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This will also be the first novel I have done under a pen name--Jessica Pack. The reason for the pen name is to differentiate this novel from my other novels, as this one has different content. While I hope many current fans of Josi S. The event runs from February 15th - March 8th and will include lots of opportunities to learn about some great new books, as well as the chance to win the grand prize: Click below to learn more about the event, and enter to win!
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Is that not awesome? Sadly she stopped at four kids, I was r. It's been awhile and I haven't given an update on how goes the writing for a really long time. I've got some exciting things happening, which makes now a good time: My third Regency Romance--The Vicar's Daughter--has just been released, people who pre-ordered have started receiving their copies. You can read the opening chapter on my website. It's a country regency, meaning it isn't dealing with London and titles and whatnot, and I really enjoyed writing this book.
Desk Job Health Tips. It's surprising how little you hear from writers about how to keep fit. Maybe that's cause we are busy brainstorming and writing and promoting and all that jazz, but it's something maybe we ought to talk about more. Cause writing requires a lot of sitting and a lot of sitting often ends up in bigger pant sizes and a myriad of potential healthy problems. For me, personally, fitness is a battle. I don't love exercise, I don't look forward to it, and I love food--mostly high calorie bad-for-me food.
The Benefit of a Bad Review. I was writing a new genre and I so wanted the reception to be a good one. But in the back of my mind was. In August I decided to act upon the advice I'd received from several practitioners and try yoga, like for real. I decided yoga classes in a year would be truly immersing myself into the practice. Healthy Lung Month--Heather's Story. I was contacted by Heather Von St. James and agreed to post about her story as part of Healthy Lung Month. Heather isn't the person you think of when you hear about Lung Cancer, she was in her thirties, she had a 3 month old baby and the specific cancer she had Mesothelioma, an aggressive cancer specifically caused by asbestos.
It didn't take long to realize where her exposure had come from; Heather's father was a miner, exposed to asbestos he inadvertently brought it home on his jacket which He. Thank you for joining me for the third and final post in the Writing Spaces Series.
I hope you had a chance to read about "Writing Spots" and "Writing Nooks. The proverbial man cave—a spare bedroom in the basement where I can seclude myself from the rest of the world in self-absorbed isolati. I hope you had the chance to check out the "Writing Spots" post--accounts from those writers who have found specific places amid home and family and work and life. This series is about slightly bigger spaces, the corner of a room, part of some larger area that they have carved out specifically for writing.
I asked them to share what works about their spaces and if there are any specific items that assist in their overall creativity and production. I hope you get as much out of their an. Early in my writing career I would get very hung up on doing things "Right. Was it scheduled time? Was it drafting long hand? Was it writing first thing in the morning? In a cabin in the mountains? Surely "Real" writers knew something I didn't know and if I could learn that key element, the writing would come easier, my laundry would fold itself, and I would be an instant bestsell.
I've been publishing for 16 years and over those years my readership has grown, but not moved far beyond the LDS market where I began. I have published 25 books with three publishers, negotiated my own contracts, and improved my writing. In a word, I have been successful at this writing stuff. I have never had an agent. The short answer to the question of "Why" is that the LDS market doesn't typically utilize agents.
Writers in the LDS market work directly wit. Some is advice I heard from others and followed, some we learned for ourselves. Get an app for the subway on your phone. People are nice and willing to help, just ask. What is "Listen To Your Mother? I had not heard of this event until a friend suggested I audition. I followed the link and read up on it, then watched some of last year's presentations, all of which are on youtube. I was impressed with the concept and began to work on an audition piece, but I still didn't feel like I fully "got it.
When it came my turn. What Does a Starred Review Mean? I'm not new to writing or traditional publishing, but with my newest book -A Heart Revealed - I am stepping into the national market for the first time. I've never had a book reviewed by the industry trade journals so I was anxious and eager and freaked-out and excited about how A Heart Revealed would be received by national critics.
Not every book submitted to publishing trade journals gets reviewed. Despite the fact that the Klingon Scientists Get No Respect , they may not believe this trope and choose to "rebel" in order to enable their peers to wear their hat. This trope's name comes from the oft- mis- quoted line from William Shakespeare 's Hamlet, "The lady doth protest too much, methinks.
That's the opposite of its modern western connotation, "dissent loudly", although it still occurs in "Protestant Christianty" and "to protest one's innocence". It could also work with the modern definition, in that they are protesting against Bob's behavior. All of the Other Reindeer is a variant of this. Square Race, Round Class is when the character's job not necessarily their personality contrasts with expectations of their species. Rogue Drone is an instance of this within a Hive Mind.
If Bob is seen as more admirable by outsiders for having rejected his hat, You Are a Credit to Your Race may be invoked. All the other Arrancars save for the occasional cherished fighting, and if it was for a goal or revenge, even the most levelheaded ones would go out for blood.
How Goku feels about the Saiyans. Thanks to being raised on Earth and his head injury, Goku is a softhearted, kind man, while the Saiyans wre ruthless Jerkasses who committed planetary genocide for profit. When Goku learned that he is a Saiyan, he initially denounced his race and wanted nothing to do with them. After the events of Namek, he does embrace his Saiyan heritage, although he makes a point to say that he's a Saiyan raised on Earth.
Dragon Ball Super has a perfect example with Zamasu. Zamasu, however, looks down on mortals, views them as Always Chaotic Evil , and ultimately embarks on a genocidal rampage against them in the belief that the universe would be better off without them and even goes so far as to murder all his fellow Kais to keep them from getting in his way. It's constantly stated that all Diclonii are genetically programmed to kill humans, but Nana is a Nice Girl and The Cutie.
