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Heroic Overview
Your tractors uprooted my tree, your posse hunted my family, your gunmen kidnapped my nephew, your rat insulted my wife, and you shot off my tail! I'm not leaving here without that necktie!
~ Mr. Fox standing up to Franklin Bean.

The stakes are reaching their highest, and it's time to kick some weasels' butts. In any story, there comes a time when the hero or heroine (or someone he or she loves) stands up to goons or scoundrels (thieves, con artists, robbers, corrupt officers, power-hungry viziers, or the villain's flunkies). The good guy can do this when:

  • Protecting someone he or she loves
  • Saving his true love
  • Exposing Evil Plans and Evidence
  • Saving a treasure
  • Realizing a shocking truth

Noteworthy ExamplesEdit

  • Disney/Pixar
    • Boo fights Randall Boggs to save Sulley before her hero brings the wicked monster to justice.
    • Sulley brings Randall Boggs to justice to save the factory and Boo.
    • Pongo and Perdita fight Cruella's goons Jasper and Horace to protect their puppies.
      • In the sequel, Thunderbolt uses his "death scene" act to distract Cruella into knocking Jasper and Horace out and incapacitating herself.
    • Radiator Springs residents fights Professor Zündapp's minions to save Mater and Lightning McQueen with Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell.
    • Robin Hood fights with Sheriff of Nottingham inside Prince John's burning castle.
  • Pepita brings down Ernesto de la Cruz, bringing the crook who murdered Héctor to justice after his crimes are exposed to his audience. She roars in his face, knocks him off the stage, carries him up in the air and throws him into a bell tower.
  • Tiana stands up to Dr. Facilier, motivated by her father's love.
  • Gosalyn Mallard fights Negaduck to save Darkwing Duck and Launchpad.
  • Prince Phillip and the three good fairies fight off Maleficent's goons and Diablo the raven as they escape her lair.
  • Perry the Platypus fights Dr. Heinz Doofenshmirtz in various episodes.
  • Karen Sympathy knocks Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale together, Bullwinkle rams Fearless Leader to his comrades, then Rocky ties the three villains together with cable wire.
  • Peter Rabbit and his friends fight Tommy Brock, Mr. Tod, and Mr. McGregor's cat, and sends the three villains rolling downhill.
  • Darkwing Duck fights various villains to save St. Canard.
  • 20th Century Fox/Blue Sky Studios
  • Gru stands up to Vector Perkins to save his daughters and Balthazar Bratt to defend his family.
  • Anna stands up to Prince Hans, berating him for his lies, then punches him over the side of the boat.
  • Fifi La Fume stands up to Johnny Pew, after find out that he is a selfish jerk, kicks him out of the theater.
  • Red Puckett stands up to Boingo after learning he is the Goody Bandit.
  • Mr. Fox stands up to Franklin Bean and his cronies to protect his family.
  • Others
  • Big Bob Pataki confronts Nick Vermicelli after realizing he was using him to get money.
  • Passepartout stands up to Inspector Fix to protect the Jade Buddha.
  • Davis Okoye stands up to Claire Wyden and, aided by George and Dr. Caldwell, brings her to justice.
  • Darkwing Duck fights Negaduck to rescue Morganna Macawbre
  • Jim Hawkins brings down Scroop to rescue himself avenge Mr. Arrow.
  • Darkwing Duck fights Taurus Bulba's henchmen Hammerhead Hannigan, Hoof and Mouth and brings Taurus down to rescue Gosalyn Waddlemeyer.
  • Cornelius stands up to Grundel to win Thumbelina's love.
  • Gohan stands up to his Uncle Raditz for hurting his father Goku.
  • Sunset Shimmer standing up to the Dazzlings.
  • Lou Lou Who standing up to Mayor Augustus Maywho after he harshly scolded his daughter, Cindy Lou for letting the Grinch steal everything on Christmas.
  • Anime
  • Izuku Midoria standing to Muscular after he tries to hurt Kota.

