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    Troublemaker Hero
    Gender: Anyone
    Type: Mischievous yet Good-Hearted Role Models
    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 moral codes.

    Why This Trope Is Not So Naughty

    1. Similar to guile heroes, they seek opportunities to extend their curiosity about the world around them and gain new knowledge and wisdom in the process.
    2. Many fictional heroes and heroines are rule-breakers. This is no coincidence and no exception, as many of them do so to go into the unknown and explore. So they take risks, not least the risk of social disapproval.
    3. This trope adds both comedy and badassery to the characters' playful personalities with their mischievousness, rebelliousness, and inquisitiveness, as well as coming up with hilarious schemes and shenanigans, with a fair amount of bravery.
      • Their troublemaking antics can be entertaining to watch, as they are often the source of conflict and also the cause for creating memorable scenes with their antics, which is what the hero uses to drive the story.
    4. They reflect on the fact that we all make mistakes, no matter how extreme or minor. What matters is that we learn from them. As a result, they teach the audience valuable lessons to take to heart and know when we shouldn't go too far with our decisions.
    5. 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.
    6. 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 heroes' antics can be considered to be annoying, unfunny, or even tiresome at times.

    Examples of well-written troublemaker heroes

    • 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?)
    • Aurora Sya Lis "Suya" Goodereste/Syalis Kaymin (Sleepy Princess in the Demon Castle)
    • Axel Foley (Beverly Hills Cop)
    • Bart Simpson (a iconic prankster "trickster hero" who knows how to prank his principal and loves messing with his dad; who's a iconic idiot hero)
    • Beavis and Butt-head (Being dimwits who cause trouble and havoc with their idiocy while being immature jokesters as well).
    • Bloo (Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends; when he was a jerk with a heart of gold who loves pulling pranks on Mac's brother and was more of a trickster hero who could cause trouble towards his enemies during the first season instead of being a complete "troublemaker")
    • Bugs Bunny (As a trickster hero, he is very iconic for being a nusiance to people who antagonize him, and being a icon of trickery, his mischievous antics are usually warranted when villains come to antagonize him)
    • Bonkers (Raw Toonage/Bonkers; a accident-prone version of the trope by causing some trouble with his clumsiness and insanity, but with good intentions of course)
    • Bowser Junior (SuperMarioLogan, pre-late-2019; Once being a hilariously stupid troublemaker but had good-hearted qualities, before he got flanderized into being a obnoxiously moronic jerk with a selfish and greedy streak)
    • The Cat in the Hat (Except for the 2003 live-action film being a obnoxious "hero", he was once an fun-loving cat who likes to have fun and cause some trouble in the house, but still has a good heart for his friends and does clean up his messes and learns from his mistakes)
    • Crash (Crash and Bernstein; On top of being a idiot hero, he is also known for being extremely mischievous and cause trouble and havoc by breaking things and being unruly, all while being fully aware of how "annoying" other people see him as, and still willing to do good things for Wyatt like helping him or defeating bad guys)
    • Cricket Green (Big City Greens; While more of a naive optimist than a only troublemaker, his troublemaking tendencies were shown when he was seen scamming people, and causing property damage on top of showing mischievous, egocentric or greedy moments, while most of the time he often refuses to listen to authority whatsoever, but he does subvert this trope since he begins to mature over time)
    • Cuphead (video games; showing some mischievous moments like)
    • Curious George (A monkey who extends his curiosity through mischievous means, albeit unintentionally and naively)
    • Daffy Duck (Depending on the episode/series, he is always shown to be an anti-hero who's causing trouble all the time because of being absolutely crazy and a shameless jerk, so it's a given that he's seen as a troublemaker for his egocentric, unhinged, overdramatic and greedy qualities. But despite him being a complete jerk and a reckless troublemaker, he did do some good things like saving the universe, saving a diseased dog's life one time, and serves as a cosmic protagonist who stops Marvin the Martian from destroying the Earth very often.)
    • Deadpool (Marvel; While being more of a sassy and goofy "trickster self-aware superhero mercenary" whose weirdness and insanity causes trouble anywhere where he does cause some trouble to the X Men at times by generally being a goofball, he still remains as aspiring superhero)
    • Dennis the Menace (Dennis the Menace (UK Version)) [One of the earliest examples as well as the defining tropes.]
    • The Doctor (Doctor Who; Being a English eccentric doctor whose inventions caused trouble, but subverts his troublesome qualities)
