History Main / HeelRealization

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*** After spending years in prison after the Equalists' defeat, [[spoiler:Hiroshi Sato]] finally realizes that he let his obsession with revenge for his wife ruin everything he still had left in life, knowing that Asami will not forgive him but asks for it anyway. After some consideration, Asami decided to give him a chance, finally getting to forgive him before his HeroicSacrifice.
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* In ''Videogame/Persona5'', those who have their hearts stolen by the Phantom Thieves will eventually be overcome by immense guilt and feel an intense desire to atone for their crimes. For the major targets (all of whom are people of high status in society), this usually results in them publicly confessing their crimes and begging the people for forgiveness.
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* [[TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Ulfric Stormcloak]] has one while in Sovngarde, the Nord equivalent of Valhalla. Despite his best intentions, the rebellion he lead gifted Alduin the World Eater with a surfeit of souls to devour and played right into the hands of his hated enemies the Thalmor. They had used him as an unwitting agent to weaken the Empire through civil war, distracting them from the bigger threat of the Thalmor themselves.
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* In [[http://archiveofourown.org/works/11846955?view_full_work=true this]] ''Film/TheHobbit'' fanfic, Dís (who has unsuccessfully tried to duel Tauriel ''to the death'' at this point) realizes what she has done when Tauriel gets misogynist hate mail from other dwarves, and Bilbo points out those dwarves must have assumed Dís would ''approve'' of their actions, due to her treatment of Tauriel.
31st Aug '17 10:14:42 PM Linda58
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** Richard Woolsey in the episode "Inauguration", beginning his long journey to becoming one of the heroes and ultimately a regular on ''Series/StargateAtlantis''.

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** Richard Woolsey in the episode "Inauguration", beginning his long journey to becoming one of the heroes and ultimately a regular on ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Downplayed in that he was never truly a villain, but he realized he was working ''with'' a villain
6th Aug '17 3:44:35 PM DuelMark
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** ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'': [[spoiler:Jarrod]] starts to rebel against Dai Shi's evil influence near the end of the series, but Dai Shi tells [[spoiler:Jarrod]] that the reason he choose him to be his host is because he has the strength of a lion, but not the heart. He saw no goodness or nobility in Jarrod. The shock of this hits him hard that [[spoiler:until convinced otherwise, after being freed from Dai Shi, he goes into self exile because he feels he doesn't deserve redemption]].

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** ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'': [[spoiler:Jarrod]] starts to rebel against Dai Shi's evil influence near the end of the series, but Dai Shi tells [[spoiler:Jarrod]] that the reason he choose him to be his host is because he has the strength of a lion, but not the heart. He saw no goodness or nobility in Jarrod.[[spoiler:Jarrod]]. The shock of this hits him hard that [[spoiler:until convinced otherwise, after being freed from Dai Shi, he goes into self exile because he feels he doesn't deserve redemption]].
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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'': Ransik realizes his obsession with destroying humanity has gone to far when [[spoiler:he accidently harms his daughter when she rescues a baby. The shock of losing the only person he loves convinces him to turn himself in]].
** ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'': [[spoiler:Jarrod]] starts to rebel against Dai Shi's evil influence near the end of the series, but Dai Shi tells [[spoiler:Jarrod]] that the reason he choose him to be his host is because he has the strength of a lion, but not the heart. He saw no goodness or nobility in Jarrod. The shock of this hits him hard that [[spoiler:until convinced otherwise, after being freed from Dai Shi, he goes into self exile because he feels he doesn't deserve redemption]].
-->'''Camille:''' Dai Shi lead many down his dark path. Maybe it's not too late for us to change.\\
[[spoiler:'''Jarrod:''']] Change? You mean back to the way I was before: a mean-spirited bully? No. There's no chance left for me.
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* ''FanFic/AMarriageOfConvenience'': Elsa suffers a nervous breakdown and tells [[spoiler:Hans]] she was fully away of what he tried to do when he was last in Arendelle, [[spoiler:attempting to kill her with his sword]], admitting she was not against the idea at the time it almost happened. It finally hits hard what a horrible person he's been to her and finally expressing guilt for it.
28th Jul '17 11:33:38 PM Bassball_Batman
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** WordOfGod, and the novel ''Choices'', holds that these stormtroopers are kidnapped by Thrawn and end up in his offshoot, the Empire of the Hand. The Empire of the Hand, judging by ''Literature/SurvivorsQuest'' and the short story [[Literature/OutboundFlight "Fool's Bargain"]], is apparently exactly what the stormtroopers used to think that the Empire was. Given that both of those feature stormtroopers who think for themselves and can make moral decisions, it's not surprising. They end up forming a sort-of vigilante group that hunts down pirates and ends up helping Mara Jade expose corruption within the Empire. They called themselves the Hand of Judgment until Mara Jade saved them from getting killed for treason, then told them that there was only one Hand in the Empire, and it was her, the Emperor's Hand. They lost the name, but haven't quit hunting lawbreakers yet.

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** WordOfGod, and the novel ''Choices'', holds that these stormtroopers are kidnapped by Thrawn and end up in his offshoot, the Empire of the Hand. The Empire of the Hand, judging by ''Literature/SurvivorsQuest'' and the short story [[Literature/OutboundFlight "Fool's Bargain"]], "[[Literature/OutboundFlight Fool's Bargain]]", is apparently exactly what the stormtroopers used to think that the Empire was. Given that both of those feature stormtroopers who think for themselves and can make moral decisions, it's not surprising. They end up forming a sort-of vigilante group that hunts down pirates and ends up helping Mara Jade expose corruption within the Empire. They called themselves the Hand of Judgment until Mara Jade saved them from getting killed for treason, then told them that there was only one Hand in the Empire, and it was her, the Emperor's Hand. They lost the name, but haven't quit hunting lawbreakers yet.



* In ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'', Rebecca does a lot of questionable things in order to get Josh to like her and break up with his current girlfriend, Valencia. When she finally overhears Valencia saying that she thinks Josh is going to propose to her, Rebecca suddenly realizes that she hasn't been the ''hero'' in the story, but the ''villain'' and sings [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhzN7SfnNeY "I'm the Villain in My Own Story."]]

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* In ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'', Rebecca does a lot of questionable things in order to get Josh to like her and break up with his current girlfriend, Valencia. When she finally overhears Valencia saying that she thinks Josh is going to propose to her, Rebecca suddenly realizes that she hasn't been the ''hero'' in the story, but the ''villain'' and sings [[https://www."[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhzN7SfnNeY "I'm I'm the Villain in My Own Story."]]Story]]."



** A truly shocking one in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]], from a frigging ''[[spoiler: Dalek]]'' no less.

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** A truly shocking one in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]], "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd Journey's End]]", from a frigging ''[[spoiler: Dalek]]'' no less.



*** A later episode, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E2IntoTheDalek "Into the Dalek"]], reveals that part of their cybernetics is a system specifically intended to prevent these by blocking the memory of anything potentially enlightening. The Dalek in question goes on a crusade to wipe out the Dalek race after being freed of its effects.
** The Doctor himself had one in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The Waters of Mars"]] after Adelaide Brooke calls him out on his [[WhatTheHellHero megalomania regarding time itself]]. Ten's descent into madness, and then his realization at what he's done once [[spoiler: Adelaide [[HeroicSacrifice kills herself]] to protect the time stream]] is painful to watch, but [[Creator/DavidTennant Tennant's]] performance remains nothing short of magnificent.

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*** A later episode, [[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E2IntoTheDalek "Into "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E2IntoTheDalek Into the Dalek"]], Dalek]]", reveals that part of their cybernetics is a system specifically intended to prevent these by blocking the memory of anything potentially enlightening. The Dalek in question goes on a crusade to wipe out the Dalek race after being freed of its effects.
** The Doctor himself had one in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars The Waters of Mars"]] Mars]]" after Adelaide Brooke calls him out on his [[WhatTheHellHero megalomania regarding time itself]]. Ten's descent into madness, and then his realization at what he's done once [[spoiler: Adelaide [[HeroicSacrifice kills herself]] to protect the time stream]] is painful to watch, but [[Creator/DavidTennant Tennant's]] performance remains nothing short of magnificent.



** Amy to Rory in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited "The Girl Who Waited"]], after realising that she ''doomed herself to wait thirty-six years being chased by killer robots to be rescued''.
** A major one occurs to the Twelfth Doctor after he comes close to becoming [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Woobie, Destroyer of Time]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]] in a desperate attempt to prevent [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion, Clara]]. Although he is actually, technically successful, his actions alienate him from his own people and even threaten to destroy his friendship with her. After receiving a major WhatTheHellHero dressing down from her, the Doctor realizes that he has done, and he makes amends by [[spoiler: allowing his key memories of Clara to be erased]].

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** Amy to Rory in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited "The "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited The Girl Who Waited"]], Waited]]", after realising that she ''doomed herself to wait thirty-six years being chased by killer robots to be rescued''.
** A major one occurs to the Twelfth Doctor after he comes close to becoming [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Woobie, Destroyer of Time]] in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent "Hell Bent"]] "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" in a desperate attempt to prevent [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion, Clara]]. Although he is actually, technically successful, his actions alienate him from his own people and even threaten to destroy his friendship with her. After receiving a major WhatTheHellHero dressing down from her, the Doctor realizes that he has done, and he makes amends by [[spoiler: allowing his key memories of Clara to be erased]].



** A milder example occurs in [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "The Husbands of River Song"]]; when Flemming declares that the Doctor loves River and would always come to her aid, River bitterly declares to Fleming that the Doctor never loved her and that he would not be rushing to her rescue out of pure sentiment (not realizing that that the man who was standing beside her for the whole episode ''was'' the Doctor). The Doctor never says anything, but the expression on the Doctor's face speaks volumes as he realizes how he has hurt River by his callousness. The episode ends with the Doctor and River [[EarnYourHappyEnding finally having their long-overdue last night together at the Singing Towers of Darillium]]. Of course, the nights on Darillium are 24 years long...

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** A milder example occurs in [[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong "The "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song"]]; Song]]"; when Flemming declares that the Doctor loves River and would always come to her aid, River bitterly declares to Fleming that the Doctor never loved her and that he would not be rushing to her rescue out of pure sentiment (not realizing that that the man who was standing beside her for the whole episode ''was'' the Doctor). The Doctor never says anything, but the expression on the Doctor's face speaks volumes as he realizes how he has hurt River by his callousness. The episode ends with the Doctor and River [[EarnYourHappyEnding finally having their long-overdue last night together at the Singing Towers of Darillium]]. Of course, the nights on Darillium are 24 years long...



* The second half of Music/DavidBowie's "Cygnet Committee," wherein the second narrator first gleefully describes the violence he and his allies have turned to, but slowly sees it to be antithetical to his ideals.

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* The second half of Music/DavidBowie's "Cygnet Committee," Committee", wherein the second narrator first gleefully describes the violence he and his allies have turned to, but slowly sees it to be antithetical to his ideals.



* Happens in the middle of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKQYZUU63QM "Crusade"]] by Music/{{Voltaire}}, after the narrator has slain one of the reportedly evil dragons he was crusading against.

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* Happens in the middle of [[http://www."[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKQYZUU63QM "Crusade"]] Crusade]]" by Music/{{Voltaire}}, after the narrator has slain one of the reportedly evil dragons he was crusading against.



* Wrestling/MattHardy, whom after losing an [[GimmickMatches "I Quit"]] to his Wrestling/{{Jeff| Hardy}}, realized he was being consumed by jealous and envy and stopped being such an ass to his brother.

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* Wrestling/MattHardy, whom after losing an [[GimmickMatches "I Quit"]] "[[GimmickMatches I Quit]]" to his Wrestling/{{Jeff| Hardy}}, realized he was being consumed by jealous and envy and stopped being such an ass to his brother.



* The stage version of ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' climaxes when Seymour Krelborn realizes what he's aided and abetted for a little fame and a shot at the woman of his dreams. Confronting [[ManEatingPlant Audrey 2]] he damns them both, [[NotSoDifferent "You're a monster, and so am I!"]] [[spoiler:He is then [[DownerEnding promptly eaten]]]].

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* The stage version of ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' climaxes when Seymour Krelborn realizes what he's aided and abetted for a little fame and a shot at the woman of his dreams. Confronting [[ManEatingPlant Audrey 2]] he damns them both, [[NotSoDifferent "You're "[[NotSoDifferent You're a monster, and so am I!"]] I!]]" [[spoiler:He is then [[DownerEnding promptly eaten]]]].



* ''{{Webcomic/Xkcd}}'': [[http://xkcd.com/481/ "Listen to Yourself"]] uses a "{{Troll}} Realization" variation on the theme.

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* ''{{Webcomic/Xkcd}}'': [[http://xkcd."[[http://xkcd.com/481/ "Listen Listen to Yourself"]] Yourself]]" uses a "{{Troll}} Realization" variation on the theme.



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E15TheHonorableOnes "The Honourable Ones"]], Agent Kallus winds up stranded on an icy moon with [[ArchEnemy Zeb]]. Zeb than proceeds to treat Kallus kindly, including splinting his broken leg, instead of just killing him out of hand. Kallus, in turn, winds up saving Zeb's life. At the end of the episode, he's seen sitting in his quarters on board the ISD ''Relentless'' in a decidedly contemplative mood, the seed of doubt in the Empire's cause apparently having been planted. [[spoiler: This ultimately leads to a HeelFaceTurn]].

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E15TheHonorableOnes "The "[[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E15TheHonorableOnes The Honourable Ones"]], Ones]]", Agent Kallus winds up stranded on an icy moon with [[ArchEnemy Zeb]]. Zeb than proceeds to treat Kallus kindly, including splinting his broken leg, instead of just killing him out of hand. Kallus, in turn, winds up saving Zeb's life. At the end of the episode, he's seen sitting in his quarters on board the ISD ''Relentless'' in a decidedly contemplative mood, the seed of doubt in the Empire's cause apparently having been planted. [[spoiler: This ultimately leads to a HeelFaceTurn]].
28th Jul '17 9:55:59 PM Bassball_Batman
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* The final climax of the 2003 version of ''Anime/AstroBoy''. For the entire series, Dr. Tenma had been trying to guide Astro so that he would eventually become the most powerful robot in the world, able to rule over all humanity. However, all this time, Astro had been fighting for peaceful man-machine coexistence. So in their final conflict, Tenma and Astro meet in the abandoned Laboratory 7, [[spoiler:where most of Tenma's angst originated, first with his real son then with Astro's original incarnation]]. What finally ended the battle wasn't strength of arms at all, but Astro [[spoiler:forgiving Tenma for everything he did. He suddenly realizes that the robot he built himself had shown himself to be ''more human than him'', and he finally surrenders.]]
* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', [[spoiler: Koro-sensei, back when he was the God of Death, but just before the tentacles completely turned him into a superbeing, had his when Aguri Yukimura died getting impaled by a tentacle meant for him in order to calm him down from what would be a self-destructive rampage. His inability to save her made him realize that for all that he knew for the sake of taking lives, he never used his knowledge to help people.]]

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* The final climax of the 2003 version of ''Anime/AstroBoy''. For the entire series, Dr. Tenma had been trying to guide Astro so that he would eventually become the most powerful robot in the world, able to rule over all humanity. However, all this time, Astro had been fighting for peaceful man-machine coexistence. So in their final conflict, Tenma and Astro meet in the abandoned Laboratory 7, [[spoiler:where most of Tenma's angst originated, first with his real son then with Astro's original incarnation]]. What finally ended the battle wasn't strength of arms at all, but Astro [[spoiler:forgiving Tenma for everything he did. He suddenly realizes that the robot he built himself had shown himself to be ''more human than him'', and he finally surrenders.]]
surrenders]].
* In ''Manga/AssassinationClassroom'', [[spoiler: Koro-sensei, back when he was the God of Death, but just before the tentacles completely turned him into a superbeing, had his when Aguri Yukimura died getting impaled by a tentacle meant for him in order to calm him down from what would be a self-destructive rampage. His inability to save her made him realize that for all that he knew for the sake of taking lives, he never used his knowledge to help people.]]people]].



** Suzaku has a second one [[spoiler:after using the [[FantasticNuke FLEIJA]] upon the Tokyo Settlement. After a moment of going LaughingMad, he eschews his morals and his distaste of results through contemptible means, going as far as to demand a prince of Britannia promote him to the highest post of the military and, since only the Emperor had that authority, requesting to ''assassinate the Emperor''.]]