QuotesEdit

(Miguel reaches for Imelda's petal, but suddenly, Ernesto grabs him by his hood!) (Ernesto: You're not going anywhere!) (Imelda lunges at him, but the fiend knocks her to the floor!) (Héctor: Imelda!) (Ernesto, dragging Miguel to the edge of the roof: Stand back! All of you! Stay back! Not one more step!) ((Miguel is like a pirate captive about to walk the plank. Dante tries to save him, but with little luck.) Dante! (Ernesto tosses Miguel aside.) (Héctor: Ernesto, stop!) (A gold shimmer rushes through Héctor, and he falls to the ground) (Héctor: Leave the boy alone!) (Ernesto turns around to face Héctor.) (Ernesto: I've worked too hard, Héctor! Too hard to let him destroy everything!) (Miguel's Tia Rosita points a television camera at Ernesto. Rosita looks at Tia Victora, who presses a button on a nearby control board) (Héctor: He's a living child, Ernesto!) (Ernesto furiously points to Miguel.) (Ernesto, his fury knowing no bounds: He's a threat!) (In the stadium, Ernesto holding Miguel captive is cast onto the screens. The crowd watch the broadcast, speechless.) (Ernesto, to Héctor: You think I'd let him go back to the Land of the Living with your photo? To keep your memory alive? No!) You're a coward! (Ernesto marches towards Miguel) (Ernesto: I am Ernesto de la Cruz, the greatest musician of all time!) (Miguel stands up and faces Ernesto) (bravely) Héctor's the REAL musician! You're just the guy who MURDERED him and stole his songs! (Back in the stadium, the crowd gasps in shock when they hear this.) (Male audience member: 'Murdered?') (Ernesto grabs Miguel) (Ernesto: I'm the one whose willing to do whatever it takes to seize my moment! Whatever it takes!) (Ernesto remorselessly throws Miguel over the edge. Miguel screams as he falls.) (Except for Héctor, Imelda & the deceased Riveras run towards the edge) (Héctor: NO!) (Back in the stadium, the crowd gasp and scream with horror.) (Imelda: No!) (Ernesto begins to walk to the stage.) (Ernesto, slyly: Apologies, old friend, but the show must go on.) (Miguel continues to plummet to the ground. Dante flies down clamps his teeth down on Miguel's shirt, but it's no use. The wind blows Héctor's photo out of Miguel's hands; he falls toward the ground, but Pepita swoops down and saves him! The photo falls into the water. Ernesto slicks back his hair and walks to the stage in triumph.) (Ernesto: Ha-HA!) (Instead of cheering, the crowd begins booing him, much to Ernesto's shock.) (Ernesto, with a nervous laugh: Please, mi familia!) (Man: MURDERER!) (Woman: GET OFF THE STAGE!) (Ernesto, to the conductor: A one, a two and - ) (The angry conductor breaks his baton in two.) (Ernesto, beginning to sing: Remember me, though I have to say goodbye - ) (The crowd pelts Ernesto with food.) (Ernesto: Hey!) (As they do, an audience member points to the view screen.) (Audience member: Look!) (Pepita sets Miguel down. As his family embraces him, Pepita walks toward Ernesto, her eyes burning with anger, looming over him like a fire-breathing dragon. Ernesto chuckles nervously as Pepita, growling, advances on him.) (Ernesto: Nice kitty.) (Pepita roars with rage, tosses him into the air, and snatches him up in her talons! Ernesto screams in terror.) (Ernesto: Put me down! No! Stop!) (Mariachi music is playing as Pepita carries the wicked musician across the area. She throws up into the air and swats him with her paws, sending him tumbling into an enormous bell tower!) (Ernesto: NO! NO! AAAAAAAAA!) (BONGGGG! Ernesto slams into the bell and tumbles to the floor. He looks up and gives out a gasp. With a mighty crash, the bell falls down on Ernesto, crushing him and echoing his previous death. The crowd goes wild!) (Audience Member 2: What did I miss?)
~ Miguel Rivera standing up to Ernesto de la Cruz and exposing his crimes to his audience.
(Big Bob notices Nick Vermicelli trying to sneak away. With a ferocious growl, he charges like a bull and slams him against a car.) Where are you going, pipsqueak? (Nick: Hey, Bob, I'll make it up to you. I'll buy you breakfast, we can talk, they have a special - AAAAAH!) (Bob won't have any of it and gives the scoundrel who cheated him a mighty punch.)
~ Big Bob Pataki getting his revenge on Nick Vermicelli for attempting to double-cross him.
(Ray and Emma enter a Ford F-150.) (Emma: Looks like it's been stolen.) Yeah, well, we'll steal it again. (begins hot-wiring the car. Suddenly, he feels a gun on the back of his head and stops. Slowly, he moves out of the car and stands up.) (Emma: Ray...) Easy. (turns around and finds the gunman behind him.) (Gunman: I'm gonna need that truck.) (Ray knocks him out in two good punches.) Not today.
~ Ray Gaines subduing and carjacking a gunman.
