(Moses: I've never done anything in my life worth honoring.) First you rescue Tzipporah from Egypt, and then you defend my younger daughters from brigands. You think that is "nothing?" It seems you don't know what is worthy of honor.
~ Jethro reminding Moses that he rescued his daughters and should be proud of his actions.

Sometimes, in many a story, the hero or heroine does something he or she doesn't know is wonderful. In other words, the protagonist is unaware that his or her actions have attracted positive attention or made him or her a hero. This is not to be confused with Negativity Turned Positivity, and, just as an antagonist can be defeated by the power he obtains, is one of the must unpredictable moments in a story.

Examples Edit

  • Paddington Bear notices a man run off after he dropped his wallet and goes after him. What he doesn't know is that the man is a wallet thief, and Paddington unexpectedly catches the robber, attracting positive attention from the press and the Brown Family.
  • Moses knows he hasn't done anything worth looking up to, but receives unexpected praise from Jethro after helping Tzipporah escape Egypt and rescuing his younger daughters from bandits.
  • Harry Potter goes after Draco Malfoy after he swipes a trinket from a student. When he finally gets it back, Professor McGonagall calls him to his office. It seems Harry is in trouble, but she unexpectedly praises him for his skill and promotes him to Quiddich.
  • Thomas believes Sir Topham Hatt is going to scold him yet again after the former caused several incidents that made the latter furious, but this time, he is proud of Thomas for stopping Sailor John.

Quotes Edit

I've heard a great deal about you, Fa Mulan. You stole your father's armor, ran away from home, impersonated a soldier, deceived your commanding officer, dishonored the Chinese Army, destroyed my palace, and... you have saved us all.
~ The Emperor of China listing Mulan's dishonorable actions, before praising her for saving him and all of China from the Huns.

(Narrator: The next morning, Sailor John was picked up by the police.) (Policeman: Hello, hello, hello, what have we got here?) (Sailor John: But I'm innocent, I tell you!) (Policeman: Ah, tell that to the judge.) (Narrator: He was placed under arrest.) (Sailor John: You've got the wrong pirate!) (Narrator: And Thomas was rescued by Rocky.) (Rocky lifts Thomas out of the water and onto the flatbed, and facing Sir Thopham Hatt) I am so sorry, Sir. It's all my fault. I know it is. I-- (Sir Topham Hatt: Thomas, there's nothing to be sorry about. I'm proud of you. Ryan told me everything. And I know you did your best to stop that pirate getting away.) But...I wasn't quick enough to save the treasure, Sir. (Sir Topham Hatt: Ohhoho. Please don't worry about the treasure, Thomas. My engines are much more important to me than any treasure. And you, Thomas, are my Number One.) (Thomas beams with pride and sees his number is shown to be back.)
~ Thomas believes Sir Topham Hatt is going to scold him yet again after several incidents caused by the former which made the latter furious, but this time, he is proud of Thomas for stopping Sailor John.

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