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** Suzaku has a second one [[spoiler:after using the [[FantasticNuke FLEIJA]] upon the Tokyo Settlement. After a moment of going LaughingMad, he eschews his morals and his distaste of results through contemptible means, going as far as to demand a prince of Britannia promote him to the highest post of the military and, since only the Emperor had that authority, requesting to ''assassinate the Emperor''.]]Emperor'']].



** PlayedForDrama: [[spoiler:[[RetiredOutlaw Habara]] always ends up crying whenever her past as TheBully, the legendary "Archdemon" is brought up.]]
** PlayedForDrama: [[spoiler:Yanagin was in Habara's gang as well, but she did a HeelFaceTurn due to [[ScarsAreForever what happened to Karasawa.]]]]

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** PlayedForDrama: [[spoiler:[[RetiredOutlaw Habara]] always ends up crying whenever her past as TheBully, the legendary "Archdemon" is brought up.]]
up]].
** PlayedForDrama: [[spoiler:Yanagin was in Habara's gang as well, but she did a HeelFaceTurn due to [[ScarsAreForever what happened to Karasawa.]]]]Karasawa]]]].



* Ken of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' realizes that the Digital World is not a [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential video game with good cruelty potential]], that the Digimon are alive and sentient, and that sadistically [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing]] them as an EvilOverlord is in fact ''bad.'' He undergoes a HeelFaceTurn soon after... if you can say he was a {{Heel}} to begin with. He honestly [[ObliviouslyEvil didn't know what he was doing]] until later in the arc, at which point he went into Dark Spore aided denial.
** Yamaki in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' has a particularly nasty one when he realizes that [[spoiler:not only has he been killing sentient beings in the name of destroying "digital anomalies", but that it may have been his efforts to control what he saw as an invasion that made the ''real'' invasion possible.]]

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* Ken of ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' realizes that the Digital World is not a [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential video game with good cruelty potential]], that the Digimon are alive and sentient, and that sadistically [[ColdBloodedTorture torturing]] them as an EvilOverlord is in fact ''bad.'' ''bad''. He undergoes a HeelFaceTurn soon after... if you can say he was a {{Heel}} to begin with. He honestly [[ObliviouslyEvil didn't know what he was doing]] until later in the arc, at which point he went into Dark Spore aided denial.
** Yamaki in ''Anime/DigimonTamers'' has a particularly nasty one when he realizes that [[spoiler:not only has he been killing sentient beings in the name of destroying "digital anomalies", but that it may have been his efforts to control what he saw as an invasion that made the ''real'' invasion possible.]]possible]].



* ''Manga/ElfenLied''. At the very end of the manga, the [[spoiler:DNA Voice that arguably drove Lucy to her murderous ways, is prepared to use its remaining power to destroy the world once Nyu and Lucy's spirits leave their melted body. Kouta has promised to kill Lucy, but cannot do it out of love. The Voice is shocked and impressed. In hideous pain itself, it now begs Kouta to end its existence, and he does.]]

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* ''Manga/ElfenLied''. At the very end of the manga, the [[spoiler:DNA Voice that arguably drove Lucy to her murderous ways, is prepared to use its remaining power to destroy the world once Nyu and Lucy's spirits leave their melted body. Kouta has promised to kill Lucy, but cannot do it out of love. The Voice is shocked and impressed. In hideous pain itself, it now begs Kouta to end its existence, and he does.]]does]].



* In ''Anime/GaReiZero'', Yomi realizes what kind of monstrosity she is after she crippled Kiri physically and mentally. Actually she realizes this multiple times, but [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget the Sesshouseki robs her of clarity of mind and fills her with rage and despair]]. [[spoiler:Happens again in the final chapters of ''Manga/GaRei'' manga.]]
* ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'': Ledo does ''not'' take it well when he learns that [[spoiler:the Hideauze are TranshumanAliens, and not true extraterrestrials. The Hideauze whose ''children'' he just absentmindedly killed out of ForeverWar instinct. And then Chamber makes it worse when he follows his programmed directive and crushes a curious Hideauze child.]]

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* In ''Anime/GaReiZero'', Yomi realizes what kind of monstrosity she is after she crippled Kiri physically and mentally. Actually she realizes this multiple times, but [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget the Sesshouseki robs her of clarity of mind and fills her with rage and despair]]. [[spoiler:Happens again in the final chapters of ''Manga/GaRei'' manga.]]
manga]].
* ''Anime/GargantiaOnTheVerdurousPlanet'': Ledo does ''not'' take it well when he learns that [[spoiler:the Hideauze are TranshumanAliens, and not true extraterrestrials. The Hideauze whose ''children'' he just absentmindedly killed out of ForeverWar instinct. And then Chamber makes it worse when he follows his programmed directive and crushes a curious Hideauze child.]]child]].



** The {{Heartwarming Moment|s}} in ''Tsumihoroboshi-hen'' when Keiichi [[spoiler:recalls the events of ''Onikakushi-hen'', and he realizes that ''he'' was the insane one, not them.]]
* In ''[[Anime/{{K}} K: Return of Kings]]'', [[spoiler: Nagare, the Green King]] has one in the end when [[spoiler: Shiro and Neko tell him that they're willing to sacrifice the Slates because they don't need power, just warm food and friends to share it with around a small table. Which is what [[{{Foil}} his Clan had as well]], only they were too focused on their revolution plot to appreciate it before it was too late (or at least Nagare was). This is emphasized when Shiro and Neko run past the Green Clan's room on their way to this showdown, and Shiro [[NotSoDifferent gives it a sad look]].]]

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** The {{Heartwarming Moment|s}} in ''Tsumihoroboshi-hen'' when Keiichi [[spoiler:recalls the events of ''Onikakushi-hen'', and he realizes that ''he'' was the insane one, not them.]]
them]].
* In ''[[Anime/{{K}} K: Return of Kings]]'', [[spoiler: Nagare, the Green King]] has one in the end when [[spoiler: Shiro and Neko tell him that they're willing to sacrifice the Slates because they don't need power, just warm food and friends to share it with around a small table. Which is what [[{{Foil}} his Clan had as well]], only they were too focused on their revolution plot to appreciate it before it was too late (or at least Nagare was). This is emphasized when Shiro and Neko run past the Green Clan's room on their way to this showdown, and Shiro [[NotSoDifferent gives it a sad look]].]]look]]]].



** During the Fourth Shinobi World War, [[spoiler:Gaara's father, the Fourth Kazekage (revived via the Edo Tensei)]], came to this realization when he saw that [[spoiler:the son he made into a weapon and denounced as a failure]] ended up becoming [[spoiler:a]] better [[spoiler:Kazekage]] than he ever was. He admits his faults and his lies, and makes peace [[spoiler:with his son before being sealed away.]]
* [[ManipulativeBastard Gendo ]][[BigBad Ikari]] has one in ([[TropeOverdosed all together now]]) ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' at the very end. This being [[GrimDark Evang]][[TrueArtIsAngsty elion]], Gendo realizes this too late to do any good to anybody, and ends up dying an [[{{Squick}} agonizing]] and [[MindScrew surreal death]] midway through said realization. His last words are especially [[TearJerker tragic.]] [[spoiler:"I'm sorry, Shinji."]]

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** During the Fourth Shinobi World War, [[spoiler:Gaara's father, the Fourth Kazekage (revived via the Edo Tensei)]], came to this realization when he saw that [[spoiler:the son he made into a weapon and denounced as a failure]] ended up becoming [[spoiler:a]] better [[spoiler:Kazekage]] than he ever was. He admits his faults and his lies, and makes peace [[spoiler:with his son before being sealed away.]]
away]].
* [[ManipulativeBastard Gendo ]][[BigBad Ikari]] has one in ([[TropeOverdosed all together now]]) ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' at the very end. This being [[GrimDark Evang]][[TrueArtIsAngsty elion]], Gendo realizes this too late to do any good to anybody, and ends up dying an [[{{Squick}} agonizing]] and [[MindScrew surreal death]] midway through said realization. His last words are especially [[TearJerker tragic.]] [[spoiler:"I'm tragic]]. "[[spoiler:I'm sorry, Shinji."]] Shinji]]."



* The anime-exclusive Maikaiju Aliens in TheNineties ''Anime/SailorMoon'', who [[AntiVillain gather energy to heal the dying tree that created them.]] However, not knowing what love is due to their horrific childhood, they wind up feeding the tree the wrong energy, causing it to go berserk. It actually ''kills'' An[[note]]Pronounced as "Ann(e)" in the English dub.[[/note]], who takes the bullet for Ail ("Alan" in the English dub), before explaining to Sailor Moon its backstory. [[RedemptionEarnsLife An is restored once the tree is healed]], and [[ButNowIMustGo the aliens depart Earth so they can nurture the tree back.]]

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* The anime-exclusive Maikaiju Aliens in TheNineties ''Anime/SailorMoon'', who [[AntiVillain gather energy to heal the dying tree that created them.]] them]]. However, not knowing what love is due to their horrific childhood, they wind up feeding the tree the wrong energy, causing it to go berserk. It actually ''kills'' An[[note]]Pronounced as "Ann(e)" in the English dub.[[/note]], who takes the bullet for Ail ("Alan" in the English dub), before explaining to Sailor Moon its backstory. [[RedemptionEarnsLife An is restored once the tree is healed]], and [[ButNowIMustGo the aliens depart Earth so they can nurture the tree back.]] back]].



** This happened to Noah too. The Heel Realization for him came after Mokuba, despite everything that Noah had done, seemed willing to help Noah, even going so far as to call him his brother (even though that was only a technicality in the ''loosest'' terms, if that) and Noah double-crossed him anyway, [[GrandTheftMe stealing Mokuba's body]] in order to flee the Virtual World before Gozaburo put his plan into motion. He at first called Mokuba an idiot for trusting him... And ''then'' [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone the full ramifications of what he had just done hit him]]. After changing his mind and going back to help the other heroes, he went so far as to say that he "deserved it" when Jonouchi apologized for wanting to slug him, and in the end, [[spoiler:made a HeroicSacrifice to defeat Gozaburo.]]

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** This happened to Noah too. The Heel Realization for him came after Mokuba, despite everything that Noah had done, seemed willing to help Noah, even going so far as to call him his brother (even though that was only a technicality in the ''loosest'' terms, if that) and Noah double-crossed him anyway, [[GrandTheftMe stealing Mokuba's body]] in order to flee the Virtual World before Gozaburo put his plan into motion. He at first called Mokuba an idiot for trusting him... And ''then'' [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone the full ramifications of what he had just done hit him]]. After changing his mind and going back to help the other heroes, he went so far as to say that he "deserved it" when Jonouchi apologized for wanting to slug him, and in the end, [[spoiler:made a HeroicSacrifice to defeat Gozaburo.]]Gozaburo]].



*** This happened to Carly, Misty, and Greiger (Bomber) of the Dark Signers, mostly because they had been ForcedIntoEvil. [[spoiler:Goodwin (Godwin)]] also did this upon realizing that the path he was following wasn't what his brother[[spoiler:, who like him became a Dark Signer intentionally,]] would have wanted. But Kalin (Kiryu) was the biggest example: he became a Dark Signer intentionally because he believed that his best friend had sold him out to the police for going too far in their vigilante activities. Like the other Dark Signers, he died upon defeat and was reborn as human. But unlike Carly and the others, he kept his memories of being a Dark Signer, and with the truth of the matter known to him (his best friend had tried and failed to sacrifice himself for him), he went into a self-imposed exile to punish himself.

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*** This happened to Carly, Misty, and Greiger (Bomber) of the Dark Signers, mostly because they had been ForcedIntoEvil. [[spoiler:Goodwin (Godwin)]] also did this upon realizing that the path he was following wasn't what his brother[[spoiler:, who like him became a Dark Signer intentionally,]] intentionally]], would have wanted. But Kalin (Kiryu) was the biggest example: he became a Dark Signer intentionally because he believed that his best friend had sold him out to the police for going too far in their vigilante activities. Like the other Dark Signers, he died upon defeat and was reborn as human. But unlike Carly and the others, he kept his memories of being a Dark Signer, and with the truth of the matter known to him (his best friend had tried and failed to sacrifice himself for him), he went into a self-imposed exile to punish himself.



** Paradoxically inverted in ComicBook/TheFlash, after one of Flash's friends accuses [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Flash of not using the full extent of his abilities to help people.]] The friend then realizes the best way to make the Flash a better hero is to become a villain who'd push him to be one.

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** Paradoxically inverted in ComicBook/TheFlash, after one of Flash's friends accuses [[ReedRichardsIsUseless Flash of not using the full extent of his abilities to help people.]] people]]. The friend then realizes the best way to make the Flash a better hero is to become a villain who'd push him to be one.



** Happens twice in the ComicBook/IronMan "Armour Wars" saga, once at the beginning when he realises his technology may have been responsible for some of the worst criminals in the Marvel Universe, [[spoiler: and again at the end when he questions the extreme measures he has used in trying to solve the problem.]]

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** Happens twice in the ComicBook/IronMan "Armour Wars" saga, once at the beginning when he realises his technology may have been responsible for some of the worst criminals in the Marvel Universe, [[spoiler: and again at the end when he questions the extreme measures he has used in trying to solve the problem.]]problem]].



** Doctor Octopus has one during the finale of ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan''. Otto, utterly confused by how easily the Goblin King brought down everything he built is left wondering what would Peter do in this situation, especially since the Goblin King kidnapped his LoveInterest Anna Maria. When confronted with the child he helped save (and [[spoiler:used to convince Peter's spirit that he was the superior one when Peter was willing to leave her to die to save his skin]]), he's forced to act by [[spoiler:Peter's spirit]] to save her, being told that the thing to do is to do what's right, not to plan. Through that, Otto realizes the one true Superior Spider-Man was Peter, mostly because Otto realized he was an arrogant man who overcompensated for everything while Peter was a man who knew he had everything, but kept sabotaging himself because he felt he didn't deserve it. [[spoiler:He, then, erases his memories and personality from Peter's mind, restoring the hero once more.]]

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** Doctor Octopus has one during the finale of ''ComicBook/SuperiorSpiderMan''. Otto, utterly confused by how easily the Goblin King brought down everything he built is left wondering what would Peter do in this situation, especially since the Goblin King kidnapped his LoveInterest Anna Maria. When confronted with the child he helped save (and [[spoiler:used to convince Peter's spirit that he was the superior one when Peter was willing to leave her to die to save his skin]]), he's forced to act by [[spoiler:Peter's spirit]] to save her, being told that the thing to do is to do what's right, not to plan. Through that, Otto realizes the one true Superior Spider-Man was Peter, mostly because Otto realized he was an arrogant man who overcompensated for everything while Peter was a man who knew he had everything, but kept sabotaging himself because he felt he didn't deserve it. [[spoiler:He, then, erases his memories and personality from Peter's mind, restoring the hero once more.]]more]].



* In ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', the point of [[spoiler:Negascott]] is not to be defeated as Scott initially thinks, but to get Scott to recognize his own faults as a person and to understand that he's played a part in the failures of his past relationships rather than just blaming others. When he accepts this, [[spoiler: he absorbs Nega-Scott into himself and remembers all of his mistakes, which readies him to take down the last obstacle in his personal quest... Gideon.]]

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* In ''ComicBook/ScottPilgrim'', the point of [[spoiler:Negascott]] is not to be defeated as Scott initially thinks, but to get Scott to recognize his own faults as a person and to understand that he's played a part in the failures of his past relationships rather than just blaming others. When he accepts this, [[spoiler: he absorbs Nega-Scott into himself and remembers all of his mistakes, which readies him to take down the last obstacle in his personal quest... Gideon.]]Gideon]].



'''Kim Pine:''' So [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn her back.]]

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'''Kim Pine:''' So [[EarnYourHappyEnding earn her back.]]back]].