(Davis: GEORGE!) (Kate lunges at Claire, grabbing her arm and knocking the gun out of her hands.) (Claire: GET AWAY FROM ME! GET YOUR HANDS OFF ME!) (George puts in the air a mighty roar.) (Claire: What the hell are you doing?!) (Kate places the serum in Claire's purse; the wicked businesswoman's eyes grow wide with surprise.) (Claire: Wha -?) Feeding the monster to the gorilla! (With a mighty blow, Kate fells Claire with a solid punch in the nose, knocking her backward. Slowly, George's beefy hand closes around the evil woman, who yowls in terror as George lifts her into the air and opens his mouth. Then, he releases his grip and drops the Claire into his gaping maw, swallowing her and the serum in a single bite.) (Claire, as she tumbles into George's mouth: Oh, S*&T!!!!) (Roaring with rage and triumph, he smashes the antenna used to attract the monsters.)
~ Kate Caldwell putting Claire Wyden in her place.
Listen close, you little punk. When I get in there, you are in for a world of pain!
~ Gru standing up to Vector to save his adopted daughters.
(As soon as the R.L.S. Legacy's lights go back on, Jim Hawkins' backs through the inside of the ship, laser flintlock in hand and eyes wide. Behind him, Scroop looms above the boy like a phantom. Suddenly, Morph pops out of a pipe, notices this and squeaks in terror, then turns himself into a hand and jabs two fingers in the pirate's eyes! Scroop yowls and, with a growl of rage, knocks Jim down with one arm. Before Jim can reach for his gun, the fiend pins him to the steel grating.) (B.E.N., pulling out a plug: This has gotta be cannons.) (Little does he know, he's deactivated the ship's gravity!) (B.E.N.: Maybe not.) (As the two of them float through the air, Jim gives Scroop a sharp kick, sending him crashing through the deck. He tries reaching for his gun and Scroop swings a claw at him like a dagger. Thinking fast, Jim grabs the pirate flag, holding on for dear life. With a sinister chuckle, Scroop climbs up the mast. Jim notices his pistol floating next to him and tries to grab it.) Come on, come on, come on! (It's too late, as the gun is floating away from his grasp.) No! (Scroop, snickering: Oh, yes.) (He begins to saw the rope holding the flag.) (Scroop: Do say hello to Mr. Arrow.) (Jim grabs hold of the mast. With a bloodcurdling snarl, Scroop lunges at him one last time.) TELL HIM YOURSELF! (Jim kicks Scroop into the flag, causing the rope to break. As it does, the wicked alien gives out a long, horrible cry as he is sucked away into space.)
~ Jim Hawkins taking out Scroop to save himself and avenge Mr. Arrow's death.
(Sulley finally makes it to the door where Randall is holding Boo and opens it.) (Boo, excited to see her hero: Kitty!) Boo! (Suddenly, Randall lunges and knocks him to the edge of the door. Sulley hangs dangerously over the depths as Randall stands over him, leering with evil triumph.) (Randall: Look at everyone's favorite scarer now! You stupid, pathetic waste!) (He stomps on Sulley's paw, which falls off the ledge.) (Boo begins to cry.) (Randall: You've been Number One for too long, Sullivan! Now your time is up!) (As Randall begins to push Sulley to his doom, a look of rage comes across Boo's face.) (Randall, with an evil grin: And DON'T worry, I'll take GOOD care of the kid.) No! (Suddenly, Boo pounces on Randall, grabbing him by his head fronds. Randall yowls in pain. Boo continues yanking on his fronds as Sulley climbs into the room. She clobbers Randall with a baseball bat, causing him to turn various colors, until Sulley grabs him around the throat.) (Boo: Rahr! Rahrrr!) She's not scared of you anymore.) (Boo: RAHRRRR!) Looks like you're out of a job. (Randall gulps.)
~ Sulley bringing Randall Boggs to justice.
We meet at last, Mr. Toad!
~ Cornelius standing up to Grundel to save Thumbelina.
That was my photograph! (Everyone in the theater watch in shock) I cannot believe you! (Johnny Pew: Yep. Well, I am pretty unbelievable.) (Fifi grabs Johnny in anger.) You are nothing but a selfish, worthless, waste of skunk! You, monsieur Pew, STINK! (Fifi kicks Johnny hard and smashes him out of the theater with everyone cheering.)
~ Fifi La Fume stands up to Johnny Pew, after finding out that he is a selfish jerk, kicks him out of the theater.
(On the boat, Hans groans and rubs his sore jaw. Kristoff prepares to lunge at him, but Anna holds him back.) Ah-ah-ah-ah. (She calmly walks over to the wicked prince.) (Hans, surprised: Anna? But she froze your heart.) The only frozen heart around here is yours.) (Anna begins to walk away, but then whirls around and punches Hans in the face, causing him to tumble over the side of the boat.)
~ Princess Anna standing up to Prince Hans for his treachery.