Mewtwo defies the idea that all Pokemon are loyal to and share a bond with their trainers. He regarded his cruel treatment by Team Rocket as evidence that humans torture Pokemon for their amusement. Even his teammates Ekans and Koffing tell him Pokemon are never bad, only their trainers are. However, Meowth either never had or no longer has a trainer and still has no difficulty committing criminal acts.
He also hates the idea of being captured by a trainer with a few exceptions of humans he would have chosen to serve. One episode features a Rhydon, despite being a rock-type, enjoys swimming in lakes, rivers, and ponds. All the while doing so without being harmed by the waters. It still shown to be weak against water during a battle though. A reference to how it can learn "Surf" in the games.
The anime has very rarely featured Officer Jennys and Nurse Joys that have significant personality differences from the others, though it's been shown before all of them have very subtle differences.
Nobody in Damekko Doubutsu live up to their Animal Stereotypes even though they're humans wearing animal outfits. Unfortunately, his Half-Human Hybrid son embraced his evil legacy, killed both his parents and became one of Rom's most dangerous recurring enemies. Loki in The Mighty Thor. Frost Giants are mostly depicted as very big, very stupid, and typically Dumb Muscle.
Loki is, on the other hand, a Magnificent Bastard , a powerful sorcerer, and is usually shown as slightly shorter than Thor the horns on his helmet notwithstanding and pretty darn skinny. Loki plays this straight 9 times out of 10 the other times can be excused as Enemy Mine situations. White Martians are the aggressive warmongering cousins of the Green Martians, not unlike the relationship between Star Trek Romulans and Vulcans.
Miss Martian aka M'gann M'orz, looks just as fearsome as any other White Martian in her natural form, but she's a sweet girl at heart. Even the influence of her Bad Future evil self turned Enemy Within long story ultimately couldn't turn her evil.
Last Son of Earth , Krypton matches the modern depiction super-advanced but emotionally stilted, very Vulcan -esque , but Kal-El's free spirit, open mind, and drive to explore inspires his parents to embrace their emotions, donning Silver Age costumes and shedding their life-extending bio-suits on the grounds that a short, happy life is better than a stagnant eternity.
Sensitive Klegg is the one member of his species who defected because he doesn't like eating people. He's still shunned and nearly murdered by Mega City One citizens for his intimidating appearance. The Scientist left the Gods when he realized their flaws, and seeks to genuinely help humanity, despite being a God himself.
However, he abandons this when he gains the opportunity to destroy his Fathers and take their truly Godlike powers for himself, even boasting that he'll leave the Earth a lifeless rock. Fin Fang Foom, a longtime enemy of Iron Man , is a subversion. His people, the Makluans, are a race of colossal dragon-like creatures with amazing Super Strength , Voluntary Shapeshifting and Sufficiently Advanced Aliens technology that could almost be seen as magical by human standards.
They're also generally peaceful and good-natured, and are content to leave other races alone. Foom and some of his cohorts left their home planet because they were evil , and wanted to use their amazing power to enslave other planets and races. The denizens of Apokolips are Always Chaotic Evil , even the Lowlies - the oppressed slave cast of their world subjected to constant abuse that ends with death - are said to be just as corrupt as their masters.
Exceptions to this rule exist, such as Orion due to him being raised by someone far nobler , his wife Bekka born and raised in Apokolips and heroic in every way that counts and Big Barda groomed from young age to be a ruthless warrior for Darkseid's elite before she switched sides.
Darkseid's Parademons are typically mindless monsters with no free will of their own that obey their master without question. Though in very rare occasions, some Parademons develop their own sentience and turn become peaceful creatures that just want to be left alone such as "Mike" and 3g4.
She wants to destroy Breakworld and kill everyone on it, an action she perceives as a Mercy Kill. When the X-Men rightfully object to this, she immediately turns on them and tries to physically force Colossus to trigger the planet's self-destruct. She's also, unlike her canon counterpart , more empathetic , and hates what her species does and has made her do. In Shadows Of The Past Will says that while he doesn't hate humans like the rest of the Decepticons, he really doesn't care all that much about them outside of his immediate Earth family.
The Powers of Harmony: The Changeling Princess Pupa firmly believes that Changelings and ponies can live in peace, unlike her sister Chrysalis and the rest of their kind, who happily enslave and feed off of them. This is a common interpretation of changelings, that most of them are evil like Chrysalis, but there are some who just want to live like normal ponies and not eat the love of other ponies Consider this interpretation Ascended Fanon , as of the Season 6 Finale.
Calumn has an existential crisis about his identity as a changeling and what that means, but changelings do not seem to be Always Chaotic Evil in this My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic. Inteverted in RealityCheck's Nyxverse , it turns out that the majority of Changelings consider Chrysalis to be a rabble-rousing fool whose short-sighted attempt to conquer Equestria with a bunch of malcontent youths ruined the lives of those who were content to quietly hide among pony society.
In fact judging from Flitter and her parents they aren't even evil. In Pony POV Series , the Changelings aren't so much evil, as having a severe misunderstanding of what they're actually doing due to Fantastic Racism enforced by their queens. Ultimately, he takes advantage of the Alien Invasion to put himself in charge of whatever comes afterward since most of the species including the violent ones were wiped out.
In Crowns of the Kingdom , Hypatia is the one nice Dispiration, and she eventually convinces all the others to become nice. In Fairy Without Wings the mixed universe has the mindset that not all demons are evil and some want to coexist with humans. However, because demons are considered Always Chaotic Evil that's not a likely outcome to happen any time soon. Dark's race, the shadow demons, are explicitly stated to only exist to kill at the behest of their summoners.