* ''Fanfic/ATriangleInTheStars'': [[spoiler: Bill Cipher]], while he's had others too, has a rather harrowing and ''permanent'' one in Chapter Thirty-Two, realizing he had become worse than his parents. [[spoiler: He gets better.]]
* [[spoiler:Trian Aeducan]] has one in ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownofThorns'' and it's bad enough that he [[spoiler:becomes unable to sleep properly, falls into a depression he can only distract himself from by abusing his body through incessant workout, and this is when he's not having a HeroicBSOD. Gorim, surprisingly enough, tries to get him out of it, but he doesn't have much luck because of how both of them are half-convinced the dwarven noble protagonist is dead, so he has his own grief to work out. Trian only really manages to emotionally recover, somewhat, when he discovers his talent for sculpting, something that happens ''weeks'' after the realization. Things aren't made much better by what happens with the king and the city-state itself afterwards.]] Let's just say those weren't the best few months of his life.
** [[spoiler:King Endrin Aeducan]] is a sort of aversion because he knows what he's doing is wrong from the get go. Still, his [[spoiler:deathbed scene]] finally has him putting it into words, but it's far, ''far'' too late by then, or so he thinks. [[spoiler:It actually wasn't, since everything had gone according to one of the DN's plans, but Endrin actually ''chooses'' to die because he didn't want to face his second son when he came back.]] It's just a very small point in his favor that [[spoiler:part of the reason for his decision to give up on life before the second eldest prince has a chance to return is the fact that he doesn't want to put Raonar through the experience of having a second parent die in front of him.]] Needless to say, [[spoiler:the second son in question quite rightfully calls him a stupid old man when he finds out.]]
* In the Series/BabylonFive[=/=]Franchise/MassEffect Crossover Fic ''The Babylon Effect'' Matriarch Benezia decides to stop at Beta Durani to have a little talk with a caputured Minbari Shai Alyt on the way to a Peace Mission to Minbar. After pointing out that the Minbari had killed an Asari Matriarch during an earlier battle during the war and that, by the Minbari's logic, the Asari had every right to exterminate ''them'', among other things. The Shai Alyt has a combination of this and a OhCrap moment realizing that there are only two ways their war with the Terran Systems Alliance will end; either they make peace with them, or the Citadel Council will crush them like a grape.
* In ''FanFic/InnerDemons'', a recently {{Face Heel Turn}}ed [[spoiler: Sweetie Belle]] ''almost'' has one when she sees how bad [[FallenHero Twilight]] [[BigBad Sparkle]] has become. Unfortunately, an [[NiceJobBreakingItHero ill-worded speech]] from Rarity hits an emotional trigger [[ManipulativeBastard Twilight]] planted earlier, causing her to backslide and join up with Twilight fully.
** She has another one when [[spoiler: Rarity is [[DisneyDeath nearly killed]] by [[TheDragon Trixie]] while protecting her]]. Apple Bloom has to [[ArmorPiercingSlap help it]] stick this time, and she ends up sinking into a VillainousBSOD.
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], only following her forces' defeat at the Battle of Canterlot, does Princess Luna realize the magnitude of everything she did in starting the Equestrian Civil War, and then suffers from a VillainousBSOD.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', there are two instances of this:
** Colonel Dannett, a combat instructor for [[SchoolForScheming the Academy]], realized what a monster he was becoming and had to decide between retirement and suicide. He chose to retire, but is still haunted enough by what he did that [[spoiler: when River comes after him, he is willing to let her kill him for revenge]]. Fortunately, [[spoiler: River spares and forgives him]].
** The second instance comes later on, with Inducer One-One-Nine, who is an [[spoiler: eight-year-old]] psychic that can control emotions and thoughts, and went on a massive murder spree. She only comes to realize the horror of what she's done when [[spoiler: Zoe shoots her in the stomach and she lays dying]].
* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' RecursiveFanfiction ''[[Fanfic/PonyPOVSeriesChaosVerse Discord: Not One Of A Kind]]'' (declared an official AlternateUniverse) has this happen to [[spoiler:'''Discord''' (well, an alternate one implied to be the canon version). Bored with being SealedEvilInACan but unable to do much of anything about it other than send a piece of his spirit out to observe Equestria (which at present mostly consists of [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing celebration of his defeat]]), he sends it to the Truth to take a look, and sees [[BadFuture the Dark World]] where [[TheBadGuyWins he won]]. Upon witnessing how bad Dark World!Discord is, he realizes he's no different and is nearly [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone completely broken by guilt]]. Thankfully, Twilight Tragedy finding the stars to still be beautiful, even in the horrible alternate future snaps him out of it and [[HeelFaceTurn redeems him.]]]]
* At the climax of the ''FanFic/RainboomsAndRoyalty'' sequel ''May the Best Friends Win'', [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash calls out Trixie on [[{{Jerkass}} her behavior]], which forces her to face just how vile she's truly acted, leading to her becoming a better pony.]]

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* ''Fanfic/AChangedWorld'': Eleya realizes she's about to order a shipload of Klingons killed simply for being Klingons, rather than because they represent a threat.
-->"No. No. I refuse. I won't be that person."
* ZigZagged in ''FanFic/ACharmedLife'': Light comes to realize he'd been acting like an asshole [[spoiler: when it comes to the way he was treating Ryuk. [[WellIntentionedExtremist He finds nothing wrong with being Kira of course]]]].
* From ''Fanfic/ATasteOfTheGoodLife'', a ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' story, Ebony Glimmer is the mother of Scootaloo. She had also been an emotionally abusive alcoholic, which eventually prompted Scootaloo to run away from home. Two years later Ebby, having cleaned up her act, encounters Scootaloo by chance and tries to reconnect, but Scootaloo wants nothing to do with her. Ebby goes so far as to use Foal Protection Services to take Scootaloo by force, only for her to flee again. Tracking down Scootaloo again in the forest, the ensuing chase results in Ebony hanging for her life off a cliff. Scootaloo, the only pony around who can help and who is desperate to have Ebony out of her life forever, leaves her to her fate. Though she is rescued soon after, this moment, more than even Scootaloo's repeated declarations that she didn't want Ebby around, make the Heel Realization hit home, pushing her past the DespairEventHorizon and very nearly driving her to drink again.
* In ''FanFic/ATeachersGlory'' Hiashi Hyuga reflects morbidly that the Invasion has been a day of disappointing realizations about himself. Disappointment that indulging his brother's son has created a spoiled brat of a genius, disappointment that his pride led to his own injury and has placed his younger daughter in danger, and disappointment in himself that his elder daughter has so thoroughly failed to ''live down'' to his expectations after all these years, and instead almost single-handedly saved dozens of lives while he barely saved himself and her sister.
* ''Fanfic/ATriangleInTheStars'': [[spoiler: Bill Cipher]], while he's had others too, has a rather harrowing and ''permanent'' one in Chapter Thirty-Two, realizing he had become worse than his parents. [[spoiler: He gets better.]]
* [[spoiler:Trian Aeducan]] has one in ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownofThorns'' and it's bad enough that he [[spoiler:becomes unable to sleep properly, falls into a depression he can only distract himself from by abusing his body through incessant workout, and this is when he's not having a HeroicBSOD. Gorim, surprisingly enough, tries to get him out of it, but he doesn't have much luck because of how both of them are half-convinced the dwarven noble protagonist is dead, so he has his own grief to work out. Trian only really manages to emotionally recover, somewhat, when he discovers his talent for sculpting, something that happens ''weeks'' after the realization. Things aren't made much better by what happens with the king and the city-state itself afterwards.]] Let's just say those weren't the best few months of his life.
** [[spoiler:King Endrin Aeducan]] is a sort of aversion because he knows what he's doing is wrong from the get go. Still, his [[spoiler:deathbed scene]] finally has him putting it into words, but it's far, ''far'' too late by then, or so he thinks. [[spoiler:It actually wasn't, since everything had gone according to one of the DN's plans, but Endrin actually ''chooses'' to die because he didn't want to face his second son when he came back.]] It's just a very small point in his favor that [[spoiler:part of the reason for his decision to give up on life before the second eldest prince has a chance to return is the fact that he doesn't want to put Raonar through the experience of having a second parent die in front of him.]] Needless to say, [[spoiler:the second son in question quite rightfully calls him a stupid old man when he finds out.]]
* In the Series/BabylonFive[=/=]Franchise/MassEffect Crossover Fic ''The Babylon Effect'' Matriarch Benezia decides to stop at Beta Durani to have a little talk with a caputured Minbari Shai Alyt on the way to a Peace Mission to Minbar. After pointing out that the Minbari had killed an Asari Matriarch during an earlier battle during the war and that, by the Minbari's logic, the Asari had every right to exterminate ''them'', among other things. The Shai Alyt has a combination of this and a OhCrap moment realizing that there are only two ways their war with the Terran Systems Alliance will end; either they make peace with them, or the Citadel Council will crush them like a grape.
* In ''FanFic/InnerDemons'', a recently {{Face Heel Turn}}ed [[spoiler: Sweetie Belle]] ''almost'' has one when she sees how bad [[FallenHero Twilight]] [[BigBad Sparkle]] has become. Unfortunately, an [[NiceJobBreakingItHero ill-worded speech]] from Rarity hits an emotional trigger [[ManipulativeBastard Twilight]] planted earlier, causing her to backslide and join up with Twilight fully.
** She has another one when [[spoiler: Rarity is [[DisneyDeath nearly killed]] by [[TheDragon Trixie]] while protecting her]]. Apple Bloom has to [[ArmorPiercingSlap help it]] stick this time, and she ends up sinking into a VillainousBSOD.
* In [[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]], only following her forces' defeat at the Battle of Canterlot, does Princess Luna realize the magnitude of everything she did in starting the Equestrian Civil War, and then suffers from a VillainousBSOD.
* In the ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fanfic ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', there are two instances of this:
** Colonel Dannett, a combat instructor for [[SchoolForScheming the Academy]], realized what a monster he was becoming and had to decide between retirement and suicide. He chose to retire, but is still haunted enough by what he did that [[spoiler: when River comes after him, he is willing to let her kill him for revenge]]. Fortunately, [[spoiler: River spares and forgives him]].
** The second instance comes later on, with Inducer One-One-Nine, who is an [[spoiler: eight-year-old]] psychic that can control emotions and thoughts, and went on a massive murder spree. She only comes to realize the horror of what she's done when [[spoiler: Zoe shoots her in the stomach and she lays dying]].
* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' RecursiveFanfiction ''[[Fanfic/PonyPOVSeriesChaosVerse Discord: Not One Of A Kind]]'' (declared an official AlternateUniverse) has this happen to [[spoiler:'''Discord''' (well, an alternate one implied to be the canon version). Bored with being SealedEvilInACan but unable to do much of anything about it other than send a piece of his spirit out to observe Equestria (which at present mostly consists of [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing celebration of his defeat]]), he sends it to the Truth to take a look, and sees [[BadFuture the Dark World]] where [[TheBadGuyWins he won]]. Upon witnessing how bad Dark World!Discord is, he realizes he's no different and is nearly [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone completely broken by guilt]]. Thankfully, Twilight Tragedy finding the stars to still be beautiful, even in the horrible alternate future snaps him out of it and [[HeelFaceTurn redeems him.]]]]
* At the climax of the ''FanFic/RainboomsAndRoyalty'' sequel ''May the Best Friends Win'', [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash calls out Trixie on [[{{Jerkass}} her behavior]], which forces her to face just how vile she's truly acted, leading to her becoming a better pony.]]
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* In the dark![[Franchise/HarryPotter Harry]] [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''{{FanFic/Heir}}'' after Voldemort tasks Harry and Tom with running distraction duty at Hogwarts by setting the Basilisk loose on the student body they had originally picked the muggle-born Hermione Granger to be one of their first victims, but after a week of stalking Hermione, Harry and Tom realize how ''brilliant'' she is and [[YouWillBeSpared decide to choose a different target.]] When Harry and Tom give their report at the next Death Eater meeting and explain why they switched targets this even gets ''Voldemort'' thinking that maybe he was wrong about Muggle-borns.
* Another ''My Little Pony'' example; ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90557/why Why]]'', which expands on Discord's from "Keep Calm and Flutter On" (taking place between his Heel Realization and the final scene). When the Mane Six confront him over his change of heart, he explains his Heel Realization in more detail;
--> '''Discord''': I lost the last time because [[EvilCannotComprehendGood I didnít understand your friendship]] as well as I thought I did, and once I finally did understand itÖ[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone I realize how it mustíve felt when I broke yours apart.]]
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8988902/1/Reconciliator-of-Empire-City Reconciliator of Empire City]]'', [[{{VideoGame/inFamous}} Cole [=MacGrath=]]] has convinced [[ComicBook/XMen Kitty Pryde]] that she is the real bad guy during the ''Astonishing X-Men'' issues, not Emma Frost, whom [[ReformedButRejected she distrusts of]].
-->'''Kitty''': You're right. You're right all this time. I'm the bad guy here, not Emma.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''[[Fanfic/LegacyTotalDrama Legacy]]'', Heather reached out to Lindsay after the latter [[spoiler: lost her baby]], but Lindsay [[ReformedButRejected did not acknowledge the gesture]]. Lindsay did respond to condolences from Courtney, among others, so Heather assumed that old resentments still lingered. The incident left Heather questioning, for the first time, the wisdom of her game strategy.
* Night in ''FanFic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'':
-->''"Look Mr L dude" dark said darkly. "I just want to blow up the world is that so evil?"''
-->''"Yes because then where will the kiddies live?"''
-->''Night looked shocked and stopped signing.''
-->''"BRO! I NEVER FORT OF THAT!"''
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', [[Anime/MaiHime Nao]] goes through a gradual one over time, as she realizes how much her mother's being put into a coma has affected her life by causing her to become a selfish and vengeful loner, starting when she is forced to ensure that it happens lest history be altered enough to cause a temporal paradox. After a chance encounter with Mai in the hospital, Nao realizes that Mai has, in the years since her parents' deaths, dedicated herself to something constructive in caring for Takumi, while Nao realizes how little robbing perverts eases her own pain. Eventually, she undergoes positive CharacterDevelopment and becomes a better person, particularly [[NotSoDifferent after realizing her similarity with Natsuki]].
* [[spoiler:Obsidian]] has one in the Literature/HungerGames fanfic ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'' after realizing [[spoiler:how ruthless his fellow Careers are]] and recognizing that [[spoiler:he feels guilty about the kills he has made]].
* The main character in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/114049/this-is-the-life-a-tale-of-a-human-in-equestria This is the Life: A Tale of a Human in Equestria]]'' has one after hiding from Pinkie Pie so he won't have to attend her party, only to come to the realization she's trying so hard to invite him (read:literally hunting around town for him) because she thinks he doesn't have many friends and wants him to have a fun time and meet some people.
* In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10089204/19/Yet-More-Fragments one]] Literature/HarryPotter story, Harry explains to the Order of the Phoenix that given Snape's treatment of any non-Slytherin in his class, almost every job that requires a NEWT in potions (politics, aurors, healers, etc) is staffed near exclusively with Slytherins who buy into Voldermort's ideals. While checking the Order's reactions, Harry's surprised to note that Snape is one of those looking shocked.
* ZigZagged in ''FanFic/ACharmedLife'': Light comes to realize he'd been acting like an asshole [[spoiler: when it comes to the way he was treating Ryuk. [[WellIntentionedExtremist He finds nothing wrong with being Kira of course.]]]]
* In the ATLA fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6877506/1/Undone Undone]], Jeong Jeong has one after realizing that the Fire Nation has murdered children in the Earth Kingdom, and that while they may not be Fire Nation, the Earth Kingdom's people are still people. Iroh has one at the end as well, after Lu Ten dies.
* Fai has a gradual one in '' Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'' after he confronts Syaoran on his drinking: he wants Syaoran to ask him for help but realizes due to his previous coldness he is the last person Syaoran would turn to. Kurogane points out that Fai treats Syaoran as if he's a ghost instead his own person, a problem not helped by the fact that Fai hasn't actually spoken much to Syaoran since Tokyo, which was several months ago in-story.
* In ''FanFic/SeventhHorcrux'', Hermione, who Harry has been accusing of being evil since her plan to knock out Crabbe and Goyle, replace them using Polyjuice, and interrogate Draco Malfoy back in second year, comes to a heel realization when Harry and Ron confront her over obliviating her parents and sending them to Australia. When she expresses worry that she might be turning into the next Dark Lord, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Harry points out that Voldemort probably won't like that, so they'll have to kill him anyways.]]
* Ebony Glimmer, from the ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' story ''Fanfic/ATasteOfTheGoodLife'', is the mother of Scootaloo. She had also been an emotionally abusive alcoholic, which eventually prompted Scootaloo to run away from home. Two years later Ebby, having cleaned up her act, encounters Scootaloo by chance and tries to reconnect, but Scootaloo wants nothing to do with her. Ebby goes so far as to use Foal Protection Services to take Scootaloo by force, only for her to flee again. Tracking down Scootaloo again in the forest, the ensuing chase results in Ebony hanging for her life off a cliff. Scootaloo, the only pony around who can help and who is desperate to have Ebony out of her life forever, leaves her to her fate. Though she is rescued soon after, this moment, more than even Scootaloo's repeated declarations that she didn't want Ebby around, make the Heel Realization hit home, pushing her past the DespairEventHorizon and very nearly driving her to drink again.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act III'': Akua and Kahlua help Kiria in his plan to use the Chrono Displacement spell to rewrite history with the intent to make their father Issa one of the top dark lords of the world in the new timeline. In the final chapter, they get hit with this big time when they discover that Kiria actually planned to alter history so he would be the most powerful monster in existence, and part of said plan would have had him infect the two with [[PsychoSerum Blackheart]] and sent back in time to destroy Issa's empire from within. The two spend the next three acts trying to atone for their mistake.
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', the slow realization that the government is now hounding an innocent teenage girl solely because she is as powerful as she is (she's a Kryptonian, after all) and not because she violated any law despite what he has been told, causes [[IronMan Tony Stark]] to have one of these. It especially hits home after he's shown conclusively that the Registration Act effectively ignores the 13th Amendment. That's the one that outlaws ''slavery''.
* In ''FanFic/ATeachersGlory'' Hiashi Hyuga reflects morbidly that the Invasion has been a day of disappointing realizations about himself. Disappointment that indulging his brother's son has created a spoiled brat of a genius, disappointment that his pride led to his own injury and has placed his younger daughter in danger, and disappointment in himself that his elder daughter has so thoroughly failed to ''live down'' to his expectations after all these years, and instead almost single-handedly saved dozens of lives while he barely saved himself and her sister.
* In ''Fanfic/TheInfiniteLoops'', Pinkie Pie realizes that her constant hounding of Candy Cane (aka Ciphias Cain) to get him to party with her only hurts him and makes him fear her, which is something she'd ''never'' want with anyone. She tries to make it up to him with a Get-Out-Of-Party-Free card.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5537220/20/The-Darkest-Light The Darkest Light]]'', Tenten practiced for months with her team so they could kill Naruto/Naruichi in revenge for how (they think) he wronged them. As Tenten leads Naruichi to the ambush site, their conversation causes her to realize that what they plan on doing is wrong and Naruichi is an innocent masseur. Of course, it helps that except for Lee (who lost his parents to the Kyuubi), everything bad that happened to them from interacting with Naruichi was their own fault.
** It sinks in even further when Gai asks why Tenten attempted to murder Naruichi and upon hearing her answer, that she was jealous of Naruichi's skill and hated him for it, asks her, "Hated enough to kill?"
* Naruto in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10917821/26/The-questionable-burdens-of-leadership-of-a-troll-Emperor The (Questionable) Burdens of Leadership of a Troll Emperor]]'', makes a would be assassin realize how evil his group is by forcing him to psychically feel the suffering of some of the people his group's actions hurt.
* ''Fanfic/TheDarkSideOfTheMirrorVerse'':
** [[spoiler:Mirror Fluttershy]] has one of these when [[spoiler:Captain Goodguy/Mirror Discord makes her realize [[TheWoobie Rainbow Crash's]] current [[BrokenBird issues]] are partially her fault thanks to her BystanderSyndrome meaning she never helped her when she was being bullied severely by [[KnightOfCerebus Mirror Spitfire]] as a filly, and pointing out had Gilda had the same attitude, [[DrivenToSuicide things may have been much worse]].]] It ''really'' sinks in when [[spoiler:Mirror Twilight's MadScientist activities (which Fluttershy had noticed but ignored) result in Twilight [[SuperpoweredEvilSide becoming a Nightmare]] and nearly destroying Canterlot, resulting in Fluttershy finally ''acting'' and coming to help stop her.]]
** [[spoiler:Mirror Twilight]] has one of her own when [[spoiler:she's defeated in her Nightmare form and restored to sanity by the Elements of Harmony, realizing she was just living out a power fantasy she never wanted to come true and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone nearly destroyed Canterlot as a result.]]]]



* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11590432/7/Second-Time-s-the-Charm Second Time's the Charm]]'', Zero forces an epiphany on Jeremiah Gottwald in order to lay the groundwork for him becoming Orange again. Notably, before attack on Saitama, Jeremiah hears Cornelia's declaration of war being a "struggle between life and pride" and thinks to himself that slaughtering an entire neighborhood on the chance that Zero will show up is "nothing to take pride in."
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10595005/1/Hermione-Granger-and-the-Marriage-Law-Revolution Hermione Granger and the Marriage Law Revolution]]'' [[spoiler: Minister of Magic]] Hermione Granger and [[spoiler:Chief Warlock]] Harry Potter realize they have a serious problem when they learn that Neville [[spoiler: may run for Minister of Magic]] and one of the first things they think of is to kill him to make sure he won't restore the old regime. They thus make sure someone sane and wise takes their place and get some much needed therapy.
* Viletta Nu is forced to oversee the distribution of medical supplies to refugee Elevens in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9919523/7/Code-Geass-Redo-of-the-Rebellion Code Geass: Redo of the Rebellion]]'' and has to fight from being physically sick at how many wounded there are, especially at the realization several of them are from the Shinjuku Massacre.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6051938/1/The-Sealed-Kunai The Sealed Kunai]]'', Konan starts to realize Akatsuki is evil when she and Pain fight Naruto and Jiraiya inside Amegakure. Unlike their other battles that were out in the wilderness or villages they didn't care about, this one left half the village in ruins and thousands dead, causing her to realize what kind of suffering Akatsuki has been (and will be) responsible for.
* An important plot point in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8914586/35/Harry-Potter-Junior-Inquisitor Harry Potter: Junior Inquisitor]]'' is the Order of the Phoenix learning that not only is the entire order being coerced and/or blackmailed by Dumbledore, but that the crimes they've committed on his orders are far worse than anything most of them were being blackmailed for. Particularly noteworthy is when Bill, who got his job after Dumbledore lied about his NEWT scores, reacts to [[spoiler: Fawkes liberating most of the order from the ministry by throwing himself away from the bird]].
** It's driven home further when, [[spoiler:Dumbledore doesn't stop Snape from using the Cruciatus on Harry but hexes someone for stopping Snape.]]

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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11590432/7/Second-Time-s-the-Charm Second Time's ''The Babylon Effect'', the Charm]]'', Zero forces an epiphany on Jeremiah Gottwald in order Series/BabylonFive[=/=]Franchise/MassEffect Crossover Fic, Matriarch Benezia decides to lay the groundwork for him becoming Orange again. Notably, before attack on Saitama, Jeremiah hears Cornelia's declaration of war being a "struggle between life and pride" and thinks stop at Beta Durani to himself that slaughtering an entire neighborhood have a little talk with a caputured Minbari Shai Alyt on the chance that Zero will show up is "nothing way to take pride in."
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10595005/1/Hermione-Granger-and-the-Marriage-Law-Revolution Hermione Granger and the Marriage Law Revolution]]'' [[spoiler: Minister of Magic]] Hermione Granger and [[spoiler:Chief Warlock]] Harry Potter realize they have
a serious problem when they learn that Neville [[spoiler: may run for Minister of Magic]] and one of the first things they think of is Peace Mission to kill him to make sure he won't restore the old regime. They thus make sure someone sane and wise takes their place and get some much needed therapy.
* Viletta Nu is forced to oversee the distribution of medical supplies to refugee Elevens in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9919523/7/Code-Geass-Redo-of-the-Rebellion Code Geass: Redo of the Rebellion]]'' and has to fight from being physically sick at how many wounded there are, especially at the realization several of them are from the Shinjuku Massacre.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6051938/1/The-Sealed-Kunai The Sealed Kunai]]'', Konan starts to realize Akatsuki is evil when she and Pain fight Naruto and Jiraiya inside Amegakure. Unlike their other battles that were
Minbar. After pointing out in the wilderness or villages they didn't care about, this one left half the village in ruins and thousands dead, causing her to realize what kind of suffering Akatsuki has been (and will be) responsible for.
* An important plot point in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8914586/35/Harry-Potter-Junior-Inquisitor Harry Potter: Junior Inquisitor]]'' is the Order of the Phoenix learning that not only is the entire order being coerced and/or blackmailed by Dumbledore, but
that the crimes they've committed on his orders Minbari had killed an Asari Matriarch during an earlier battle during the war and that, by the Minbari's logic, the Asari had every right to exterminate ''them'', among other things. The Shai Alyt has a combination of this and a OhCrap moment realizing that there are far worse than anything most of only two ways their war with the Terran Systems Alliance will end; either they make peace with them, or the Citadel Council will crush them were being blackmailed for. Particularly noteworthy is when Bill, who got his job after Dumbledore lied about his NEWT scores, reacts to [[spoiler: Fawkes liberating most of the order from the ministry by throwing himself away from the bird]].
** It's driven home further when, [[spoiler:Dumbledore doesn't stop Snape from using the Cruciatus on Harry but hexes someone for stopping Snape.]]
like a grape.



* In the backstory of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11175004/8/Star-Wars-Episode-I-The-Familiar-of-Zero Star Wars Episode I: The Familiar of Zero]]'', Guiche is part of a prank on Louise (as revenge for the damage her explosions cause) that starts with him asking her on a date. Throughout their dinner, he realizes what a wonderful (if magically inept) person Louise is and when she's knocked out by her drugged meal and several students write crude things all over her, Guiche breaks down crying over how he strung her along. Her sheer joy that a guy like him noticed her just makes it worse for him. Guiche later admits to another student that afterwards, he didn't beg forgiveness because he couldn't stand the idea of Louise feeling anything for him besides hatred and revulsion. It's why he doesn't begrudge Louise's familiar for leaving him in constant agony from her Force Lightning, as it's no less than he deserved.
* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', Robert has a few of this as he gets back on his feet (metaphorically speaking), realizing how badly he has been messing things since the Rebellion. He pointedly tells his brothers that he has been a horrible brother, particularly to Stannis, who has done so much for him without receiving a just reward.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Cross's words on tolerance and "perpetuating hate for hate's sake" make Hancock, Marigold, and Sandersonia realize they've become far too similar to the World Nobles they despise.

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* In the backstory of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11175004/8/Star-Wars-Episode-I-The-Familiar-of-Zero Star Wars Episode I: net/s/9919523/7/Code-Geass-Redo-of-the-Rebellion Code Geass: Redo of the Rebellion]]'': Viletta Nu is forced to oversee the distribution of medical supplies to refugee Elevens and has to fight from being physically sick at how many wounded there are, especially at the realization several of them are from the Shinjuku Massacre.
* ''Fanfic/TheDarkSideOfTheMirrorVerse'':
** [[spoiler:Mirror Fluttershy]] has one of these when [[spoiler:Captain Goodguy/Mirror Discord makes her realize [[TheWoobie Rainbow Crash's]] current [[BrokenBird issues]] are partially her fault thanks to her BystanderSyndrome meaning she never helped her when she was being bullied severely by [[KnightOfCerebus Mirror Spitfire]] as a filly, and pointing out had Gilda had the same attitude, [[DrivenToSuicide things may have been much worse]]]]. It ''really'' sinks in when [[spoiler:Mirror Twilight's MadScientist activities (which Fluttershy had noticed but ignored) result in Twilight [[SuperpoweredEvilSide becoming a Nightmare]] and nearly destroying Canterlot, resulting in Fluttershy finally ''acting'' and coming to help stop her]].
** [[spoiler:Mirror Twilight]] has one of her own when [[spoiler:she's defeated in her Nightmare form and restored to sanity by the Elements of Harmony, realizing she was just living out a power fantasy she never wanted to come true and [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone nearly destroyed Canterlot as a result]]]].
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5537220/20/The-Darkest-Light
The Familiar of Zero]]'', Guiche is part of a prank on Louise (as Darkest Light]]'', Tenten practiced for months with her team so they could kill Naruto/Naruichi in revenge for how (they think) he wronged them. As Tenten leads Naruichi to the damage her explosions cause) that starts with him asking her on a date. Throughout ambush site, their dinner, he realizes conversation causes her to realize that what a wonderful (if magically inept) person Louise they plan on doing is wrong and Naruichi is an innocent masseur. Of course, it helps that except for Lee (who lost his parents to the Kyuubi), everything bad that happened to them from interacting with Naruichi was their own fault.
** It sinks in even further
when she's knocked out by Gai asks why Tenten attempted to murder Naruichi and upon hearing her drugged meal answer, that she was jealous of Naruichi's skill and several students write crude things all over hated him for it, asks her, Guiche breaks down crying over how he strung her along. Her sheer joy "Hated enough to kill?"
* [[spoiler:Trian Aeducan]] has one in ''Fanfic/DragonAgeTheCrownofThorns'' and it's bad enough
that he [[spoiler:becomes unable to sleep properly, falls into a guy like depression he can only distract himself from by abusing his body through incessant workout, and this is when he's not having a HeroicBSOD. Gorim, surprisingly enough, tries to get him noticed her just makes it worse for him. Guiche later admits to another student that afterwards, he didn't beg forgiveness because he couldn't stand the idea out of Louise feeling anything for him besides hatred and revulsion. It's why it, but he doesn't begrudge Louise's familiar have much luck because of how both of them are half-convinced the dwarven noble protagonist is dead, so he has his own grief to work out. Trian only really manages to emotionally recover, somewhat, when he discovers his talent for leaving him in constant agony sculpting, something that happens ''weeks'' after the realization. Things aren't made much better by what happens with the king and the city-state itself afterwards]]. Let's just say those weren't the best few months of his life.
** [[spoiler:King Endrin Aeducan]] is a sort of aversion because he knows what he's doing is wrong
from her Force Lightning, as the get go. Still, his [[spoiler:deathbed scene]] finally has him putting it into words, but it's no less than far, ''far'' too late by then, or so he deserved.
* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', Robert
thinks. [[spoiler:It actually wasn't, since everything had gone according to one of the DN's plans, but Endrin actually ''chooses'' to die because he didn't want to face his second son when he came back]]. It's just a very small point in his favor that [[spoiler:part of the reason for his decision to give up on life before the second eldest prince has a few of this as he gets back on his feet (metaphorically speaking), realizing how badly he has been messing things since chance to return is the Rebellion. He pointedly tells his brothers fact that he has been a horrible brother, particularly doesn't want to Stannis, who has done so much for put Raonar through the experience of having a second parent die in front of him]]. Needless to say, [[spoiler:the second son in question quite rightfully calls him without receiving a just reward.
stupid old man when he finds out]].
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Cross's words on tolerance and "perpetuating hate for hate's sake" make Hancock, Marigold, and Sandersonia ''[[FanFic/EquestriaAHistoryRevealed Equestria: A History Revealed]]'', only following her forces' defeat at the Battle of Canterlot, does Princess Luna realize the magnitude of everything she did in starting the Equestrian Civil War, and then suffers from a VillainousBSOD.
* In ''Fanfic/{{Forward}}'', a ''Series/{{Firefly}}'' fanfic, there are two instances of this:
** Colonel Dannett, a combat instructor for [[SchoolForScheming the Academy]], realized what a monster he was becoming and had to decide between retirement and suicide. He chose to retire, but is still haunted enough by what he did that [[spoiler: when River comes after him, he is willing to let her kill him for revenge]]. Fortunately, [[spoiler: River spares and forgives him]].
** The second instance comes later on, with Inducer One-One-Nine, who is an [[spoiler: eight-year-old]] psychic that can control emotions and thoughts, and went on a massive murder spree. She only comes to realize the horror of what she's done when [[spoiler: Zoe shoots her in the stomach and she lays dying]].
* An important plot point in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8914586/35/Harry-Potter-Junior-Inquisitor Harry Potter: Junior Inquisitor]]'' is the Order of the Phoenix learning that not only is the entire order being coerced and/or blackmailed by Dumbledore, but that the crimes
they've become committed on his orders are far too similar worse than anything most of them were being blackmailed for. Particularly noteworthy is when Bill, who got his job after Dumbledore lied about his NEWT scores, reacts to [[spoiler: Fawkes liberating most of the order from the ministry by throwing himself away from the bird]].
** It's driven home further when, [[spoiler:Dumbledore doesn't stop Snape from using the Cruciatus on Harry but hexes someone for stopping Snape]].
* In the dark![[Franchise/HarryPotter Harry]] [[AlternateUniverseFic AU]] ''{{FanFic/Heir}}'' after Voldemort tasks Harry and Tom with running distraction duty at Hogwarts by setting the Basilisk loose on the student body they had originally picked the muggle-born Hermione Granger to be one of their first victims, but after a week of stalking Hermione, Harry and Tom realize how ''brilliant'' she is and [[YouWillBeSpared decide to choose a different target]]. When Harry and Tom give their report at the next Death Eater meeting and explain why they switched targets this even gets ''Voldemort'' thinking that maybe he was wrong about Muggle-borns.
* In [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10089204/19/Yet-More-Fragments one]] Literature/HarryPotter story, Harry explains
to the World Nobles Order of the Phoenix that given Snape's treatment of any non-Slytherin in his class, almost every job that requires a NEWT in potions (politics, aurors, healers, etc) is staffed near exclusively with Slytherins who buy into Voldermort's ideals. While checking the Order's reactions, Harry's surprised to note that Snape is one of those looking shocked.
* ''FanFic/HerInnerDemons'': The Shadowbolts suffered a brutal one when Sci-Twilight explains [[spoiler: her transformation into Midnight Sparkle]] was partly a result of their pressure and ridicule. The shame Lemon Zest and Sunny Flare was so bad, it caused them to StressVomit. Twilight herself is ashamed for letting her anger turn her [[spoiler: into a monster]], even though the Shadowbolts claim she had every right to be angry.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10595005/1/Hermione-Granger-and-the-Marriage-Law-Revolution Hermione Granger and the Marriage Law Revolution]]'' [[spoiler: Minister of Magic]] Hermione Granger and [[spoiler:Chief Warlock]] Harry Potter realize
they despise.have a serious problem when they learn that Neville [[spoiler: may run for Minister of Magic]] and one of the first things they think of is to kill him to make sure he won't restore the old regime. They thus make sure someone sane and wise takes their place and get some much needed therapy.



