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23rd Jul '17 11:51:00 AM Discar
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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'': This comes up in the Dom Atlantis arc, when a foreign power is attacking a city to make it look like Earth is undergoing a civil war. Kathryn can't figure out how they expect to win; eventually the army arrives, and the heroes win. Mako bluntly says that Kathryn isn't monstrous enough to think of the simple answer--the enemy is going to overload the city's reactor, killing themselves, the heroes, the civilians, and all evidence that the attack was anything other than a civil war.
-->'''Murtaugh:''' You're a monster.\\
'''Mako:''' ''[resigned]'' I never get tired of being told that.

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9th Jul '17 10:05:45 AM creader
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCondor'', Tony has a hard time believing that his own cousin Reuben is a Jerkass unrepentant gangster. Even after [[spoiler:Reuben sabotaged his skateboard and later cooperated with Taipan to ''set fire to Tony's house'']], Tony ''still'' thinks he can "save" Reuben and extends an olive branch. After Reuben angrily rejects him, Sammi gently explains to Tony that he can only save Reuben if Reuben ''wants'' to be saved.



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheCondor'', Tony has a hard time believing that his own cousin Reuben is a Jerkass unrepentant gangster. Even after [[spoiler:Reuben sabotaged his skateboard and later cooperated with Taipan to ''set fire to Tony's house'']], Tony ''still'' thinks he can "save" Reuben and extends an olive branch. After Reuben angrily rejects him, Sammi gently explains to Tony that he can only save Reuben if Reuben ''wants'' to be saved.
18th Jun '17 6:42:38 PM plcthecd
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* Wander from ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' [[ZigZaggingTrope goes both ways]], with the title character being aware that evil beings exists but still doesn't stop him from attempting to befriend them anyway. Even though later on, he comes to terms that some villains like Dr. Screwball and Lord Dominator aren't worth befriending. In the latter's case, Wander is insistent in the second season finale [[spoiler: in reforming Dominator, despite his full attempts, he finally gave up after Sylvia persuades him to stop.]]

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* Wander from ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' [[ZigZaggingTrope goes both ways]], ways]] with this trope, with the title character being aware that evil beings exists but that still doesn't stop him from attempting to befriend them anyway. Even though later on, he comes to terms that some villains like Dr. Screwball and Lord Dominator aren't worth befriending. In the latter's case, Wander is insistent in the second season finale [[spoiler: in reforming Dominator, despite his full attempts, he finally gave up after Sylvia persuades him to stop.]]
18th Jun '17 12:57:24 AM Nintendoman01
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* ''FanFic/FireEmblemFatesAftermath'': Corrin agrees to a duel with Jiro in chapter 14, expecting him to adhere to Hoshidan honor and accept his defeat. He's proven wrong when, after he wins, Jiro [[spoiler:impales Corrin with a wyrmsbane lance the second he turns his back, sending him into a coma for two months and nearly killing him. When he awakens in chapter 15,]] Azura calls him out on it, stating he ''has'' to accept that [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids not everyone is as good-hearted as he thinks]].
10th Jun '17 9:50:33 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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Whether Alice is [[GenreSavvy right]] or [[WrongGenreSavvy not]] depends on the work's placement on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism. In an idealistic show, this attitude could very possibly lead to a HeelFaceTurn. In a cynical one, expect her death to be the very thing to push the villain over the MoralEventHorizon.

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Whether Alice is [[GenreSavvy right]] right or [[WrongGenreSavvy not]] depends on the work's placement on the SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism. In an idealistic show, this attitude could very possibly lead to a HeelFaceTurn. In a cynical one, expect her death to be the very thing to push the villain over the MoralEventHorizon.
8th Jun '17 6:43:02 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012'': In "New Girl in Town," Leo repeatedly insists that Karai isn't as evil as she appears and believes there must be some good in her. He realizes otherwise in "The Alien Agenda" when Karai meddles with Kraang tech, accidentally creates a monstrous [[EldritchAbomination super-mutant]], and then abandons the Turtles to clean up her mess, all while [[SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids mocking Leo to his face for trusting her]].
-->'''Leo''': I trusted you!\\
'''Karai''': I know! That's messed up, right?
3rd Jun '17 7:34:32 PM Nintendoman01
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* ''Manga/DragonBall'': Goku frequently underestimates just how evil some people can be, and is all too willing to give them a LastSecondChance when he has them at his mercy. For example, he falls for Raditz's [[VillainsWantMercy pleas for mercy]] and grants it to him, only for Raditz to knock him down and mercilessly break his ribs; all the while, Goku is absolutely ''shocked'' that Raditz lied. He also spared Frieza's life ''twice'' out of a misguided act of mercy, and both times, Frieza used it to his advantage and tried to stab him in the back. He ''does'' get better over time, realizing that Cell and Majin Buu were beyond redemption and actively trying to kill them.

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Goku frequently underestimates just how evil some people can be, and is all too willing to give them a LastSecondChance when he has them at his mercy. For example, he falls for Raditz's [[VillainsWantMercy pleas for mercy]] and grants it to him, only for Raditz to knock him down and mercilessly break his ribs; all the while, Goku is absolutely ''shocked'' that Raditz lied. He also spared Frieza's life ''twice'' out of a misguided act of mercy, and both times, Frieza used it to his advantage and tried to stab him in the back. He ''does'' get better over time, realizing that Cell and Majin Buu were beyond redemption and actively trying to kill them.them.
** In the Future Trunks Saga of ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'', this is Gowasu's primary problem. He underestimates Zamasu's [[FantasticRacism hatred of]] [[HumansAreBastards mortals]] because of Zamasu's pure heart and strong sense of justice, failing to realize until it's almost too late that in Zamasu's case, PureIsNotGood. Even when he discovers Zamasu's true colors and how far gone he is, Gowasu still thinks that [[spoiler:he can reason with Goku Black and Future Zamasu and get them to stop their rampage]]. This almost gets him killed.



24th May '17 1:10:11 AM The_Cosmic_Troper
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* True to the [[WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse show]], Steven in ''Fanfic/ATriangleInTheStars'' can't grasp the fact that someone can be truly, thoroughly evil, and believes there's a reason behind everything. [[spoiler: He's right.]]
19th May '17 2:10:58 PM MikeW
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* In the trilogy ''Literature/LosingChristina'' Christina tries in vain to get the adults in her town to realize the seemingly kind-hearted Shevvingtons are a pair of twisted monsters who play games to destroy innocent lives. It takes the Shevvingtons claiming Christina is acting out from the long-term abuse of her parents for the friends of the family to realize something is wrong. At the book's climax, they basically apologize to Christina and admit that they just didn't want to face the fact that "we invited a pair of sociopaths into our town."
15th May '17 7:24:35 AM Fireblood
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* Almost deconstructed in ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity''. After the forces of darkness have been entirely wiped out, heroes swarm the world brainwashing evil-doers and driving monsters to extinction. The fact that the world ''needs'' evil to exist (and will literally cease to be without it) is something none of them can understand, and the book's group of villain protagonists are forced to fight against them until the end.

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* Almost deconstructed in ''Literature/VillainsByNecessity''. After the forces of darkness have been all but entirely wiped out, heroes swarm the world brainwashing evil-doers and driving monsters to extinction. The fact that the world ''needs'' evil to exist (and will literally cease to be without it) is something that none of them can understand, and the book's group of villain protagonists are forced to fight against them until the end.
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