Dark, however, is the exception. So what if I was born from hatred and fear? I never wanted to be evil. I never wanted to be a killer. The chronoflies were all stated to be a peaceful race who kept to themselves, but Falla is a sadistic , sociopathic Jerkass who views all other races as Pitiful Worms , wants power for power's sake , and doesn't give a damn about anyone who's not her , not even her own family.
Later when teamed-up with Red in the Fuchsia Tag Tournament , Red notes how Ash's Yanma only used physical attacks during their first battle, which is odd given that Yanma are usually more special attackers. Ash replied that he noticed while training his Yanma that it didn't seem to like special attacks very much, so he had it work with physical attacks instead. He admits to eating fish so he's more of a pescetarian. Lenny from Shark Tale pulls the same deal This leaves the mind boggling as to what, precisely, he does eat And then there are the sharks from Finding Nemo.
Apparently having a carnivorous animal eschew the consumption of the diet it requires to survive makes it more likeable. Chomper from The Land Before Time is the only sharptooth who is seen befriending leaf-eaters and is the only sharptooth who lives in the great valley.
As such, he prefers befriending leaf-eaters and generally doesn't associate with sharpteeth outside his family. In the film adaptation of Little Nemo: Adventures in Slumberland , the Oomps are a group of nice goblins who are outcasts in Nightmareland. In Ronal the Barbarian , the titular character is a weak, thin guy who's relatively reluctant to combat and related activities.
He comes from a tribe of super-strong barbarians whose favourite activities include combat, showing off muscles, training How to Train Your Dragon: This is more of a cultural example instead of species, but the principle is the same: Vikings are warriors obsessed with fighting and killing dragons. Hiccup, the protagonist, is a weak but smart kid that finds himself unable to do this. He can't fight the conventional way, so he builds a device to shoot at them.
It knocks The Dreaded Night Fury out of the sky, which leads to the rest of the plot. Odyssey Into the Mind's Eye features this with a factory full of hammers. Apparently, one hammer got tired of the same, stale rhythm and decided to bust out his own beat, turning himself into a red mallet in the process.
The other hammers realize this and pause just to deliver a Death Glare fairly impressive considering they don't even have faces. He is cowed into returning to the regular beat.
Until the end, whereupon he resumes his outlandish beat without any concern for what his fellow hammers think. This is a point of contrast between the title character and Steele. Balto is a Wolf-Dog, whose kind are reputed to be violent and unpredictable, but Balto is as good-hearted and heroic as dogs get.
Steele, on the other hand, is an Alaskan Malamute, whose kind are known to be on average, the friendliest dog breeds out there. Steele himself, however, is a selfish , vainglorious , and all around vicious mongrel. Jetfire also decides to defect: Tell me, is that robot civil war still going on? Well, I changed sides to the Autobots.
What do you mean, changed sides? It's an intensely personal decision. Who wants to live a life filled with hate? The Star Wars saga has always been pretty clear with its images of Mook Imperial Stormtroopers, what with them all wearing exactly the same suit which covers their entire body, predilection for marching in large groups, and their inability to hit anything farther than five centimetres in front of their faces.
Said Stormtrooper is to be named Finn, and becomes a major character in the film and provides the crucial data needed to take down the First Order's home base. Thousands of years ago, orcs were servants to an Evil Overlord except for one named Jirak , who would unite the Free Peoples against the dark lord. Despite an orc being the one to have saved the world, the other peoples would focus on orcs' actions as a whole, instead of just one exceptional individual that was the "good orc", resulting in thousands of years of their race being despised and discriminated.
In modern times, they are pretty much second-class citizens at least in Los Angeles and still treated as an Always Chaotic Evil , specially by humans and elves. Handwaved with very Hollywood Science in the book — all Psychlos except him are evil because they have a piece of metal in their brains that connects their desire nerves to their greed nerves Which makes "Goodboy"'s murder of their entire species another Designated Hero moment.
To be fair, he didn't know that all female Psychlos were sterilized before being sent offworld or that the bomb he sent to their planet would do more than take out the capitol city. Naturally, this shows up sometimes in the Star Trek Novel Verse. For example, two of the alien characters in the Star Trek novella series Starfleet Corps of Engineers fit the trope. The first is P8 Blue the Nasat, who likes to "shake things up" and have adventures, in contrast to the rest of the Nasats, who are typically super-cautious, conservative, and hate taking risks.
There's also Soloman the Bynar formally known as , who received his name after his mate died, and he refused to return home and take a new partner as expected. But the trope is averted with the third alien character, Tev, who is very much the stereotypical Tellarite.
This is noted by a human character, who in fact thinks Tev is the most stereotypical Tellarite he's ever encountered. Meanwhile, in Star Trek: Most Megarite females spend their lives sitting on beaches, doing little else, and consider travel to be "beneath" a female. Spring Rain On Still Water, though, prefers a more adventurous life, and believes her people's lack of interest in exploration or contact with offworlders is a dangerous trait in a culture.
She has in turn been condemned by her matriarchs for "lowering" herself. Dobby and Firenze in the Harry Potter series. Interestingly, in Dobby's case, you don't find out he follows this trope until two books later in Goblet of Fire , when you encounter some house-elves still wearing their Happiness in Slavery hats. Leads to some Blue and Orange Morality , because, for most house-elves, "freeing" them or even offering to pay them is cruelty, because it essentially means firing them from the job they love.
Firenze is nearly killed by his herd for dismissing their ideology and " betraying them " by accepting a paying position as a teacher from a wizard in Order of the Phoenix and is only saved by Hagrid's timely intervention.