(On the train, Passepartout is heating up water in a teapot.) How to make English tea. Precisely 96 degrees. (The water touches his hand.) Ooh. (The door opens and Inspector Fix walks in.) (Inspector Fix: Pardon me, sir.) (Just then, he runs back in, realizing who he came across.) (Inspector Fix: Fogg's valet!) (He notices the Jade Buddha, looking at it with greedy eyes.) (Inspector Fix: The Jade Buddha!) This is not a jade buddha. (Inspector Fix: Oh, yes it is!) You're right. But I'm not a valet. (Inspector Fix: Oh, really?) (Fix pulls out a pair of handcuffs, but his hand slams against a lamp. Faster than you can say "Earl Grey," Passepartout grabs the teapot and tosses the boiling water on Fix's privates!) (Inspector Fix: OWWWWWW!) (Passepartout slams the door on his face. Fix stumbles into the hallway, clutching his broken, bleeding nose.) (Inspector Fix: Me bloody nose!) (He pounds on the door in rage.) (Inspector Fix: Let me in! You're gonna pay for scorching me willy!) (He flings open the door, scanning the room and the open window. His eyes turn to Passepartout, who is hiding on a shelf. Fix laughs maliciously.) (Inspector Fix: Now I gotcha.) (Suddenly, Passepartout knocks some pots and pans down in defense. One of them slams on Fix's toes, a tray on his hand, and the cunning cop slips on one of the skillets, tumbling out the window.) (Inspector Fix, as Passepartout grabs his socks: You're under arrest!) (Fix falls out the window.)
~ Passpartout standing up to Inspector Fix to protect the sacred Jade Buddha.
(Jon and Liz confront Happy Chapman. Chapman, dazed from his brawl with Garfield and Odie gets to his feet. (Happy Chapman, dizzily: Be happy.) This is for stealing my dog and my cat! (punches Chapman in the face, sending him to the floor)
~ Jon Arbuckle punching Happy Chapman in the face for stealing his pets.
(Flings fly off the plate with his left foot) Fly at twelve o'clock! (Le Frog's army of henchfrogs: Huh?) (Fly: Oh, bother.)
~ Roddy distracting Le Frog's henchfrogs into getting their tongues tied with the fly he flung off the plate.
(All of the Whos in Whoville wake up on Christmas morning, seeing that everything is stolen by the Grinch) (Mayor Augustus Maywho: Well, I wonder who could have done this. I'll tell you people one thing: Invite the Grinch, destroy Christmas. (angrily pounds his bed like a spoiled child, which startles the crowd) INVITE THE GRINCH, DESTROY CHRISTMAS!!! (calms down for a bit, but resumes his anger) But did anyone listen to me?) (Mayor's assistant: I did.) (Mayor Augustus Maywho: No. You choose to listen to a little not-to-be-taken-seriously girl! Who hasn't even grown into her nose yet. Cindy, I hope you're very proud of what you've done.) (The crowd stares in silent at the Mayor's outburst. Lou Lou Who is deeply offended at the Mayor's harsh treatment towards his daughter. Mayor Maywho waves his finger at Cindy in disappointment. Cindy sulks sadly and slowly begins to cry until her father walks up to her side) (Lou Lou Who: If she isn't, I am! I'm glad he took the presents.) (The crowd gasps) (Mayor Augustus Maywho: What?!) (Lou Lou Who: Well, uh, well, I'm, I'm glad.) (Mayor Augustus Maywho: He's glad. You're glad. You're glad that everything is, is gone. You're glad that the Grinch virtually wrecked, no, not wrecked, pulverized Christmas. Is that what I'm hearing from you, Lou?) (Lou Lou Who: You can't hurt Christmas, Mr. Mayor. Because it isn't about the gifts or the contests or the fancy lights. That's what Cindy's been trying to tell everyone. (Cindy smiles happily at her father) And me. She's been trying to telling me.) (Mayor Augustus Maywho: What is wrong with you?! This is a child!) (Lou Lou Who: She's my child. And she happens to be right, by the way. (Soon, the crowd begins to understand what Cindy had been trying to convey and they all smile) l don't need anything more for Christmas than this right here, my family. Merry Christmas, everybody!) (Everyone begins hugging each other and wishing one another a Merry Christmas.) (Betty Lou Who: Merry Christmas, you hunk of burning who!) (Betty and Lou share a kiss. Mayor Maywho is not entirely amused at what he's seeing around him.) (Mayor Augustus Maywho: Oh, give me a break.)
~ Lou Lou Who standing up to Mayor Augustus Maywho after he harshly scolded his daughter, Cindy Lou for letting the Grinch steal everything on Christmas.