    • Eren Yeager (Attack on Titan, Pre-Return to Shiganshina; Due to going through a villainous time as a war criminal, he gave his family members trauma, tormented Grisha, turned multiple people into mindless Titans, and committed mass genocide, but he does subvert these qualites and becoming heroic, he counts as a anti-heroic "villain turned hero" version of the trope.)
    • Felix O'Neill (Expelled; Being the school's resident prankster who pulls tricks and pranks on people, but does have good-hearted qualities that makes him heroic)
    • Ferris Bueller (A iconic "trickster hero" version of the trope, who is a popular teen rebel who skips school and slack off with some manipulative means to have adventures with his friends, but does serve as a charismatic anti-hero overall)
    • Gary Goodspeed (Final Space; Mostly in season 1 when he risks himself a lot over cookies. beating up KVN as well as attempting to have him sacrificed, but it's still shown that his mischievous, jerkish and arrogant moments come from coping with the loss of his father and is still willing to protect the universe)
    • Gelatin (BFDIA 1-IDFB 1; BFB 19-present; who is known for being a comic relief who was a troublesome yet lovable scamp, who despite tending to push off his teammates for no reason and getting W.O.A.H. Bunch up for elimination, since he still cares about his teammates and is shown to be loyal and kind)
    • Gumball and Darwin Watterson (The Amazing World of Gumball; Mostly in Season 1 when the two were a duo of troublemakers whose reckless decisions often caused trouble and havoc in the school, Gumball being a egocentric moron whose stupidity causes havoc a lot before he got smarter over time, and Darwin having his fair share of moments with being devious and underhanded at times, which is not helping by the fact that the two are both mischievous as well)
    • Inosuke Hashibara (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba)
    • Jack Skellington (The Nightmare Before Christmas; while more misguided and naive than a nusiance, but he did cause trouble for Halloween Town when he was gone, and did scare people in the real world as a part of his mischief)
    • Captain Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Carribean; being a "trickster hero" who will cause trouble and dismay onto his enemies)
    • Jimmy Hopkins (Bully; being a juvenile deliquent who causes trouble by villainous means but still had some anti-heroic traits to him)
    • Katsuki Bakugo (My Hero Academia; A reformed short-tempered bully rival superhero version of the trope who did cause dismay onto Izuku by bullying him relentlessly, put himself at risk because of the Sludge Villain, and likes getting too competitive with other students to boost up his ego and anger, but still remains as a anti-hero for showing selfless actions despite being grumpy, irritable and a jerk)
    • Kenan and Kel
    • Kevin McCallister (Home Alone; An iconic "trickster hero" who was known for doing some misdeeds like pulling tons of over-the-top pranks on Harry and Marv, has shoplifted one time, used his parents' credit cards multiple times in the first two movies, started a fight that made his uncle call him a "jerk", but still has kind-hearted actions due to being the most underappreciated kid of the family, and has heroic qualities that helps us root for him in the first movie and to some extent, the sequel)
    • Malcolm Wilkerson (Malcolm in the Middle; A teen genius who, much like his brothers, has a mischievous and rebellious streak but has a heroic aspect of his personality and his actions.)
    • The Marx Brothers
    • Max Keeble ( Max Keeble's Big Move; Being a rebellious and anti-heroic kid who is very iconic and well known for pulling countless pranks on his enemies, started a rivalry towards Lord Commander for out of hatred before realizing what was wrong about that, did some vandalizing and breaking with entering, and was shown to be selfish and hedonistic at times like when he ditched Megan and Robe's going-away party to hang out with her and the popular school kids at their expense, but still has good-hearted traits and moments like saving several animals from getting bulldozed by Jindraike)
    • Maxeeno Manervolkan (Wildman Maxeeno; A mischievous, rebellious yet kindhearted delinquent with a thrill for adventure.)
    • Megamind (Who was once a supervillain who took over a city and wasn't too kind to his sidekick Minion, but was still having good-hearted qualities and redeemed himself as a villain)
    • Metal Bat (One Punch Man; a short-tempered deliquent who, while in a thug gang, still gets himself into trouble by taking on many threats while his sister is worried sick about him, but he remains undeniably heroic)
    • Minori Kushieda (Toradora!; Having moments of nearly leading her friendships into sour taste, but still remains as kind-hearted, compassionate and is nevertheless a good person.)
    • Monkey D. Luffy (One Piece; A anti-heroic pirate version of the trope who tends to take risks to create different futures, has risked releasing some of the most dangerous criminals in the world for rescuing someone, and had made several bad decisions which at times endangered his crew because of his idiocy and recklessness, but he does remain heroic at heart.)
    • Naruto Uzumaki (Formerly a prankster, but was always proven to be selfless and kind-hearted as a fighter)
    • Nate Wright (big NATE; In similar veins to Calvin from Calvin & Hobbies, his egocentric nature and risk-taking tendencies led to some humiliating moments, but still remains as a anti-hero who is given heroic qualites for us to root for)