Which also demonstrated the dangers of this trope — derailing or blurring the original concept: This will sound strange, I know, but I'm almost a bit saddened by the success of Drizzt. He was the "different" drow, but because of his popularity, others are emulating him more and more.
Why does that make me sad? I fear for the integrity of the evil drow race as antagonist. Drizzt's case later was partially self-deconstructed Dark Mirror. Also applicable to the surface-dwelling followers of Eilistraee , the only non-evil Drow deity. They convert "spider kissers", but it's not a "rebellion": Also, lots of ambiguousness ensued. They were pictured half as dangerous as other drow: In the War of the Spider Queen series, a few of the characters notably the wizard are set up to be possibly not-evil, but then spectacularly banish this notion by murdering friends and the like.
Pharaun Mizzrym betrayed out of fear and felt bad about it, so he doesn't quite fall out of implied Chaotic Neutral , and Ryld Argith stays as nice guy as he can afford to be, to the end.
Even so, neither character did jump out of the Drow ways. How to one-up Salvatore on this trope, in the same setting? How about orog paladin! Oh, and after he died, Queen Zaranda created the Loyal Order of Innocents dedicated to Torm and petitioned them to consider Shield of Innocence for a nomination as their patron saint.
One of the 3rd Edition rule books contained a succubus paladin. Which is actually Fridge Brilliance: One can find this reflecting different cultures of humans Alderaanians compared to Corellians as often as different species in Star Wars. For example, in the Expanded Universe , Winter Celchu a childhood friend of Leia's from famously-disarmed Alderaan quickly came to favor military action against the Empire and there had to be some Corellian actuaries.
Not to mention that in the EU, Alderaan only disarmed in the prior twenty years or so, making taking up arms once more fairly easy one story even has it that all their war materials were put on ships that could be called home assuming this was necessary. For a more conventional example, after the Battle of Endor, Twi'leks were tired of being seen as a species of scheming male traders and their female merchandise, and the strong warrior tradition of the species came to greater prominence as the warriors became more vocal.
Finally, it's noted that species that tend more strongly to the Planet of Hats like the Ithorians stay that way by kicking out troublemakers, so that members of the species encountered out in the galaxy are far more likely to be examples than those on the homeworld. Note that in Star Wars EU at least "Hats" tend to be treated more as cultural stereotypes, usually mildly to extremely offensive to the given race, depending on the nature of the race but not necessarily the accuracy of the stereotype - i.
Corellians, by and large, enjoy their reputation, while Voort SaBingring, the Gamorrean on Wraith Squadron, certainly does not enjoy his though he is forced to admit that the reason he escapes his species' hat is due to being biochemically altered.
Nat Secura is similarly shown to be distasteful of the attitude taken towards Twi'leks, as is Nolaa Tarkonaa though she fits the scheming stereotype to a T.
Blotus the Hutt subverted the "Ruthless Gangster" stereotype of the Hutts, by having served years as the Chancellor of the Republic, and is considered one of the most well-liked chancellors in its history.
Then again, this was years before the movies. Hell, there was even a Hutt Jedi once, though he fell to the Dark Side, so that's kind of iffy. During the New Jedi Order series, this was half of the point of the Edge of Victory duology - a chance to see a Yuuzhan Vong that wasn't a lunatic warrior. The books introduced Vua Rapuung an embittered and vengeful but honorable ex-warrior who'd been burned by a love affair gone sour , Nen Yim a Punch-Clock Villain with enough redeeming traits she probably would have been an outright heroine had she not been raised in a culture that had no problem with using sentient beings as lab rats and fleshed out the Shamed Ones, the Vong's oppressed slave caste who didn't give a damn about their superiors' genocidal ambitions.
Before that we had Nom Anor, who was every bit as evil as his colleagues, but evil of a completely different flavor- he was a self-serving, cowardly Manipulative Bastard in contrast to their violent fanaticism. The X-Wing Series invokes this more than once when it comes to Twi'leks.
When Rogue Squadron visits Ryloth on a diplomatic mission, they meet with representatives of both the merchant and warrior castes. The latter laments the fact that Twi'leks are viewed as traders at best and slaves or criminals at worst, and accuses the former of playing into galactic stereotypes.
Later, when a Twi'lek member of Rogue Squadron meets a fellow Twi'lek fighter pilot who had been a slave, she rebuffs his attempts at polite conversation, saying they had nothing in common. Introduced during the Legacy of the Force novels, Darth Vectivus is one of the very few if not the only Sith in the entirety of Star Wars history who was not a completely insane conquering despot.
A effective if ruthless businessman, he simply goes to the Sith, learns what they have to teach, works his way up to Sith Lord, and then goes right back to his old life without a hitch. The third, Romsca in Pearls of Lutra , also had to die for her chance at redemption although to be fair, the scene was moving.
Blaggut in The Bellmaker is the only named vermin character who had never seemed evil to begin with, probably because he wasn't bright enough to be a true threat. There were also all the surviving rats on the island in Marlfox. At least, they seemed pretty happy and content to live without weapons and evil rulers. Same thing seems to happen in Eulalia. Which also contains a hedgehog who starts out a spoiled kleptomaniac though he does reform and a downright rotten vole voles could go either way in the Redwall books-a previous vole character was entirely indifferent to others, spying on his fellow slaves for the villains.