* ''Fanfic/AChangedWorld'': Eleya realizes she's about to order a shipload of Klingons killed simply for being Klingons, rather than because they represent a threat.
-->"No. No. I refuse. I won't be that person."
* ''FanFic/HerInnerDemons'': The Shadowbolts suffered a brutal one when Sci-Twilight explains [[spoiler: her transformation into Midnight Sparkle]] was partly a result of their pressure and ridicule. The shame Lemon Zest and Sunny Flare was so bad, it caused them to StressVomit. Twilight herself is ashamed for letting her anger turn her [[spoiler: into a monster]], even though the Shadowbolts claim she had every right to be angry.

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* ''Fanfic/AChangedWorld'': Eleya In ''Fanfic/TheInfiniteLoops'', Pinkie Pie realizes that her constant hounding of Candy Cane (aka Ciphias Cain) to get him to party with her only hurts him and makes him fear her, which is something she'd ''never'' want with anyone. She tries to make it up to him with a Get-Out-Of-Party-Free card.
* In ''FanFic/InnerDemons'', a recently {{Face Heel Turn}}ed [[spoiler: Sweetie Belle]] ''almost'' has one when she sees how bad [[FallenHero Twilight]] [[BigBad Sparkle]] has become. Unfortunately, an [[NiceJobBreakingItHero ill-worded speech]] from Rarity hits an emotional trigger [[ManipulativeBastard Twilight]] planted earlier, causing her to backslide and join up with Twilight fully.
** She has another one when [[spoiler: Rarity is [[DisneyDeath nearly killed]] by [[TheDragon Trixie]] while protecting her]]. Apple Bloom has to [[ArmorPiercingSlap help it]] stick this time, and she ends up sinking into a VillainousBSOD.
* Night in ''FanFic/LightAndDarkTheAdventuresOfDarkYagami'':
-->''"Look Mr L dude" dark said darkly. "I just want to blow up the world is that so evil?"''
-->''"Yes because then where will the kiddies live?"''
-->''Night looked shocked and stopped signing''.
-->''"BRO! I NEVER FORT OF THAT!"''
* In ''FanFic/OriginStory'', the slow realization that the government is now hounding an innocent teenage girl solely because she is as powerful as she is (she's a Kryptonian, after all) and not because she violated any law despite what he has been told, causes [[IronMan Tony Stark]] to have one of these. It especially hits home after he's shown conclusively that the Registration Act effectively ignores the 13th Amendment. That's the one that outlaws ''slavery''.
* In ''Fanfic/PerfectionIsOverrated'', [[Anime/MaiHime Nao]] goes through a gradual one over time, as she realizes how much her mother's being put into a coma has affected her life by causing her to become a selfish and vengeful loner, starting when she is forced to ensure that it happens lest history be altered enough to cause a temporal paradox. After a chance encounter with Mai in the hospital, Nao realizes that Mai has, in the years since her parents' deaths, dedicated herself to something constructive in caring for Takumi, while Nao realizes how little robbing perverts eases her own pain. Eventually, she undergoes positive CharacterDevelopment and becomes a better person, particularly [[NotSoDifferent after realizing her similarity with Natsuki]].
* The ''Fanfic/PonyPOVSeries'' RecursiveFanfiction ''[[Fanfic/PonyPOVSeriesChaosVerse Discord: Not One Of A Kind]]'' (declared an official AlternateUniverse) has this happen to [[spoiler:'''Discord''' (well, an alternate one implied to be the canon version). Bored with being SealedEvilInACan but unable to do much of anything about it other than send a piece of his spirit out to observe Equestria (which at present mostly consists of [[AndThereWasMuchRejoicing celebration of his defeat]]), he sends it to the Truth to take a look, and sees [[BadFuture the Dark World]] where [[TheBadGuyWins he won]]. Upon witnessing how bad Dark World!Discord is, he realizes he's no different and is nearly [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone completely broken by guilt]]. Thankfully, Twilight Tragedy finding the stars to still be beautiful, even in the horrible alternate future snaps him out of it and [[HeelFaceTurn redeems him]]]].
* Naruto in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10917821/26/The-questionable-burdens-of-leadership-of-a-troll-Emperor The (Questionable) Burdens of Leadership of a Troll Emperor]]'', makes a would-be assassin realize how evil his group is by forcing him to psychically feel the suffering of some of the people his group's actions hurt.
* At the climax of the ''FanFic/RainboomsAndRoyalty'' sequel ''May the Best Friends Win'', [[spoiler: Rainbow Dash calls out Trixie on [[{{Jerkass}} her behavior]], which forces her to face just how vile
she's about truly acted, leading to her becoming a better pony]].
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8988902/1/Reconciliator-of-Empire-City Reconciliator of Empire City]]'', [[{{VideoGame/inFamous}} Cole [=MacGrath=]]] has convinced [[ComicBook/XMen Kitty Pryde]] that she is the real bad guy during the ''Astonishing X-Men'' issues, not Emma Frost, whom [[ReformedButRejected she distrusts of]].
-->'''Kitty''': You're right. You're right all this time. I'm the bad guy here, not Emma.
* In ''FanFic/RobbReturns'', Robert has a few of this as he gets back on his feet (metaphorically speaking), realizing how badly he has been messing things since the Rebellion. He pointedly tells his brothers that he has been a horrible brother, particularly to Stannis, who has done so much for him without receiving a just reward.
* ''FanFic/RosarioVampireBrightestDarkness Act III'': Akua and Kahlua help Kiria in his plan to use the Chrono Displacement spell to rewrite history with the intent to make their father Issa one of the top dark lords of the world in the new timeline. In the final chapter, they get hit with this big time when they discover that Kiria actually planned to alter history so he would be the most powerful monster in existence, and part of said plan would have had him infect the two with [[PsychoSerum Blackheart]] and sent back in time to destroy Issa's empire from within. The two spend the next three acts trying to atone for their mistake.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6051938/1/The-Sealed-Kunai The Sealed Kunai]]'', Konan starts to realize Akatsuki is evil when she and Pain fight Naruto and Jiraiya inside Amegakure. Unlike their other battles that were out in the wilderness or villages they didn't care about, this one left half the village in ruins and thousands dead, causing her to realize what kind of suffering Akatsuki has been (and will be) responsible for.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11590432/7/Second-Time-s-the-Charm Second Time's the Charm]]'', Zero forces an epiphany on Jeremiah Gottwald in
order a shipload of Klingons killed simply to lay the groundwork for him becoming Orange again. Notably, before attack on Saitama, Jeremiah hears Cornelia's declaration of war being Klingons, rather than because they represent a threat.
-->"No. No. I refuse. I won't be
"struggle between life and pride" and thinks to himself that person.slaughtering an entire neighborhood on the chance that Zero will show up is "nothing to take pride in."
* ''FanFic/HerInnerDemons'': The Shadowbolts suffered In ''FanFic/SeventhHorcrux'', Hermione, who Harry has been accusing of being evil since her plan to knock out Crabbe and Goyle, replace them using Polyjuice, and interrogate Draco Malfoy back in second year, comes to a brutal one heel realization when Sci-Twilight explains Harry and Ron confront her over obliviating her parents and sending them to Australia. When she expresses worry that she might be turning into the next Dark Lord, [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Harry points out that Voldemort probably won't like that, so they'll have to kill him anyways]].
* In ''Fanfic/SomeSemblanceOfMeaning'', the Literature/HungerGames fanfic, [[spoiler:Obsidian]] has one after realizing [[spoiler:how ruthless his fellow Careers are]] and recognizing that [[spoiler:he feels guilty about the kills he has made]].
* In the backstory of ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11175004/8/Star-Wars-Episode-I-The-Familiar-of-Zero Star Wars Episode I: The Familiar of Zero]]'', Guiche is part of a prank on Louise (as revenge for the damage her explosions cause) that starts with him asking her on a date. Throughout their dinner, he realizes what a wonderful (if magically inept) person Louise is and when she's knocked out by her drugged meal and several students write crude things all over her, Guiche breaks down crying over how he strung her along. Her sheer joy that a guy like him noticed her just makes it worse for him. Guiche later admits to another student that afterwards, he didn't beg forgiveness because he couldn't stand the idea of Louise feeling anything for him besides hatred and revulsion. It's why he doesn't begrudge Louise's familiar for leaving him in constant agony from her Force Lightning, as it's no less than he deserved.
* In ''FanFic/ThisBites'', Cross's words on tolerance and "perpetuating hate for hate's sake" make Hancock, Marigold, and Sandersonia realize they've become far too similar to the World Nobles they despise.
* The main character in ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/114049/this-is-the-life-a-tale-of-a-human-in-equestria This is the Life: A Tale of a Human in Equestria]]'' has one after hiding from Pinkie Pie so he won't have to attend her party, only to come to the realization she's trying so hard to invite him (read:literally hunting around town for him) because she thinks he doesn't have many friends and wants him to have a fun time and meet some people.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' story, ''[[Fanfic/LegacyTotalDrama Legacy]]'', Heather reached out to Lindsay after the latter
[[spoiler: lost her transformation into Midnight Sparkle]] was partly a result of their pressure and ridicule. baby]], but Lindsay [[ReformedButRejected did not acknowledge the gesture]]. Lindsay did respond to condolences from Courtney, among others, so Heather assumed that old resentments still lingered. The shame Lemon Zest and Sunny Flare was so bad, it caused them to StressVomit. Twilight herself is ashamed incident left Heather questioning, for letting the first time, the wisdom of her anger game strategy.
* Fai has a gradual one in '' Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'' after he confronts Syaoran on his drinking: he wants Syaoran to ask him for help but realizes due to his previous coldness he is the last person Syaoran would
turn her [[spoiler: into to. Kurogane points out that Fai treats Syaoran as if he's a monster]], even though ghost instead his own person, a problem not helped by the Shadowbolts claim she had every right fact that Fai hasn't actually spoken much to Syaoran since Tokyo, which was several months ago in-story.
* In the ATLA fanfic [[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/6877506/1/Undone Undone]], Jeong Jeong has one after realizing that the Fire Nation has murdered children in the Earth Kingdom, and that while they may not
be angry. Fire Nation, the Earth Kingdom's people are still people. Iroh has one at the end as well, after Lu Ten dies.
* ''[[http://www.fimfiction.net/story/90557/why Why]]'', which is another ''My Little Pony'' example; it expands on Discord's from "Keep Calm and Flutter On" (taking place between his Heel Realization and the final scene). When the Mane Six confront him over his change of heart, he explains his Heel Realization in more detail;
--> '''Discord''': I lost the last time because [[EvilCannotComprehendGood I didnít understand your friendship]] as well as I thought I did, and once I finally did understand itÖ[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone I realize how it mustíve felt when I broke yours apart]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls'', [[spoiler:it eventually dawns on Trout and Pickles that they're ''not'' the good guys, and all it takes to get them to rebel against Snatcher is an ArmorPiercingQuestion from Winnie.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheBoxtrolls'', [[spoiler:it eventually dawns on Trout and Pickles that they're ''not'' the good guys, and all it takes to get them to rebel against Snatcher is an ArmorPiercingQuestion from Winnie.]]Winnie]].



* In ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'', after Bowler Hat Guy checked off everything on his villain agenda except the last entry, which he marked with a "?," he faced a "NowWhat" moment and realized that whereas the Robinson family had vastly improved the quality of life in the world in the span of a couple of decades, Bowler Hat Guy's actions had been nothing but destructive for petty reasons. Without a direction for himself anymore, Bowler Hat Guy starts thinking about reforming. The bowler hat, Doris, figures this out (ItMakesSenseInContext) and [[spoiler: takes matters into her own robotic hands, and it takes the combined efforts of the Robinsons, Lewis, and the former Bowler Hat Guy to stop her.]]

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* In ''Disney/MeetTheRobinsons'', after Bowler Hat Guy checked off everything on his villain agenda except the last entry, which he marked with a "?," he faced a "NowWhat" moment and realized that whereas the Robinson family had vastly improved the quality of life in the world in the span of a couple of decades, Bowler Hat Guy's actions had been nothing but destructive for petty reasons. Without a direction for himself anymore, Bowler Hat Guy starts thinking about reforming. The bowler hat, Doris, figures this out (ItMakesSenseInContext) and [[spoiler: takes matters into her own robotic hands, and it takes the combined efforts of the Robinsons, Lewis, and the former Bowler Hat Guy to stop her.]]her]].



* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': [[BigBad Sunset Shimmer]] a pretty dramatic one. [[spoiler:Whatever she was expecting the Element of Magic to do, she wasn't expecting it to turn her into a demon. Before her transformation, she hadn't been willing to threaten a puppy; after it, she tried to outright kill Twilight.]] After the Humane Six stopped her, she understood that she had been the bad guy even before this, and promptly repented. ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Rainbow Rocks]]'' shows us details; she's harder on her past self than the Humane Five are (Rarity, who Sunset wronged more than the others, is particularly forgiving), and directs a great deal of scorn and sarcasm at herself.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', the other members of Crystal Prep's Shadowbolts team are horrified that their determination to win [[spoiler:led to the actual human Twilight Sparkle being transformed into the monstrous Midnight Sparkle. So much so that, when Midnight goes on a reality-breaking spree, the girls quickly aid the others in saving those dangling in the holes from falling in.]] Once everything is set back to normal, the girls are a lot more apologetic and friendlier and no longer care about winning (much to their she-devil principal Cinch's fiery disgrace).

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* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls'': [[BigBad Sunset Shimmer]] a pretty dramatic one. [[spoiler:Whatever she was expecting the Element of Magic to do, she wasn't expecting it to turn her into a demon. Before her transformation, she hadn't been willing to threaten a puppy; after it, she tried to outright kill Twilight.]] Twilight]]. After the Humane Six stopped her, she understood that she had been the bad guy even before this, and promptly repented. ''[[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirls Rainbow Rocks]]'' shows us details; she's harder on her past self than the Humane Five are (Rarity, who Sunset wronged more than the others, is particularly forgiving), and directs a great deal of scorn and sarcasm at herself.
** In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyEquestriaGirlsFriendshipGames'', the other members of Crystal Prep's Shadowbolts team are horrified that their determination to win [[spoiler:led to the actual human Twilight Sparkle being transformed into the monstrous Midnight Sparkle. So much so that, when Midnight goes on a reality-breaking spree, the girls quickly aid the others in saving those dangling in the holes from falling in.]] in]]. Once everything is set back to normal, the girls are a lot more apologetic and friendlier and no longer care about winning (much to their she-devil principal Cinch's fiery disgrace).