[Aunt Sponge and Aunt Spiker arrive in New York all covered in seaweed and salt water.] (Aunt Sponge: Hello, little angel) (Aunt Spiker: So kind of you to look after our little lost lamb.) (Cop: Who are you?) (Aunt Spiker: We are the boy's legal guardians.) (Aunt Sponge: We've missed him so much.) (Aunt Spiker: So we'll be taking him home now.) (Aunt Sponge: And the peach, of course. We're taking that as well.) (Cop: Well, wait a minute. Back up. You mean to tell me that this thing is a peach?) (Aunt Spiker: It's not a peach. It's our peach.) (Aunt Sponge: Our peach.) (Aunt Spiker: Show him, Spongy.) (Aunt Sponge: Yes. [shows the cop a picture of them with the giant peach]) (Cop: Looks like its their peach all right.) (Aunt Spiker: Yes! Yes, and we're very proud of it.) (Aunt Sponge: We're going to be in the record book.) It's not their peach! The old man gave the green things to me! That's what made it grow! (Aunt Sponge: How dare you disagree with us!) (Aunt Spiker: Patience, sister. Remember his... condition.) (Cop: His condition?) (Aunt Sponge: He's a chronic liar.) (Aunt Spiker: Sad, really. He needs his treatment.) (Aunt Sponge: Well, that's why we're here; to bring him home. So, you come here with us. Hey, Lovey!) [Spiker and Sponge maliciously try to get to James but he climbs up to the truck to get away.] I'm not the one who's lying. They are! (Aunt Spiker: As you can see, Officer, it is urgent that you release him to us immediately.) (Old man: LET THE BOY SPEAK!) [The crowd utters in agreement.] (Cop: All right, all right, all right! Let's get to the bottom of this! This thing is a peach. Now, all right. I'll buy that. Now, does someone wanna tell me how it got here?) We attached it to a hundred seagulls. (Aunt Spiker: Seagulls? [laughs]) That's what happened! Me and Miss Spider and the Centipede and the Old Green Grasshopper. (Aunt Sponge: [laughs] I think he's gone mad.) (Aunt Spiker: This is all something he dreamed up.) Well, maybe it started that way, as a dream, but didn't everything? Those buildings, these lights, this whole city! Somebody had to dream about it first, and maybe that's what I did. I dreamed about coming here, but then I did it! (Aunt Spiker: The poor boy needs his medicine. Yes. So, we'll just take him.) (Aunt Sponge: And the peach.) (Aunt Spiker: Back to our cozy little house on the hill. Come along. You're going home with us.) No, I'm not. (Aunt Spiker: What did you say?) I said, "No, I'm not!" I hate that house and that cold room and how I was always hungry. (Aunt Spiker: All right, that's enough!) And how you beat me! [The crowd gasps] (Aunt Sponge: He's lying!) (Woman: They beat him up?!) (Boy: They beat him?) And told me I was nothing!! (Spiker and Sponge: Shut up! Shut up! Shut up!) No, not this time! I flew the giant peach across the ocean. I landed on top of the tallest building in the world. I made it! I'm not the one who's nothing, you are! And I'm never going back with you! Not me and not the peach! (Aunt Spiker: How dare you speak to us this way!) [The aunts pick up some axes and attack James, until the bugs come to his rescue]
~ James Henry Trotter standing up to his aunts and reveal their cruel and abusive behavior towards him to the citizens of New York City.
(Giles Winslow: Oh, great. Our lovely beaches rammed with hoi poloy and their grammaphones and bottles of cider...) (Old Man Winslow: Now, now, hold on Giles.) (Giles Winslow: Father please, this is clearly codswallop.) Well you would say that wouldn't you Giles. (Giles Winslow: And why is that?) Because you're a woozle (Winnie the Pooh: So that's what a woozle looks like. (Madalene Robin signals Pooh to keep quiet) (Giles Winslow: What the devil is a woozle?) A woozle is a slinking little monster who gets everyone else to do his work for him, and hopes we forget about the things we love, our families, our dear friends, the people whom we love. Well we're here to tell you, I'm here to tell you, that we're not afraid of heffalumps and woozles anymore! (Giles Winslow: Dear lord, he has lost his marbles.) (Old Man Winslow: Has he? Let's address the heffalump in the room shall we. What were you doing this weekend Giles?) (Giles Winslow: Me? I told you I was working... (Giles pulls his handkerchief out of his pocket only for a golf ball to come out too.) (Old Man Winslow: Well I've not heard of a woozle before, but from the sound of things you are one!)
~ Christopher Robin standing up to his tyrannical boss Giles Winslow
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