Surprisingly averted in the fantasy novel Villains by Necessity. The near-extinct Nathauan race is known for their cruelty, rampant destruction, and penchant for eating any sentient race including their own. Valeriana, one of the protagonists, is from said race When she arrives and her power is questioned, she looses a fireball as a demonstration, with total disregard for anyone or anything in the way. She then treats the party as if she's an Evil Overlord and they her subjects, and after her weakness is exposed she only agrees to rein in her more extreme impulses because the fate of the world is slightly more important That said, it's shown that her kind were capable of love.
Over the course of the book he remains obsessed with justice and rather heavy-handed about delivering it, but he becomes less a Well-Intentioned Extremist version of the Old-Fashioned Copper , and more aware of how his definition of "justice" affects other people. He even develops a sense of humour. This has happened to several draconians in the Dragonlance setting, most notably Kang and his regiment.
Gnimsh the gnome is one as well. He's the only gnome whose inventions actually work, and because of that, he's reviled by other gnomes since he "sets back creative development by decades".
There are a few gnomes whose inventions work. They're known as thinker gnomes as opposed to the regular tinker gnomes , and they're sane. Regular gnomes are supposed to be cursed by Reorx. Similar are afflicted kender, the ones who survived Malystrx destroying Kendermore and now know fear. They are serious and not childish. Giants are a race of violent, evil brutes who grind their teeth with human bones , especially children's.
The BFG is the only good member of the race and is horrified at his cohorts' brutality and anthropophagy, which the other giants disown him for. In this case, the book implies this is because the particular character is more highly evolved than the rest of his race.
The Dragaera books have each "House" as a Planet of Hats , and in general, major characters are developed outside of their hat, or even contradict it. Teckla are supposed to be cowardly peasants, but in the novel Teckla , Vlad meets one who is a rather insufferable revolutionary. Athyra , which has a Teckla as the viewpoint character, suggests that Teckla only seem cowardly out of necessity, because they're at such a disadvantage to other Houses.
Dragons are known for being militaristic and ultra-ambitious, but Vlad's partner Kragar is totally unambitious. He's also so completely ignorable that it became impossible for him to actually command troops, forcing him out of the house altogether.
Animorphs has a number of these. Ax, coming from a race of proud, xenophobic warriors ends up adopting humanity as a sort of second race and questioning many of the things he was taught by his own people. The individual Taxxons and Yeerks that our heroes encounter and befriend have also taken off their hats , but that's more of a subversion of Always Chaotic Evil. As many of those Yeerks are quick to point out, if you get all of your initial information on what Yeerks are like from Andalites , then it may just be that some of that information is not entirely accurate.
The Hork-Bajir run on this trope. Initially they are given hints to a more gentle nature, but we only later find out that they those claws are for harvesting bark from trees, not killing animals, they are actually quite timid because their local ecosystem makes Australia look like a petting zoo and they had to be taught how to fight for their own freedom, though they were surprisingly fast learners and in that respect, and are so staunchly pro-freedom that they could put a freedom thumping American to shame they will gladly slice open their own skull and show you their Yeerk free brain if challenged on being a free Hork-Bajir.
Andalites turn out to be a bit of a subversion. It's the military that are the jerks. When they meet other civilian Andalites, they find they are much more decent people than the war Princes.
The Yeerks have an empire. Their leader is an Emperor. He's a democratically elected member of the council of 13 whose sole ruling power is to cast a vote when the other 12 members reach a deadlock. He doesn't vote unless and until such an event happens. And he's not allowed to tell the general public he is the Emperor, in part as a check on his power. Can't abuse your authority when it can be stripped if you let others know you have it, right. Rather than gracefully singing to plants, she works in a forge.
Where most elves are polite, reserved, and evasive, she's somewhat crude, loud, and honest. In a series with Elves vs. Dwarves in effect, she and Orik get along very well. In the third book, she states that she hates what the elves have become, comparing them to statues in how much emotion they show. A variant occurs in the novels. The Hapsburg family are easily the most solid antagonists of the series, most opposed to the changes brought by the Ring of Fire.
They are also known for being generally ignorant - perhaps alone among European rulers, King Philip IV of Spain makes little attempt to replicate up-time technologies. His brother Fernando, on the other hand, who was essentially the Spanish viceroy in the Low Countries, decides to crown himself King of the Spanish Lowlands, creating the Dutch Hapsburgs as a third branch of the family. He also arranges an unofficial peace with the USE. While he remains nominally a vassal of his elder brother, the Spanish Lowlands are effectively neutral, and he is working to the point that he will be able to openly oppose the Spanish Hapsburgs and the Austrians, although they will probably be busy dealing with the imminent Ottoman invasion.
Discworld Cheery Littlebottom, the Watch's forensic department, is part this. She doesn't like many traditional dwarf activities like quaffing, mining and singing about gold, and she certainly doesn't like the fact that traditional dwarves aren't supposed to say whether they're male or female. She wants to wear earrings and makeup and a skirt, though shaving her beard is still out of the question. Angua von Uberwald has rejected the usual life of a werewolf.
She lives in a city and works as a Watch officer. She's a strict vegetarian most of the time, and when she does find herself compelled to kill chickens, she always pays for them afterward. The League of Temperance is an organization of vampires who have sworn off "the B vord", and embraced a life of cheery sing-songs and delicious cocoa, oh my vord yes.
The Temperance League is modeled after drug rehabilitation groups like Alcoholics Anonymous. We are informed that most people find "reformed" vampires to be very weird, and we see plenty of evidence that this is so. Apparently the craving cannot be eliminated, only channeled, and usually it is with laser-like intensity. Most of them are the mindless Uul. A few have grown to a level of maturity and intelligence to become members of the ruling class called the Hij.