-->"My God. I've heard a rant like this before... You sound like the Morning Star... You sound like [[TheDevil Lucifer]], man! You've fucking ''lost'' it! You are not talking about going home, Bartleby, you are talking fucking ''war on God!'' Well fuck that! I've seen what happens to the [[{{Pride}} proud]] when they try to take on the throne... [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere I'm going back to Wisconsin.]]"

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-->"My God. I've heard a rant like this before... You sound like the Morning Star... You sound like [[TheDevil Lucifer]], man! You've fucking ''lost'' it! You are not talking about going home, Bartleby, you are talking fucking ''war on God!'' Well fuck that! I've seen what happens to the [[{{Pride}} proud]] when they try to take on the throne... [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere I'm going back to Wisconsin.]]"Wisconsin]]."



* Subverted in the Creator/BillPaxton film ''Film/{{Frailty}}'': [[spoiler:Fenton's father locks him in a cellar with minimal food and water until the boy comes to the realization that the family is destined to be God's warriors on earth, killing demons. Fenton later does have an epiphany... that he is one of the demons. He summarily kills his father with his own axe and instructs his brother Adam to bury him in the same rose garden all of the other demons were buried in, when the time comes for ''him'' to be killed.]]

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* Subverted in the Creator/BillPaxton film ''Film/{{Frailty}}'': [[spoiler:Fenton's father locks him in a cellar with minimal food and water until the boy comes to the realization that the family is destined to be God's warriors on earth, killing demons. Fenton later does have an epiphany... that he is one of the demons. He summarily kills his father with his own axe and instructs his brother Adam to bury him in the same rose garden all of the other demons were buried in, when the time comes for ''him'' to be killed.]]killed]].



* ''Film/HostelPartII'' plays it both ways. Two brothers are in town to enjoy the "products" of the MurderInc. [[spoiler:One of them is looking forward to the main event, but gets cold feet after accidentally mutilating his victim instead of just scaring her. [[BewareTheNiceOnes The other]] straps his victim back in after initially releasing her.]]
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Cato realizes before [[spoiler:his death]] that he spent his entire life being bred to be a pawn in the Capitol's scheme and even if he wins he is just a source of entertainment. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he then decides [[IgnoredEpiphany that he can still get one last kill in]], which sort of negates the sympathy the first part was trying to invoke.]]

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* ''Film/HostelPartII'' plays it both ways. Two brothers are in town to enjoy the "products" of the MurderInc. [[spoiler:One of them is looking forward to the main event, but gets cold feet after accidentally mutilating his victim instead of just scaring her. [[BewareTheNiceOnes The other]] straps his victim back in after initially releasing her.]]
her]].
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Cato realizes before [[spoiler:his death]] that he spent his entire life being bred to be a pawn in the Capitol's scheme and even if he wins he is just a source of entertainment. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, he then decides [[IgnoredEpiphany that he can still get one last kill in]], which sort of negates the sympathy the first part was trying to invoke.]]invoke]].



* Robert Ryan has one of these surprisingly early on as the violent detective Jim Wilson, in Creator/NicholasRay's 1951 thriller ''Film/OnDangerousGround''; the rest of the film is about his increasingly desperate attempt to pull off a genuine HeelFaceTurn. [[spoiler: Amazingly, he succeeds.]]

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* Robert Ryan has one of these surprisingly early on as the violent detective Jim Wilson, in Creator/NicholasRay's 1951 thriller ''Film/OnDangerousGround''; the rest of the film is about his increasingly desperate attempt to pull off a genuine HeelFaceTurn. [[spoiler: Amazingly, he succeeds.]]succeeds]].



* In ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', Toru Iwatani, the creator of VideoGame/PacMan, tries to invoke this on his creation. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]

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* In ''Film/{{Pixels}}'', Toru Iwatani, the creator of VideoGame/PacMan, tries to invoke this on his creation. [[spoiler:It doesn't work.]]work]].



* ''Film/SilentHill'' prominently features death by Heel Realization. [[spoiler: The cultists who burned the film's main antagonist as a child can hole up in their church only until they realize, at least subconsciously, that what they did was wrong. They don't attempt to redeem themselves afterward, [[HeelFaceDoorSlam although it seems unlikely that they would have been given a chance to, seeing as how their victim is so far gone that she is literally incapable of anything but hate]].]]

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* ''Film/SilentHill'' prominently features death by Heel Realization. [[spoiler: The cultists who burned the film's main antagonist as a child can hole up in their church only until they realize, at least subconsciously, that what they did was wrong. They don't attempt to redeem themselves afterward, [[HeelFaceDoorSlam although it seems unlikely that they would have been given a chance to, seeing as how their victim is so far gone that she is literally incapable of anything but hate]].]]hate]]]].



* ''Film/SpiderMan2'': "I will not die a monster!", exclaimed Doc Ock after his realization. [[DyingAsYourself And he did not.]]

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* ''Film/SpiderMan2'': "I will not die a monster!", exclaimed Doc Ock after his realization. [[DyingAsYourself And he did not.]]not]].



* [[spoiler: Elijah Price]] at the end of the film ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''. [[spoiler:Unlike most examples, he is happy with the revelation since he finally had a purpose in life, and triumphant music plays in the background during this scene.]]
-->[[spoiler:"In a comic, do you know who the arch-villain is going to be? He is the exact opposite of the hero. And most times they are friends like you and me. I should have known way back when. You know why David? Because of the kids! They called me Mr. Glass."]]
* Temir and Leo in ''Film/WhenDarknessFalls'', after [[spoiler:murdering their sister Nina together with their whole family. After that, their other sister Leyla reports the crime to the police and the two brothers save Leyla before the family can kill her too.]]
* A minor one, but in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), deflects a bullet... straight into his best friend's back, paralyzing him. His expression suddenly changes from rage and defiance to shock and horror as he realizes that ''maybe'' he's not doing the right thing. [[spoiler: Like brutally killing a man that his aforementioned best friend was psychically linked to, therefore forcing him to feel the pain of his death, almost slaughtering thousands of (mostly) innocent humans, and setting off on a crusade to end humanity.]]

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* [[spoiler: Elijah Price]] at the end of the film ''Film/{{Unbreakable}}''. [[spoiler:Unlike most examples, he is happy with the revelation since he finally had a purpose in life, and triumphant music plays in the background during this scene.]]
-->[[spoiler:"In
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-->"[[spoiler:In
a comic, do you know who the arch-villain is going to be? He is the exact opposite of the hero. And most times they are friends like you and me. I should have known way back when. You know why David? Because of the kids! They called me Mr. Glass."]]
Glass]]."
* Temir and Leo in ''Film/WhenDarknessFalls'', after [[spoiler:murdering their sister Nina together with their whole family. After that, their other sister Leyla reports the crime to the police and the two brothers save Leyla before the family can kill her too.]]
too]].
* A minor one, but in ''Film/XMenFirstClass'', Erik Lehnsherr (Magneto), deflects a bullet... straight into his best friend's back, paralyzing him. His expression suddenly changes from rage and defiance to shock and horror as he realizes that ''maybe'' he's not doing the right thing. [[spoiler: Like brutally killing a man that his aforementioned best friend was psychically linked to, therefore forcing him to feel the pain of his death, almost slaughtering thousands of (mostly) innocent humans, and setting off on a crusade to end humanity.]]humanity]].



* ''Literature/AdventureHunters'': Ryvas wanted to use golems to end the loss of human life in wars. [[spoiler: When he discovers that the golems are just as alive and sentient as himself, he surrenders and peacefully goes to jail.]]

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* ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is essentially one long heel realization by Scrooge.
* ''Literature/AdventureHunters'': Ryvas wanted to use golems to end the loss of human life in wars. [[spoiler: When he discovers that the golems are just as alive and sentient as himself, he surrenders and peacefully goes to jail.]]jail]].



* A mild version occurs in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' when Ren explains to Jerin that [[spoiler:he is allowed to say 'no' to women.]] She mentions that she probably sounds "quite the hypocrite", as she [[spoiler:was quite insistent in her efforts to seduce Jerin.]]
* ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is essentially one long heel realization by Scrooge.

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* A mild version occurs in ''Literature/ABrothersPrice'' when Ren explains to Jerin that [[spoiler:he is allowed to say 'no' to women.]] women]]. She mentions that she probably sounds "quite the hypocrite", as she [[spoiler:was quite insistent in her efforts to seduce Jerin.]]
* ''Literature/AChristmasCarol'' is essentially one long heel realization by Scrooge.
Jerin]].



** Subverted in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' when Granny Weatherwax forces the monstrous queen of Lancre to see her TrueSelf. Instead of repenting, the queen declares that given the chance to start over she would've done everything the same, only harder. [[spoiler:She then suffers KarmicDeath...sort of.]] Which would make the above point "if know the difference... and are sane..."
** This is also a theme in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', which focuses on the redemption of the main character, Moist von Lipwig, a professional conman. In the process, the novel subverts the trope LoveableRogue by constantly pointing out to Moist that his past crimes were just that: crimes, with far reaching negative consequences for many people, up to and including [[spoiler: his love interest, who lost her job at a bank as a result of one of his cons.]]

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** Subverted in ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' when Granny Weatherwax forces the monstrous queen of Lancre to see her TrueSelf. Instead of repenting, the queen declares that given the chance to start over she would've done everything the same, only harder. [[spoiler:She then suffers KarmicDeath...sort of.]] of]]. Which would make the above point "if know the difference... and are sane..."
** This is also a theme in ''Discworld/GoingPostal'', which focuses on the redemption of the main character, Moist von Lipwig, a professional conman. In the process, the novel subverts the trope LoveableRogue by constantly pointing out to Moist that his past crimes were just that: crimes, with far reaching negative consequences for many people, up to and including [[spoiler: his love interest, who lost her job at a bank as a result of one of his cons.]]cons]].



** Has one of these that he confesses to the avatar of his consciousness when [[spoiler: a photocopy of the Fallen Angel Lasciel in his head]]. , his consciousness points out that Harry really doesn't have a choice, and that taking the high road means everyone dies. He then pointed out that Harry has the capacity to do good with the evil he agreed to working with. Later, Harry and Michael discuss this somewhat.
** Then, [[spoiler: Lasciel's copy]] has one of these. [[spoiler: To emphasize, Harry is so stubborn that he got the ''shadow of a Fallen Angel'' to turn back to good.]]
** Later, when Harry [[spoiler: is dead in Ghost Story]], he realizes what his decisions in the previous book did to his friends, especially Molly. [[spoiler: It turns out that accepting a devil's bargain in front of your partially-reformed warlock wizardling apprentice is a ''bad'' idea, and that she learns from your example.]]

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** Has one of these that he confesses to the avatar of his consciousness when [[spoiler: a photocopy of the Fallen Angel Lasciel in his head]]. , his His consciousness points out that Harry really doesn't have a choice, and that taking the high road means everyone dies. He then pointed out that Harry has the capacity to do good with the evil he agreed to working with. Later, Harry and Michael discuss this somewhat.
** Then, [[spoiler: Lasciel's copy]] has one of these. [[spoiler: To emphasize, Harry is so stubborn that he got the ''shadow of a Fallen Angel'' to turn back to good.]]
good]].
** Later, when Harry [[spoiler: is dead in Ghost Story]], he realizes what his decisions in the previous book did to his friends, especially Molly. [[spoiler: It turns out that accepting a devil's bargain in front of your partially-reformed warlock wizardling apprentice is a ''bad'' idea, and that she learns from your example.]]example]].



* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', Adam Young realizes he's done something terrible when he [[spoiler:uses his powers on his friends to make them obey him.]] Thankfully, this helps him to [[spoiler:ultimately become an AntiAntiChrist.]]

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* In ''Literature/GoodOmens'', Adam Young realizes he's done something terrible when he [[spoiler:uses his powers on his friends to make them obey him.]] him]]. Thankfully, this helps him to [[spoiler:ultimately become an AntiAntiChrist.]]AntiAntiChrist]].



** Ditto on [[spoiler: Dudley, who realizes exactly what he has become when attacked by Dementors in book 5]]

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** Ditto on [[spoiler: Dudley, who realizes exactly what he has become when attacked by Dementors in book 5]]5]].



** Jack [=McBride=] in ''Torch of Freedom'' comes to the conclusion halfway through the book that promoting slavery and plotting to take over the known galaxy is bad, [[spoiler:and reacts by setting up a defection by a major researcher and then blowing up the Gamma center.]]

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** Jack [=McBride=] in ''Torch of Freedom'' comes to the conclusion halfway through the book that promoting slavery and plotting to take over the known galaxy is bad, [[spoiler:and reacts by setting up a defection by a major researcher and then blowing up the Gamma center.]]center]].



* This is the [[TitleDrop source of the title]] of ''Literature/IAmLegend''. [[spoiler:The protagonist is indiscriminately killing the vampires who have reformed and learned to control their urges and realizes at the end he has become a monster to ''them''.]]

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* This is the [[TitleDrop source of the title]] of ''Literature/IAmLegend''. [[spoiler:The protagonist is indiscriminately killing the vampires who have reformed and learned to control their urges and realizes at the end he has become a monster to ''them''.]]''them'']].



* ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing'' has a variation: he's not the villain, but instead he's the weird side character to someone else's journey. [[spoiler:He eventually kills the hero and takes over his duties, to disastrous results.]] Then in ''The Woad to Wuin'', when he wakes up from a coma, he realizes what ''"he's"'' done while he was "sleeping" and is scared out of his wits. When he realizes the same force that controlled him then makes him indestructible... well, [[FaceHeelTurn he falls into the evil]] [[JumpedAtTheCall well face-first]].

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* ''Literature/SirAproposOfNothing'' has a variation: he's not the villain, but instead he's the weird side character to someone else's journey. [[spoiler:He eventually kills the hero and takes over his duties, to disastrous results.]] results]]. Then in ''The Woad to Wuin'', when he wakes up from a coma, he realizes what ''"he's"'' done while he was "sleeping" and is scared out of his wits. When he realizes the same force that controlled him then makes him indestructible... well, [[FaceHeelTurn he falls into the evil]] [[JumpedAtTheCall well face-first]].



* ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'' spends its second half working towards this, with Queen Orual gaining revelation after revelation that complicates her perceptions of herself. [[spoiler:It culminates in her long-awaited chance to read her accusation against the gods ... but it comes out the way her inner self ''meant'' it, not the way she wrote it.]]

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* ''Literature/TillWeHaveFaces'' spends its second half working towards this, with Queen Orual gaining revelation after revelation that complicates her perceptions of herself. [[spoiler:It culminates in her long-awaited chance to read her accusation against the gods ... but it comes out the way her inner self ''meant'' it, not the way she wrote it.]]it]].



** In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''Fulgrim'', Fulgrim realizes how great his betrayal is when he is fighting [[spoiler: Ferrus Manus; his [[EvilWeapon sword]] gets him to kill Ferrus Manus anyway, saying he will kill him otherwise, and then, when Fulgrim says "WhatHaveIDone", it lets him realize the depths of his crime, and that his view of Ferrus Manus had been formed by spiteful misinterpretation of his deeds.]]

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** In Creator/GrahamMcNeill's ''Fulgrim'', Fulgrim realizes how great his betrayal is when he is fighting [[spoiler: Ferrus Manus; his [[EvilWeapon sword]] gets him to kill Ferrus Manus anyway, saying he will kill him otherwise, and then, when Fulgrim says "WhatHaveIDone", it lets him realize the depths of his crime, and that his view of Ferrus Manus had been formed by spiteful misinterpretation of his deeds.]]deeds]].



* Pyotr Fursenko from the Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Warrior Class'' serves as the lead aerospace engineer for the BigBad Pavel Kazakov. Detached from the atrocities by his distance from the fighting, the evil of his boss finally sinks in when he acts as GuyInBack on a bombing run [[spoiler: on the German embassy in Albania, complete with civilian protesters surrounding it.]]
* This is the central point in ''Film/TheWave'', where a teacher wants to show his class how UsefulNotes/NaziGermany came to be... and it all [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]] as they ''really'' begin to resemble Nazis. Various people have their Heel Realizations throughout the book, [[spoiler:including the whole class at the end.]]

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* Pyotr Fursenko from the Creator/DaleBrown novel ''Warrior Class'' serves as the lead aerospace engineer for the BigBad Pavel Kazakov. Detached from the atrocities by his distance from the fighting, the evil of his boss finally sinks in when he acts as GuyInBack on a bombing run [[spoiler: on the German embassy in Albania, complete with civilian protesters surrounding it.]]
it]].
* This is the central point in ''Film/TheWave'', where a teacher wants to show his class how UsefulNotes/NaziGermany came to be... and it all [[GoneHorriblyRight goes horribly right]] as they ''really'' begin to resemble Nazis. Various people have their Heel Realizations throughout the book, [[spoiler:including the whole class at the end.]]end]].