    • Peter Pan (A iconic and famous "trickster hero" from the books and the Disney adaptation, who had shown him to be mischievous, free-spirited and somewhat childish, but still remains selfless and willing to fight Captain Hook for heroic purposes)
    • Pingu (Being a playful troublemaker who serves a hero for "slice of life" stories within a slapstick nature)
    • Horrid Henry (A titular troublemaker rebellious kid who despite causing havoc, rebel a lot and loving to pull pranks, he still remains as heroic and sympathetic)
    • Red & Yellow (Larva; A duo of catepilliars whose ridiculous behaviors always cause havoc in every season of the show, including Larva Island, but they both are given heroic qualities, as well as kind-hearted, sympathetic, heartfelt and humanizing moments that makes them heroes, such as fighting against the mouse Grey, a power-hungry predatory rat villain ever since Season 2)
    • Rhino (Bolt; a comic-relief sidekick who's incredibly devoted to Bolt to the point of being mischievous sometimes, but was always willing to help Bolt fight any foe alike due to knowing Bolt very well in his "superhero" persona)
    • Ryuji Sakamoto (Persona 5; Has mischievous tendencies as a rebellious student of a high school, but is nevertheless a heroic and selfless person)
    • Scamp (Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure); Lady and Tramp's mischievous and rebellious son who wants to be wild and free, but has no harmful intentions and is a noble character who just likes to play around.)
    • Screwball Squirrel ( A titular anti-hero who loves pulling pranks on Meathead the Dog and act as a sadist with how much trouble he caused and how many tricks he pulls on Meathead, but did have heroic moments like when he allowed himself to be bait of a tribe to feed, and is a protagonist in his own show in the 1990s)
    • Sheen Estevez (Jimmy Neutron Movie and TV series; While moreof a scatterbrained goofball than a nusiance, his idiocy throughout the series does cause trouble and havoc at times, and his villainous, super-intelligent and hegemonic alter-ego made him terrorize Metroville even though Sheen didn't to)
    • Shrek (SuperMarioLogan: a lazy manchild cheesecake-addict version of the trope, one who clogs toliets all the time, bosses Mario around and causes trouble because of his stupidity and insanity, he does have anti-heroic moments here and there)
    • Sonic the Hedgehog (A rebellious, cocky hedgehog who is also a smart-alecky, thrill-seeking trickster who, despite causing some trouble in Sonic Adventure 2 and Sonic Lost World, still has a complete heroic demeanor and is always willing to do what's right)
    • Sonic T. Junior (SuperSonicJoseph; A mischievous kid who obsesses about video games, loves pulling pranks on Eggman to annoy him, and once tortured Fartdog by shoving a sword up his ass, but he always acts as a supporter to Sonic, his team and is willing to do heroic deeds despite being a hedonistic and rascally kid)
    • SpongeBob SquarePants (An optimistic fun-loving sea-sponge whose naivety and quirkness nearly caused villains to succeed such as Plankton, his obliviousness annoying Plankton very often, his clumsiness sometimes causing dismay to Bikini Bottom and being too much of a intrusive neighbor towards the more sympathetic Squidward, but is overall a kind-hearted person.
    • Taiga Aisaka (Toradora!; with how hot-headed and edgy she is, Taiga is a good kid at heart.)
    • Will Smith (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; An rebellious slacker and a wisecracking goofball "trickster anti-hero" who loves pulling pranks on Carlton and teasing him about his size on top of being a lustful womanizer, but remains suave, supportive and was willing to do something as heroic as saving Carlton from being shot by a bank robber and defeating a violent thug at college.)
    • Wario (Super Mario; A greedy, money-loving jerk who likes sabotaging the sports games as a rival, but did several heroic things and saved multiple people a couple of times)
    • Yakko, Wakko and Dot Warner (Animaniacs; A trio of zany wacky characters who despite causing trouble and havoc in a cartoony world, has shown to be caring and heroic several times)
    • Yosuke Hanamura (Persona 4; A mischievous comic relief who did stuff like making fun of Kanji or get in fights with the other members of the Investigation Team such as Chie, but he has shown to be selfless and did many great things such as helping the Investigation Team in saving the lives of others and even helping save Marie's life.)
    • Yusuke Urameshi (Yu Yu Hakusho) (Being a juvenile delinquent who is nevertheless a selfless hero in his role as a paranormal investigator)

    Examples of poorly-written troublemaker heroes

    • Gelatin (BFB 1-16) [He was flanderized into an absolute troublemaker and hellion who causes even more trouble than he already did)
    • Neito Monoma (My Hero Academia; An selfish rival version of the trope for being a obsessing rival who stirred up trouble in a academy of superheroes to spite a whole class of superheroes he is envious of).
    • Johnny Test (2005, seasons 4-6); he was flanderized to become a bland and generic spoiled brat that many people all know and hate today)


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