The Hij constantly seek out new prey for their hordes of Uul. Lawrence has striped coloring, unusual for a Grik, and is actually quite calm. He reveals that his people, the Tagranesi, who are of the same species as the Grik but are a different race. Unlike the Grik, the Tagranesi care for their young and teach them to be civilized and cooperative.
They peacefully interact with the New British Empire and have even learned to understand and speak to an extent English. They still hunt but only for food and to kill dangerous predators. They also defend themselves against other tribes. They also never engage in cannibalism and consider the thought repugnant, unlike their Grik cousins.
Daetrin Haal of The Madness Season does not like to identify with vampire cliches, to the point where he refuses to transform into a bat, even when trapped underground where echolocation would really help him get around.
During a number of flashbacks, he even has qualms against hunting humans for food, despite peer pressure from other immortals. A Divine Comedy stars Alex, a Pagan angel with no intention to serve this deity all the other angels insist he devote his entire life to. Rlain in The Stormlight Archive was the only Parshendi to defect to the side of the humans, and is quite possibly the only one left who hasn't evolved into a Voidbringer.
Tahart Ligo is a stock trader who exploits laws to avoid punishment for unlawful actions. In The Lion King book canon, hyenas are evil, except for one individual named Asante. She is portrayed as nice, smart, and good-natured. She saves Simba's son Kopa. He is a member of the Buru race, a species of vicious reptilian predators from the swamps of northern India that prey on humanity.
He's a Defector from Decadence and his actions are the only thing that save the heroes and Fairfield from the actions of The Collector and his army. In the Malazan Book of the Fallen , the Jaghut are an ancient Proud Scholar Race who view civilization as being inherently exploitive and corrupt they built a nation long ago; it didn't work out and mostly live as hermits to the point that other races typically consider them either mythical or extinct.
Every so often, however, a Jaghut would succumb to the lure of power and become a Jaghut Tyrant; being effectively immortal and immensely powerful mages, they would set themselves up as God Emperors among other races. Notable Tyrants include Raest and the Pannion Seer. Though very few Jaghut became Tyrants, the threat of them was considered so great that another ancient race, the T'lan Imass, dedicated their lives and undeath to exterminating the Jaghut just to be on the safe side.
They do try to be more civilized than regular Goblins and form bonds with humans Garen was even part of an Adventuring team, which was unheard of, and Rags plays regularly chess with other races In Carrera's Legions , High Admiral Robinson, while still a villain, is considerably more sympathetic than the other United Earth big shots, and much less blind to the villainy and colossal hypocrisy of his culture.
This is justified by the setting, since it's largely the malcontents of the elite classes who join the Peace Fleet to get away from the corrupt regime on Earth in the first place—or else, who get sent there , if they complain too much about things. Turn on my friends? Sure, if it's in my long-term interest.
Not turn on my friends? Sure, if I think it'll be useful for me to keep on their good side. Sacrifice my life to save the universe? Sure, if it makes me posthumously famous and gets my kids all kinds of breaks in life.
Interestingly, Gaheris Rhade, a Nietzschean in the series, was quite depressed at what a race of self-absorbed bastards his species turned out to be. In his own words, "Our people were meant to be living gods, warrior-poets who roamed the stars bringing civilization, not cowards and bullies who prey on the weak and kill each other for sport.
Apparently the religion was actually founded by one of his race, but very few of its members are. Much time in Babylon 5 was spent showcasing how all the seemingly hat-like races are really more several individuals than anything else well, at least the major races , meaning that this trope isn't really that applicable.
One big exception would be Vir, a Centauri who is pro-social reform and uninterested in status or advancement in society, while being genuinely interested in exchanging cultural ideas with other aliens.
He later becomes emperor of what is presumably a less asshatty Centauri Republic. The Centauri courtesan-slave Adira points out that not all Centauri engage in digging up dirt on others to gain leverage on friend and foe alike. Trakis—her master—points out that such people tend to be at the lower rungs of Centauri society. This trope apparently also applies to Kosh. It's mostly his words and actions that make the Vorlons appear as benevolent though enigmatic Starfish Aliens.
It later turns out that even though they appear to less advanced races in the form of "angels", they are not the forces of Good to oppose the Shadows' forces of Evil. Instead they are really just using the younger races to prove that their ideology of Order is superior to the Shadows ideology of Chaos, while not having any actual interest in the well-being of lesser creatures.
Kosh is the noticeable exception, as he constantly watches over people whom he believes to be important for the younger races to liberate themselves from the old ones, going so far as opposing his own government and sacrificing his life. Lyta comments after having Ulkesh in her head that she felt that unlike him, Kosh actually cared for the younger races. Word of God is that Ulkesh was a better example of your typical if such a word can be applied to them Vorlon.
Kosh was very much an outsider in his views on the younger races. If the Vorlons take no interest in the affairs of others, as Kosh pointed out early in the series, what sort of Vorlon would become an Ambassador? The Cylons in Battlestar Galactica don't necessarily stand in for communists, but still exhibit a fierce collectivism, at least until two Cylons Caprica Six and Boomer end up becoming celebrities of a sort prompting the other Cylons, or maybe just D'Anna, to try to box them , but of course that fails and ultimately leads to a cultural revolution away from total uniformity and utter hatred of humans, the two aspects of Cylon culture that Caprica and Boomer challenged.
Religion is a major element in the series, with the Cylons characterized by their faith in the One True God, while the Colonials worship the Lords of Kobol basically the Greek gods. However, Adama the military leader of the Colonials and Cavil arguably the Cylon leader are both atheists. Similarly, the Sagittaron "hat" is a more fundamentalist form of Colonial religion which also involves a rejection of modern medicine , but Dee, the most prominent Sagittaron character on the show, doesn't wear the hat.