** Zack Allan was originally enticed into joining [[BlackShirt Nightwatch]] because of the extra pay it offered, but as he noticed Nightwatch get more and more oppressive, he began to resent his decision. Still, he stayed in and simply strove to involve himself as little as possible. All the time, his chief, Garibaldi, kept railing him for thinking it's a game when the consequences are getting very serious. Finally, as Nightwatch tries to take over the station, he lets slip that a bunch of Narns are coming in to replace them. The leader of the local Nightwatch musters every hand possible to capture them.[[spoiler:..putting all of them in one single secure location [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome which Zack promptly has sealed]]. After both sides having told him he had done the right thing, it's only ''at this point'', coming from a more-reassuring Garibaldi, that he feels he can believe it. Turning in the Nightwatch showed he was on the right side after all, and he would eventually become Chief of Security himself.]]
** In the fourth season, [[FictionFiveHundred William Edgars]], who during his MotiveRant, catches himself referring to "[[ANaziByAnyOtherName The Telepath Problem]]". He stops, [[WhatHaveIDone considers what he is saying]], then [[WellIntentionedExtremist resigns himself to it and presses on.]]
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' had an episode with two unrelated stories about this. One centered a around reunion between Leonard and a former bully, during which time he began to realize how much he'd hurt Leonard [[spoiler:until he wakes up the next morning fully sober and reverts to his older self]]. The other centered around [[spoiler:Penny]] realizing that she used to be a bully and trying to overcome her guilt upon realizing how much she hurt her classmates. [[spoiler:This doesn't go so well, as her attempt to salve her conscience by donating clothes to Goodwill ends with her ''taking'' clothes from the box.]]

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** Zack Allan was originally enticed into joining [[BlackShirt Nightwatch]] because of the extra pay it offered, but as he noticed Nightwatch get more and more oppressive, he began to resent his decision. Still, he stayed in and simply strove to involve himself as little as possible. All the time, his chief, Garibaldi, kept railing him for thinking it's a game when the consequences are getting very serious. Finally, as Nightwatch tries to take over the station, he lets slip that a bunch of Narns are coming in to replace them. The leader of the local Nightwatch musters every hand possible to capture them.[[spoiler:..putting all of them in one single secure location [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome which Zack promptly has sealed]]. After both sides having told him he had done the right thing, it's only ''at this point'', coming from a more-reassuring Garibaldi, that he feels he can believe it. Turning in the Nightwatch showed he was on the right side after all, and he would eventually become Chief of Security himself.]]
himself]].
** In the fourth season, [[FictionFiveHundred William Edgars]], who during his MotiveRant, catches himself referring to "[[ANaziByAnyOtherName The Telepath Problem]]". He stops, [[WhatHaveIDone considers what he is saying]], then [[WellIntentionedExtremist resigns himself to it and presses on.]]
on]].
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' had an episode with two unrelated stories about this. One centered a around reunion between Leonard and a former bully, during which time he began to realize how much he'd hurt Leonard [[spoiler:until he wakes up the next morning fully sober and reverts to his older self]]. The other centered around [[spoiler:Penny]] realizing that she used to be a bully and trying to overcome her guilt upon realizing how much she hurt her classmates. [[spoiler:This doesn't go so well, as her attempt to salve her conscience by donating clothes to Goodwill ends with her ''taking'' clothes from the box.]]box]].



** Jesse returns to this fairly often, frequently being the one with a conscience. [[spoiler:This hits its apex in season 5, when the group's actions result in the death of a kid and Jesse decides to retire from the meth game, no matter how much Walt tries to guilt him into staying.]]
** Walt has these moments himself on occasion, but tends to move past them quickly -- which is ironic since, by most standards, he's ''much worse'' than Jesse. The biggest one probably comes in season 4 in "Salud". As per usual, it doesn't stick. [[spoiler: Until, "Gliding Over All" in season 5.]]
*** The message finally seems to get through to him in [[spoiler:"Ozymandias". Unfortunately, it's not until Hank is dead and his entire family has been destroyed, their lives ruined by his actions and choices.]]

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** Jesse returns to this fairly often, frequently being the one with a conscience. [[spoiler:This hits its apex in season 5, when the group's actions result in the death of a kid and Jesse decides to retire from the meth game, no matter how much Walt tries to guilt him into staying.]]
staying]].
** Walt has these moments himself on occasion, but tends to move past them quickly -- which is ironic since, by most standards, he's ''much worse'' than Jesse. The biggest one probably comes in season 4 in "Salud". As per usual, it doesn't stick. [[spoiler: Until, "Gliding Over All" in season 5.]]
5]].
*** The message finally seems to get through to him in [[spoiler:"Ozymandias". [[spoiler:"Ozymandias." Unfortunately, it's not until Hank is dead and his entire family has been destroyed, their lives ruined by his actions and choices.]]choices]].



'''Fisk:''' It means that I am not the Samaritan. That I am not the priest or the Levite. That I am the ill intent that set upon the traveler on a road that ''he should not have been on.''

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'''Fisk:''' It means that I am not the Samaritan. That I am not the priest or the Levite. That I am the ill intent that set upon the traveler on a road that ''he should not have been on.''on''.



** Amy to Rory in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited "The Girl Who Waited"]], after realising that she ''doomed herself to wait thirty-six years being chased by killer robots to be rescued.''

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** Amy to Rory in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited "The Girl Who Waited"]], after realising that she ''doomed herself to wait thirty-six years being chased by killer robots to be rescued.''rescued''.



** [[spoiler:Topher begins to have this realization, and tries to fight it off with noble goals, such as saving Priya from a lifetime of sex slavery. Nonetheless, his scientific progress leads nowhere good, he holds himself responsible for the destruction his discoveries cause, and he goes insane.]]

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** [[spoiler:Topher begins to have this realization, and tries to fight it off with noble goals, such as saving Priya from a lifetime of sex slavery. Nonetheless, his scientific progress leads nowhere good, he holds himself responsible for the destruction his discoveries cause, and he goes insane.]]insane]].



* Tony Stonem in series 1 of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' comes to this conclusion after [[spoiler: his sister almost dies due to a revenge plot concocted by someone he screwed over in the previous episode and he relies on his best friend Sid, whose emotions he has been playing with for the entire series, to help save her. He then gets hit by a bus.]]

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* Tony Stonem in series 1 of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' comes to this conclusion after [[spoiler: his sister almost dies due to a revenge plot concocted by someone he screwed over in the previous episode and he relies on his best friend Sid, whose emotions he has been playing with for the entire series, to help save her. He then gets hit by a bus.]]bus]].



** The moment at the end of season four in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS04E22LuciferRising Lucifer Rising]]" after Sam has killed Lilith and Ruby revealed [[spoiler:that Lilith ''was'' the final seal, not the one who was going to break the final seal,]] is Sam's [[DownplayedTrope moment]] when he realizes he's just an UnwittingPawn who [[NiceJobBreakingItHero screwed up big time]] [[spoiler:and brought about the apocalypse]]. [[HeroicBSOD His face]] during Ruby's triumphal and extremely ill-advised [[EvilGloating monologue]] conveys complete devastation. He's barely even paying attention when he and Dean subsequently kill Ruby.
** There's an odd version in the season five episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS05E04TheEnd The End]]" when Dean realizes where his current path leads after he's sent into the future and [[FutureMeScaresMe meets himself.]]

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** The moment at the end of season four in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS04E22LuciferRising Lucifer Rising]]" after Sam has killed Lilith and Ruby revealed [[spoiler:that Lilith ''was'' the final seal, not the one who was going to break the final seal,]] seal]], is Sam's [[DownplayedTrope moment]] when he realizes he's just an UnwittingPawn who [[NiceJobBreakingItHero screwed up big time]] [[spoiler:and brought about the apocalypse]]. [[HeroicBSOD His face]] during Ruby's triumphal and extremely ill-advised [[EvilGloating monologue]] conveys complete devastation. He's barely even paying attention when he and Dean subsequently kill Ruby.
** There's an odd version in the season five episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS05E04TheEnd The End]]" when Dean realizes where his current path leads after he's sent into the future and [[FutureMeScaresMe meets himself.]]himself]].



* In an episode of ''Series/UltramanMebius'', the son of Alien Mates, (from the older series, ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'') comes to Earth to destroy humanity for killing his Father by using a monster, "Zoa Muruchi" to do so. However upon realizing the aftermath of his father's deathbed ([[spoiler:a boy whom befriended the original Mates spent his childhood and most of his life trying to dig up his ship in order to return it]]) Alien Mates goes through this, having realized that [[BaitTheDog he just sent his own monster to die]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone through blind ignorance and hatred]]. Ultimately, Mebius [[ShootTheDog has to do his duty as an Ultra and put the monster down.]]

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* In an episode of ''Series/UltramanMebius'', the son of Alien Mates, (from the older series, ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'') comes to Earth to destroy humanity for killing his Father by using a monster, "Zoa Muruchi" to do so. However upon realizing the aftermath of his father's deathbed ([[spoiler:a boy whom befriended the original Mates spent his childhood and most of his life trying to dig up his ship in order to return it]]) Alien Mates goes through this, having realized that [[BaitTheDog he just sent his own monster to die]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone through blind ignorance and hatred]]. Ultimately, Mebius [[ShootTheDog has to do his duty as an Ultra and put the monster down.]]down]].



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyuJI73Uxns "The Truth beneath the Rose"]] by Music/WithinTemptation seems to be about this.

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* [[http://www."[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyuJI73Uxns "The The Truth beneath the Rose"]] Rose]]" by Music/WithinTemptation seems to be about this.



* Bob has a small one in [[ZombieApocalypse "Re: Your Brains"]] by Music/JonathanCoulton, which doesn't seem to effect him much.

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* Bob has a small one in [[ZombieApocalypse "Re: "[[ZombieApocalypse Re: Your Brains"]] Brains]]" by Music/JonathanCoulton, which doesn't seem to effect him much.



* The first edition of the ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'' draws on ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' (see above) to define a spell that triggers such realisations. If the target refuses to be frightened, this can rebound on the caster...



* The first edition of the ''TabletopGame/DiscworldRoleplayingGame'' draws on ''Discworld/WyrdSisters'' (see above) to define a spell that triggers such realisations. If the target refuses to be frightened, this can rebound on the caster...



* At the end of ''Theatre/{{Anastasia}}'', [[spoiler: Gleb realizes he is no better than his father if he goes through with assassinating Anya/Anastasia.]]

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* At the end of ''Theatre/{{Anastasia}}'', [[spoiler: Gleb realizes he is no better than his father if he goes through with assassinating Anya/Anastasia.]]Anya/Anastasia]].



* The stage version of ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' climaxes when Seymour Krelborn realizes what he's aided and abetted for a little fame and a shot at the woman of his dreams. Confronting [[ManEatingPlant Audrey 2]] he damns them both, [[NotSoDifferent "You're a monster, and so am I!"]] [[spoiler:He is then [[DownerEnding promptly eaten]].]]
* Both characters Theatre/{{Macbeth}} experience this in the play -- for him, it's an IgnoredEpiphany, but Lady Macbeth [[GoMadFromTheRevelation loses her mind.]]



* The stage version of ''Theatre/LittleShopOfHorrors'' climaxes when Seymour Krelborn realizes what he's aided and abetted for a little fame and a shot at the woman of his dreams. Confronting [[ManEatingPlant Audrey 2]] he damns them both, [[NotSoDifferent "You're a monster, and so am I!"]] [[spoiler:He is then [[DownerEnding promptly eaten]]]].
* Both characters ''Theatre/{{Macbeth}}'' experience this in the play -- for him, it's an IgnoredEpiphany, but Lady Macbeth [[GoMadFromTheRevelation loses her mind]].



* [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Lucy van Pelt]] has a massive one in ''You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'' after conducting a series of surveys to determine how crabby everyone thinks she is. Very crabby, it turns out.

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* In ''You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'', [[ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}} Lucy van Pelt]] has a massive one in ''You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown'' after conducting a series of surveys to determine how crabby everyone thinks she is. Very crabby, it turns out.



* In ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', [[spoiler:Kalas]] primary motivation from the beginning of the game was [[spoiler: avenging the slaughter of his little brother and grandfather,]] but he went ''way'' too far and nearly doomed his planet, countless innocent people, and the lost ocean itself because of it. While he does angst about it quite a bit ([[NeverLiveItDown though not enough in the opinion of some fans]]). [[EasilyForgiven His comrades do forgive him and don't mention his part in the current disaster much]].
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', the character Hugh Darrow, father of human augmentation, justifies his actions in [[spoiler: driving every augmented person in the world violently insane with a mass produced 'upgrade' to their bio-chips, by claiming they were necessary to show the world the dangers of mechanical augmentation, wanting to end human augmentation so that future generations may grow up without being surrounded by dangerous cyborgs and the torture of having to rely on an anti-rejection drug or die a slow and painful death, and is unwilling to let the Illuminati he conspires with control humankind through his technology. If Adam can make him see his own flawed logic, showing him the scale of his actions and the possible genocide he has caused, he will recoil in horror of his actions and realize just how much innocent blood he has shed for his own selfish purposes. He gives Adam the code to the Hyron Project computer, making the final boss battle far easier, and meekly tells Adam to leave him for whatever may come next.]]
** [[spoiler: With a CASIE mod, you can take the realization a step further, pointing out that all of his stated reasons for destroying human augmentation are just rationalizations for a decision he had already made, and that he's ''really'' doing it out of simple jealousy: He has one arm and a bad leg, but, ironically for the inventor of augmentations, he himself is genetically incompatible with them. He's bitter that the rest of the world can use his gifts while he gets left out, and pointing this out to him causes him to realize just how petty he's being.]]
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', the main characters' primary motivation the entire game long is avenging the slaughter of their hometown, but they go too far and they end up nearly dooming a planet because of it. There's a nice few minutes of angst (not quite enough, though) right after the FinalBoss fight.
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' one of the Imperial generals, Jaeger, realizes that even though he's fighting to liberate his own country, his participation in the invasion of Gallia makes him a hypocrite. Inspired by the zeal and dedication the Gallians show in defending their homeland, Jaeger decides to abandon his post and leaves the Imperial army.

