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    Troublemaker Hero
    Troublemaker Hero (1).jpg
    Gender: Anyone
    Type: A hero who is prone to causing mischief but has a good heart and a moral code.
    Species: Trope
    Status: Very used
    Media of origin: Countless


    A troublemaker hero is a protagonist who is either mischievous, rebellious, or unruly. This type of hero may not believe in following rules declared by society, but still commits acts of heroism, albeit by following their own moral codes.

    Why This Trope Is Not So Naughty

    1. Similar to tricksters, they seek opportunities to extend their curiosity about the world around them and gain new knowledge and wisdom in the process.
      • In fact, many fictional heroes and heroines are rule-breakers. This is not a coincidence, as many of them go into the unknown and explore. They take risks, not least the risk of social disapproval.
    2. This trope adds both comedy and badassery to the characters' personalities with their mischievousness, rebelliousness, inquisitiveness as well as hilarious schemes and shenanigans, with a fair amount of bravery.
      • Their antics can be entertaining to watch, as they are often the source of conflict, which is what the hero uses to drive the story.
    3. They reflect on the fact that we all make make mistakes. What matters is that we learn from them. As a result, they teach the audience valuable lessons to take to heart.
    4. They inspire the audience to stand out, think for themselves, be independent, question the ways of society, take risks and have the courage to stand up for what they believe in, even when it is not expected of them.
    5. Like anti-heroes and idiot heroes, troublemaker heroes can be easy to relate to, as there are people who don't enjoy conforming to the norm or following rules outside of their own, so they identify with the protagonist's desire to live a life without doing what is expected of them.

    The Only Bad Quality

    1. Sometimes, the troublemaker hero's antics can be annoying and unfunny.

    Examples of well-written troublemaker heroes

    • Ace Ventura
    • Aladdin [A former thief who gets by through trickery]
    • Alvin Seville [Being the leader who comes up with mischievous schemes]
    • Andy Larkin (What's With Andy?)
    • Axel Foley (Beverly Hills Cop)
    • Bart Simpson
    • Bilko
    • Bloo (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends) [He was a jerk with a heart of gold during the first season]
    • Bugs Bunny
    • The Cat in the Hat (except the 2003 live action film) [A fun cat who likes to have fun and cause trouble, but has a good heart for his friends and does clean up his messes and learn from his mistakes]
    • Columbo
    • Cricket Green
    • Cuphead (video games)
    • Curious George [A monkey who extends his curiousity through mischievous means, albeit unintentionally]
    • Dan (Dan Vs.)
    • Deadpool
    • The Doctor (Doctor Who)
    • Ellie (The Last of Us)
    • Eren Yeager (Attack on Titan; Pre-Return to Shiganshina)
    • Felix O'Neill (Expelled) [Being the school's resident prankster]
    • Ferris Bueller [A popular teen rebel who skips school to have adventures]
    • Gabi Braun (Attack on Titan)
    • Gary Goodspeed (Final Space) [mostly in season 1]
    • Gelatin (BFDIA 1-IDFB 1; BFB 17-present) [He is known for being a troublesome yet lovable scamp]
    • Gintoki Sakata (Gintama)
    • Gumball and Darwin Watterson [mostly in Season 1]
    • Huckleberry Finn
    • Inosuke Hashibara (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
    • Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
    • Captain Jack Sparrow
    • Jimmy Hopkins (Bully)
    • Junpei Iori (Persona 3)
    • Kenan and Kel
    • Kevin McCallister
    • Louis Stevens (Even Stevens)
    • Malcolm Wilkerson (Malcolm in the Middle) [A teen genius who, like his brothers, has a mischievous and rebellious streak.]
    • The Marx Brothers
    • Max Keeble
    • Maxeeno Manervolkan (Wildman Maxeeno) [A mischievous, rebellious yet kindhearted delinquent.]
    • Megamind
    • Minori Kushieda (Toradora!)
    • Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece) [A pirate]
    • Naruto Uzumaki [Formerly a prankster]
    • Nate Wright
    • Number Six (The Prisoner)
    • Peter Pan
    • Pingu
    • Horrid Henry
    • Pippi Longstocking
    • Rafe Khatchadorian (Middle School)
    • Ryuji Sakamoto (Persona 5)
    • Scamp (Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure) [Lady and Tramp's mischievous and rebellious son who wants to be wild and free.]
    • Sonic the Hedgehog [A hedgehog who is also a smart-alecky, thrill-seeking trickster]
    • SpongeBob SquarePants [An optimistic fun-loving sea-sponge]
    • Squirrel Girl
    • T.J. Dettweiler (Recess)
    • Taiga Aisaka (Toradora!)
    • Tom Sawyer
    • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air)
    • Yakko, Wakko and Dot Warner (Animaniacs)
    • Yosuke Hanamura (Persona 4)
    • Yusuke Urameshi (Yu Yu Hakusho) [Being a juvenile delinquent]
    • Zack Morris (Saved by the Bell)

    Examples of poorly-written troublemaker heroes

    • Bloo (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends seasons 2-6)
    • Brennan Huff (Step Brothers)
    • The Cat in the Hat (2003 version)
    • Cuphead (The Cuphead Show!; somewhat)
    • Dale Huff (Step Brothers)
    • Davey Stone (Eight Crazy Nights)
    • Gelatin (BFB 1-16) [he was flanderized into an absolute troublemaker and hellion who causes even more trouble than he already did)
    • Herman (Herman & Katnip)
    • Junior Healy (Problem Child)
    • Johnny Test [he was flanderized to become a bland and generic spoiled brat that we all know and hate today]

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