In Doctor Who , the Cybermen are all emotionless, computer-controlled slaves She was already like a robot before she was Cybermanized though, so they might have just skipped a couple steps in her "upgrade. The Cult of Skaro has produced two of these. They are a select group of Daleks who exist to "imagine", to find new ways to assure that the Dalek race remains supreme. As such they have far more individuality than most Daleks, even their own names.
First Dalek Sec merged himself with a human , and found that even though the human in question was a bit of a bastard , he now feels empathy and knows that the Daleks are flawed. He intends to make them even more human than he has become, but is killed before doing so. Dalek Caan, on the other hand, is a pure Dalek who is driven mad and given the gift of prophecy when he flies unprotected through the time vortex. He sees the Daleks for what they are by observing their actions throughout time and space, and arranges for the almost destruction of the entire species to prevent them from destroying the universe.
The Doctor could be seen as one of these, as well. The Time Lords were described as being bureaucratic, self-important, deriding of all other species, and hesitant to interfere with the nature of time and accidentally cause a paradox. His motivation is largely that he's fed up of belonging to a species that nobody takes seriously; the Navarinos are seen as so harmless that the Time Lords never even bothered to stop them having time travel.
Inverted with the Slitheen. At first, the characters just assume the Slitheen are an evil alien race — then the aliens explain that Slitheen is not their race, it's their surname, and that they're merely a single, renegade family.
As far as anyone knows, the other Raxicoricofallapatorians are perfectly nice and normal. The Doctor at one point went on a tirade against the rest of the Time Lords, claiming that rather than fighting evil by exploring the rest of the universe he should have stayed behind and opposed the corruption that had become so prevalent among them.
Later still, we got an actual explanation, based on a piece of Applied Phlebotinum used by the Goa'uld, for why some of them become evil and others don't. Along with the fact that most of the Tok'ra are descended from a single queen who broke with the other Goa'uld in early days before they had become fully entrenched in their evil.
They've had a very few turnovers from the Goa'uld since, but none in the last few centuries. Subverted in season four when a Jaffa named Shau'nac insists she learned to communicate with her larval Goa'uld and teach it the error of its ways. The possibility that Goa'uld with the evil-inducing genetic memory could be converted to the side of good is an exciting prospect for the heroes This finally settles it for good: In Stargate Atlantis , the main characters run into a single good Wraith over the entire span of the show and the poor girl dies in that episode.
Todd may be a better example. He may be a magnificent bastard, but he's at least willing to try to work with humans for mutual benefit. The prime example would be the Klingons.
The Klingons talk a lot — an awful lot — about how they are a Proud Warrior Race , but virtually any actual Klingon you might meet is almost certainly little better than a street thug. The most famous Klingon, Worf, knows this better than anyone, and it really disappoints him, having idealized his species while growing up in the Federation—and particularly because, though he could show his emotions more freely, he is otherwise already there: Also true for various other species with Deep Dark Secrets.
They don't outright contradict their stereotype, but they're shown in a much more complete and complex light than they had been in TOS. Also used with one of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine 's recurring background characters, a Klingon restaurateur of all things who is overweight and loves to serenade his customers with Klingonese folk songs while playing an accordion-like instrument.
Not threatening at all. Most of the Klingons we saw before were from at least minor nobility-this is one of the only Klingon commoners we've met. In one of the Enterprise episodes, we meet a Klingon lawyer who laments that the warrior caste had pretty much taken over and bullied the rest of their civilization into being the one-note Proud Warrior Race Guy stereotype they're associated with. Another good example would be the Ferengi from Deep Space 9. As time went on, several of the more ridiculous aspects of their civilization particularly their treatment of women were discarded by various characters particularly Rom and Nog, the latter of whom eschewed a life of business for one in Starfleet.
This is most evident in the episode "Profit and Lace" where two Ferengi discuss the emancipation of women, pointing out the extremely obvious fact even more ridiculous when you consider the Ferengi's "hat" is rampant capitalism that allowing women to make money allows them to spend money, and opens up all manner of new industries and opportunities for profit creates more competition, though.
It also shows that the Ferengi-or any other culture-will change in their own time and their own way, not by having change forced on them from outside. The TNG episode "Suspicions" had a Ferengi scientist who notes that it's "almost a contradiction in terms" presumably in that he's part of a scientific community that shares findings with no worry about "profit"-Ferengi tech does seem to be up to par with Federation tech throughout TNG There was also a Klingon scientist in the same episode, who had the double stigma within her society of her profession and her gender, Klingon society being male-dominated.
Quark zig-zags on this trope. He is a Small Name, Big Ego who regularly claims to uphold and often does the Ferengi values of avarice and misogyny, yet he frequently runs into pangs of conscience that tell him to do otherwise like not screwing over his friends for latinum , or paying Pel to travel.
In the episode "The Magnificent Ferengi", we meet a Ferengi who finds more pleasure in fighting and hunting than in latinum. Quark and the others find him very strange for this, but they do acknowledge that he's a great warrior. The changelings in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine are fanatically obsessed with order. Having had bad experiences with fearful species, they turned to enslavement, brainwashing, and domination.
Odo was abandoned to infiltrate other species and learn their culture before instinctively returning to the homeworld. However, integrating into Bajoran society went horribly well and instead of wanting to dominate others, he devoted his entire life to justice.
When he finally does return to his homeworld, he is shocked to find the rest of his species to be oppressive dictators and instead stays with his friends to help them defend against being conquered. A strange example occurs in Star Trek: The Vulcans are characterized not only by logic and the silencing of emotion, but also by duplicity and paranoia, not unlike Romulans of earlier series. The Syrrannites are a rogue sect who strive towards the ideals of Surak, a legendary Vulcan pathfinder in that, if Vulcans bothered with religion, he would be their Moses.
