  • Android 21: She was originally the antagonist of the videogame of Dragon Ball FighterZ, Until she separated from her evil side and become sweet and kind to everyone and sacricied herself to save the universe.
  • Hades (Valkyrie Crusade): She was an antagonist to Oracle and her friends but she seeks redemption and help her to save Oracle.
  • Warren Peace: Was cold and an enemy to Will Stronghold until, he became more mellowed and help he and his friend to defeat Royal Pain.