The Vulcans in that series claimed to follow the teachings of Surak, but had "fallen", so to speak-they forgot what Surak had really stood for. T'Pol says that reading Surak's works were a life-changing experience for her. Same Vulcan problem, different series: Solok's anti-Sisko crusade, supposedly in the name of logic, bears an odd resemblance to the behavior of a schoolyard bully.
As many fans have noted, Solok's resemblance to the Enterprise -era Vulcans is far greater than to the more recent timeline-speaking incarnations. The issue with the Vulcans is primarily explained by Fanon and the various novels which assumed that Spock was a typical Vulcan, and that his statements of what Vulcans were like is unvarnished truth.
In reality, aside from Spock the Vulcans that were seen in The Original Series episode "Amok Time" demonstrated that Vulcans could be entirely duplicitous and exhibit jealousy and resentment as well as casually planning to have someone killed just to get what they wanted. In Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country Valeris was proven capable of deceit and murder, and assorted Vulcans in later shows also demonstrated Vulcans were far from perfect.
Spock is, in effect, equivalent to Worf in being a bit of an outsider who lives up to the ideals of what his people should be rather than what they actually are. Another strange example are the El-Aurians, Guinan's people.
Their hat is supposed to be that they're great listeners, but Guinan is the only example of this we've seen; the other two El-Aurians we've seen in major roles are Con Man Mazur from the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Rivals", whose ability to listen is an Informed Attribute it gets mentioned, but he doesn't come across as especially perceptive and Soran from Star Trek: Generations , who is far too busy being an Omnicidal Maniac.
Soran boasts of the El-Aurians' listening skills while practicing Cold-Blooded Torture on Geordi, so he himself may be unclear on the concept. The Cardassians are initially presented as the Planet of Secret Police, but as time goes on it's eventually revealed that they do have a history of democracy and political diversity to rival humans - they're just stuck in an ongoing cycle of poverty, dictatorship, military overspending And all of the Cardassians we meet for the first few seasons are from the military, which is coincidentally the only reliable way to get fed.
Imagine judging humans if the only country you landed in was North Korea. They end the series on another major disaster and it's left unclear whether the cycle will continue. Several episodes of DS9 involve Cardassians who are members of the Dissident Movement, an underground faction that's trying to move their culture away from a military dictatorship and towards democracy and social reform. He explains to another character that his choice wasn't because he supports the Federation over Cardassia, but because he knows that another war with the Federation would not be in Cardassia's best interests.
He also understands that while the Federation would never start such a war, there are many within his own government who would. Angel, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. All vampires are evil except for him, because his hat completely fell off when he got his soul back.
The same with Spike, although it took him quite a while to get into the real fight. Lorne, aka The Host, born in a demon dimension where humans are cattle , everyone is a deathly serious Proud Warrior Race Guy , and there is no music only dancing!
Lorne, on the other hand, hates fighting, loves humans, and has the power to read people's souls when they sing karaoke. Red Dwarf includes a rather bizarre example.
In the Series 6 episode Rimmerworld, Arnold crash lands on an alien planet and begins cloning himself in order to gain companions. Skip a few hundred years, and the planet's inhabitants wind up revering any and all Rimmer-like behavior, including cowardice, selfishness, and honest to goodness double-dealing two-facedness, with those who deviate from the norm being hunted down. Ironically, it's the original Rimmer who becomes an outcast because he's too un-Rimmer-like.
They tried to kill him, but he was saved by his Hard Light drive so they locked him up instead. After all, he was Dead All Along. They tend to look down on the human race. It was even implied that Clark Kent had been sent to Earth to conquer it. Naturally, Clark decides to Screw Destiny and protect the world, embracing his love and compassion. Clark later meets Dax-Ur, Raya, a clone of his mother Lara, and Kara, who think similarly the first three died, and Kara went to the future.
Played with in Supernatural with the demon Ruby. There are a lot of suggestions particularly in the third series that she has retained her humanity, particularly the capacity for empathy. Throughout the third and fourth series, the other characters bring this into question a lot. There's also the question of the Angel Castiel , particularly his unquestioning obedience and how disconnected he really is from human suffering.
Eventually Cas goes rogue from Heaven and begins to slowly Fall into a human, firmly joining the Winchester group of True Companions despite remaining a weirdo. Then he gets better, with new and improved powers. Then he goes slowly over the deep end while trying to lead the pro-human side of the Second War In Heaven, and eventually betrays everyone in the quest for enough power to end all this suffering, and declares A God Am I Ruby turns out to be a subversion, however, when it's revealed that she's actually The Mole , and the whole thing was an act to gain the Winchesters' particularly Sam's trust.
Meg is probably the least demony of all demons. Though still clearly evil and enjoys the pain of others, she is willing to work with the Winchesters for her own benefit even though killing them would effectively take the target off her back.
Most demons torture or kill without question, which is why most of them wear Red Shirts. Crowley seems better fit for human life as he is more civilized and always up for a good negotiation.
This makes him similar to Todd from Stargate: Atlantis or Ba'al from Stargate SG They're all bad but they at least give you time for a nice conversation before trying to kill you.
On Farscape , Scarrans are generally aggressive, tyrannical, and utterly ruthless He gets bridge-dropped in his second appearance.
While we don't see many Nebari during the show's run, what we do see suggests that Chiana was very atypical. The other Nebari are militaristic and devoted to the state, while she is a criminal and a trelk.