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* To some extent, the plot of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' is one long, drawn-out one if you see the ancestor character to be a VillainProtagonist.
* In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', Yasha spent the last 12,000 years going along with the plans of the same people who killed his sister and his brother-in-law, enslaved his niece, and regularly slaughter people for their souls. All for the sake of the "cause" -- preventing the complete destruction of humanity at the hands of the Gohma. He justified it by believing with all his might that it truly was the only way to save humanity in the long run. Confronting Asura again and seeing how much power he's attained ''without'' mass human sacrifice helps Yasha realize that Deus' plan ''isn't'' the only way to save the world. When Asura calls Yasha and the other Deities fools for killing ''seven trillion people'' as part of their plan to "save" the world, Yasha agrees.
* In ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture: The Game'', [[spoiler:Edna Strickland]] is hit with one of these in the fifth episode, after admitting that [[spoiler:she accidentally burned Hill Valley to the ground when trying to destroy a speakeasy in the 1930s]].
--> [[spoiler:'''Edna''': I'm a hooligan!]]
* In ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', [[spoiler:Kalas]] primary motivation from the beginning of the game was [[spoiler: avenging the slaughter of his little brother and grandfather,]] grandfather]], but he went ''way'' too far and nearly doomed his planet, countless innocent people, and the lost ocean itself because of it. While he does angst about it quite a bit ([[NeverLiveItDown though not enough in the opinion of some fans]]). [[EasilyForgiven His comrades do forgive him and don't mention his part in the current disaster much]].
* If the Arcade Endings of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma'' is any indication, then [[spoiler:Litchi Faye-Ling finally had this. On top of being told that Kokonoe has not just abandoned her, but made her an enemy that she would not hesitate to kill, she is also told by Rachel that her efforts and insistence in saving Arakune and siding with NOL is going to bring the Day of Destruction, killing many people when she thought she wasn't planning to hurt anyone in her quest. On this realization, she broke down in tears, and we're gonna have to see if this characterization will stick in the console Story Mode, or [[IgnoredEpiphany ignored]]]].
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar 2'': More of an UnwittingPawn Realization: After finally being convinced that [[spoiler:Chapter Master Kyras]] is actually serving Chaos as Cyrus has been telling him for the past twenty years, Diomedes has a breakdown, since it means a great many of the things he's done (for several hundred years) as the traitor's unwitting enforcer weren't for the good of the Imperium or the Chapter after all.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', the character Hugh Darrow, father of human augmentation, justifies his actions in [[spoiler: driving every augmented person in the world violently insane with a mass produced 'upgrade' to their bio-chips, by claiming they were necessary to show the world the dangers of mechanical augmentation, wanting to end human augmentation so that future generations may grow up without being surrounded by dangerous cyborgs and the torture of having to rely on an anti-rejection drug or die a slow and painful death, and is unwilling to let the Illuminati he conspires with control humankind through his technology. If Adam can make him see his own flawed logic, showing him the scale of his actions and the possible genocide he has caused, he will recoil in horror of his actions and realize just how much innocent blood he has shed for his own selfish purposes. He gives Adam the code to the Hyron Project computer, making the final boss battle far easier, and meekly tells Adam to leave him for whatever may come next.]]
next]].
** [[spoiler: With a CASIE mod, you can take the realization a step further, pointing out that all of his stated reasons for destroying human augmentation are just rationalizations for a decision he had already made, and that he's ''really'' doing it out of simple jealousy: He has one arm and a bad leg, but, ironically for the inventor of augmentations, he himself is genetically incompatible with them. He's bitter that the rest of the world can use his gifts while he gets left out, and pointing this out to him causes him to realize just how petty he's being.]]
being]].
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', the main characters' primary motivation the entire game long ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', Trish is avenging the slaughter of their hometown, but they go too a demon sent to lure Dante to his doom. He shrugs off her attempts to take his life, and goes so far as to save her from a falling column -- [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and they end up nearly dooming then calls her a planet devil and tells her that he only spared her because she looks like his mother]]. Trish's stricken look at that moment speaks volumes.
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' has WellIntentionedExtremist [[spoiler:Keisuke]], who only has this epiphany if made to realize they're NotSoDifferent from the people they seek to punish: [[spoiler:like them, he's looking for [[TheScapegoat somebody to blame]] for conditions in the lockdown getting worse, and killing anyone he judges responsible]].
* If you spare [[spoiler:Loghain]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' and increase his approval, he will eventually go through one
of it. There's these. His last words [[spoiler:if you allow him to slay the Archdemon]] make it clear that he knows his past actions are unforgivable, and all he wants is a nice few minutes chance to atone for them.
** In [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII the sequel]], when you get [[spoiler: Knight-Commander Meredith]] down to her last bit
of angst (not quite enough, though) right health, she nearly has one of these, but unfortunately for her, the realization doesn't stick.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonIslandBlue'', many high-ranked Guild Trainers switch sides and join LaResistance
after the FinalBoss fight.
increasingly ruthless missions that The Guild was sending them on convinced them that The Guild had become corrupted by power and [[TheEmpire turned despotic]]. [[VillainProtagonist The player is a fully-licensed Guild Trainer too]], and rapidly rises to become [[ItsUpToYou their main enforcer]] (though the mass desertion of their elites might have helped with that) - and so, the player will likely have a Heel Realization at some point too... but you never switch sides, and indeed, proceed to effectively destroy LaResistance. [[spoiler: Not because you aren't sympathetic to their cause, but because you feel that overthrowing The Guild in an [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized armed uprising]] will only lead to unacceptable bloodshed]].
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' one of ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' this is how the Imperial generals, Jaeger, TalkingTheMonsterToDeath solution to the BigBad works -- Once you prove to him that his plan could not work and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the Utopia that would Justify The Means can't exist]], he realizes that even though he's fighting to liberate his own country, his participation simply been doing evil and is DrivenToSuicide by the revelation.
--> "I...don't think I can think that I can '''''continue'''''. ''Continue?'' To have done the things I have done
in the invasion name of Gallia makes progress and healing. It was madness. I can see that now. Madness. '''Madness?''' There is no hope. Leave now. Leave while you still have ''hope''..."
* Also in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Joshua Graham, co-founder of [[TheHorde Caesar's Legion]] underwent this after his attempted execution. After he [[ImplacableMan survived]], he became a Mormon once again (albeit very [[KillEmAll militant]]) and rejoined his church.
** In ''Dead Money'', Dean Domino enacted a scheme with Vera Keyes to ruin Francis Sinclaire's happiness out of petty envy in the backstory. Assuming he survives to the end, he will experience remorse when he hears Sinclair and Vera's side of the story. [[EvilCannotComprehendGood He doesn't understand why he feels so sad]], but it's enough to convince
him a hypocrite. Inspired by to finally [[ArcWords let go]] of the zeal Sierra Madre.
** One way of TalkingTheMonsterToDeath in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is to confront [[PresidentEvil President]] [[AIIsACrapshoot Eden]] about [[LogicBomb his circular thinking]]. You then tell him to self-destruct.
--> '''Eden:''' Perhaps...Perhaps there ''is'' a problem. I--I am unsure how to proceed.
* Pretty much the catalyst for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. [[BlackKnight Dark Knight]] Cecil begins the game by questioning his loyalty to the king who raised him like a son but recently began a campaign of conquest. He justifies it by trying to convince himself [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he did what he had to do]], but it's clear he doesn't really believe it. He finally draws the line when after he's [[UnwittingPawn unwittingly used]] to [[KickTheDog burn down a village of innocent summoners]], his friend Kain points out that in order to execute the King's full orders, they will have to kill [[spoiler:Rydia, the only remaining summoner
and dedication a 7 year old child, which Cecil adamantly refuses to do (the quote from the Gallians show DS version is "Any man who'd wish for this is no king of mine!")]]. The next part of the game involves him trying to [[TheAtoner atone]] for the awful things he did as a Dark Knight in defending their homeland, Jaeger Baron's service.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III'', Kratos goes through this due to a combination of {{The Reason You Suck Speech}}es given to him as well as developing a MoralityChain with Pandora, a [[strike:girl]][[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman statue given life]] who clings to hope in a world that Kratos is systematically destroying. By the end, [[spoiler:he
decides to abandon relinquish the power of Hope via a [[AntiHero Anti]]-HeroicSacrifice, though by that time, it's far too late to fix anything]].
** In the original ''God of War'', Kratos, when flashing back to the day when he cried out to Ares for help, thus starting the whole cycle of events that lead up to the present, says to himself "[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone By the Gods, what have I become?]]" This is the ''only'' time we ever see Kratos expressing sorrow and regret for something ''other'' then being tricked into killing
his post wife and leaves daughter.
* [[http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=198344&site=pcg This]] "LetsPlay" of ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations 2'' was intended to be a peaceful attempt at attaining galactic superiority through advanced culture. Half way through comes
the Imperial army.realization that something has gone terribly wrong:
-->''[[WhatHaveIBecome God, look at me]]. This was supposed to be my quest for peace, and I've become addicted to destroying suns''.
* In the Flash game ''King's Ascent'', [[spoiler:the entire game is the King's own sorceress and general's plan to force the King to face his flaws and mistakes. The King eventually agrees that he wasn't a very good ruler and throws away his crown to spend the rest of his days as a farmer. The sorceress has a Heel Realization of her own. She acknowledges that she was being driven by anger and hate, and refuses to take the now empty throne]].



* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' has WellIntentionedExtremist [[spoiler:Keisuke]], who only has this epiphany if made to realize they're NotSoDifferent from the people they seek to punish: [[spoiler:like them, he's looking for [[TheScapegoat somebody to blame]] for conditions in the lockdown getting worse, and killing anyone he judges responsible.]]
* White Knight Leo from ''[[Lunar2EternalBlueComplete Lunar 2: Eternal Blue]]'' is a KnightTemplar who's really a KnightInShiningArmor at heart...which is why he [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor flip-flops between Heel and Face]]. By the time he's mostly sided with Hiro, he's had to accept that [[spoiler: the Althena he served was a fake goddess, put into position by the real dark god, Zophar. Oh, and that he's slaughtered an untold number of other innocent people by unquestioningly following the orders of his false goddess.]] It's a tough pill to swallow.
* Creator/{{Infocom}}'s ''VideoGame/LeatherGoddessesOfPhobos'': [[spoiler:Disarming Thorbast/Thorbala then returning his/her sword causes him/her to realize that he/she is the bad guy. This doesn't cause a moral crisis so much as it makes the character realize that he/she doesn't have a chance of beating you, so best to just save time and commit suicide.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has Canaan, who actually does this ''twice'': first as Lactis during the cellphone game ''Pied Piper'', then a hundred years later during ''Xenosaga III: Also Sprach Zarathustra'' as Canaan. Both times, [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath. Reincarnation is fun, kids.]]
* [[http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=198344&site=pcg This]] "LetsPlay" of ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations 2'' was intended to be a peaceful attempt at attaining galactic superiority through advanced culture. Half way through comes the realization that something has gone terribly wrong:
-->''[[WhatHaveIBecome God, look at me]]. This was supposed to be my quest for peace, and I've become addicted to destroying suns.''
* At the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', it's possible to talk [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Saren Arterius]] into this, making him realize that he's been BrainwashedAndCrazy all of this time. After this, he proceeds to [[DrivenToSuicide take a pistol and shoot himself]], thanking Shepard with his last words.]] This is approached somewhat differently than usual, as he's already figured out he's the bad guy, but thought it [[NecessarilyEvil to be the only way for anyone to survive the Reaper invasion]]. The player's contribution is to get him to realize that that's the [[MindControl indoctrination]] talking.

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* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' has WellIntentionedExtremist [[spoiler:Keisuke]], who only has this epiphany if made Creator/{{Infocom}}'s ''VideoGame/LeatherGoddessesOfPhobos'': [[spoiler:Disarming Thorbast/Thorbala then returning his/her sword causes him/her to realize they're NotSoDifferent from that he/she is the people they seek to punish: [[spoiler:like them, he's looking for [[TheScapegoat somebody to blame]] for conditions in bad guy. This doesn't cause a moral crisis so much as it makes the lockdown getting worse, character realize that he/she doesn't have a chance of beating you, so best to just save time and killing anyone he judges responsible.]]
commit suicide]].
* White Knight Leo from ''[[Lunar2EternalBlueComplete Lunar 2: Eternal Blue]]'' is a KnightTemplar who's really a KnightInShiningArmor at heart...which is why he [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor flip-flops between Heel and Face]]. By the time he's mostly sided with Hiro, he's had to accept that [[spoiler: the Althena he served was a fake goddess, put into position by the real dark god, Zophar. Oh, and that he's slaughtered an untold number of other innocent people by unquestioningly following the orders of his false goddess.]] goddess]]. It's a tough pill to swallow.
* Creator/{{Infocom}}'s ''VideoGame/LeatherGoddessesOfPhobos'': [[spoiler:Disarming Thorbast/Thorbala then returning his/her sword causes him/her to realize that he/she is the bad guy. This doesn't cause a moral crisis so much as it makes the character realize that he/she doesn't have a chance of beating you, so best to just save time and commit suicide.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has Canaan, who actually does this ''twice'': first as Lactis during the cellphone game ''Pied Piper'', then a hundred years later during ''Xenosaga III: Also Sprach Zarathustra'' as Canaan. Both times, [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath. Reincarnation is fun, kids.]]
* [[http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=198344&site=pcg This]] "LetsPlay" of ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations 2'' was intended to be a peaceful attempt at attaining galactic superiority through advanced culture. Half way through comes the realization that something has gone terribly wrong:
-->''[[WhatHaveIBecome God, look at me]]. This was supposed to be my quest for peace, and I've become addicted to destroying suns.''
* At the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', it's possible to talk [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Saren Arterius]] into this, making him realize that he's been BrainwashedAndCrazy all of this time. After this, he proceeds to [[DrivenToSuicide take a pistol and shoot himself]], thanking Shepard with his last words.]] words]]. This is approached somewhat differently than usual, as he's already figured out he's the bad guy, but thought it [[NecessarilyEvil to be the only way for anyone to survive the Reaper invasion]]. The player's contribution is to get him to realize that that's the [[MindControl indoctrination]] talking.



* This is how the TalkingTheMonsterToDeath solution to the BigBad works in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}''. Once you prove to him that his plan could not work and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the Utopia that would Justify The Means can't exist]], he realizes that he's simply been doing evil and is DrivenToSuicide by the revelation.
--> "I...don't think I can think that I can '''''continue'''''. ''Continue?'' To have done the things I have done in the name of progress and healing. It was madness. I can see that now. Madness. '''Madness?''' There is no hope. Leave now. Leave while you still have ''hope''..."
* Also in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Joshua Graham, co-founder of [[TheHorde Caesar's Legion]] underwent this after his attempted execution. After he [[ImplacableMan survived]], he became a Mormon once again (albeit very [[KillEmAll militant]]) and rejoined his church.
** In ''Dead Money'', Dean Domino enacted a scheme with Vera Keyes to ruin Francis Sinclaire's happiness out of petty envy in the backstory. Assuming he survives to the end, he will experience remorse when he hears Sinclair and Vera's side of the story. [[EvilCannotComprehendGood He doesn't understand why he feels so sad]], but it's enough to convince him to finally [[ArcWords let go]] of the Sierra Madre.
** One way of TalkingTheMonsterToDeath in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is to confront [[PresidentEvil President]] [[AIIsACrapshoot Eden]] about [[LogicBomb his circular thinking]]. You then tell him to self-destruct.
--> '''Eden:''' Perhaps...Perhaps there ''is'' a problem. I--I am unsure how to proceed.
* If you spare [[spoiler:Loghain]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' and increase his approval, he will eventually go through one of these. His last words [[spoiler:if you allow him to slay the Archdemon]] make it clear that he knows his past actions are unforgivable, and all he wants is a chance to atone for them.
** In [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII the sequel]], when you get [[spoiler: Knight-Commander Meredith]] down to her last bit of health, she nearly has one of these, but unfortunately for her, the realization doesn't stick.
* Pretty much the catalyst for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. [[BlackKnight Dark Knight]] Cecil begins the game by questioning his loyalty to the king who raised him like a son but recently began a campaign of conquest. He justifies it by trying to convince himself [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he did what he had to do]], but it's clear he doesn't really believe it. He finally draws the line when after he's [[UnwittingPawn unwittingly used]] to [[KickTheDog burn down a village of innocent summoners]], his friend Kain points out that in order to execute the King's full orders, they will have to kill [[spoiler:Rydia, the only remaining summoner and a 7 year old child, which Cecil adamantly refuses to do (the quote from the DS version is "Any man who'd wish for this is no king of mine!").]] The next part of the game involves him trying to [[TheAtoner atone]] for the awful things he did as a Dark Knight in Baron's service.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III'', Kratos goes through this due to a combination of {{The Reason You Suck Speech}}es given to him as well as developing a MoralityChain with Pandora, a [[strike:girl]][[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman statue given life]] who clings to hope in a world that Kratos is systematically destroying. By the end, [[spoiler:he decides to relinquish the power of Hope via a [[AntiHero Anti]]-HeroicSacrifice, though by that time, it's far too late to fix anything.]]
** In the original ''God of War'', Kratos, when flashing back to the day when he cried out to Ares for help, thus starting the whole cycle of events that lead up to the present, says to himself [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone "By the Gods, what have I become?"]] This is the ''only'' time we ever see Kratos expressing sorrow and regret for something ''other'' then being tricked into killing his wife and daughter.
* Throughout ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[spoiler:Namatame (manipulated by the real killer) has kidnapped people he saw on the Midnight Channel and thrown them into the TV to protect them from a SerialKiller. He sincerely believes that the TV is a safe place, and he can retrieve them once the killer's found. What he doesn't realize is that they can't escape on their own, and once the fog lifts, they will be killed by Shadows. Once he himself enters the TV to escape police pursuit, it hits him just how wrong he was, and he does everything he can to assist the party as atonement... assuming you aren't cruel enough to kill him.]]

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* This is how One of the TalkingTheMonsterToDeath solution {{Mooks}} in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' discusses this in a bit of EnemyChatter, he's not a bad guy, he's just trying to the BigBad works in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}''. Once you prove to him that provide for his plan could not work family and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the Utopia that would Justify The Means is in over his head but can't exist]], get out. Of course, you have to kill him anyway.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', when Monsoon tries to [[BreakThemByTalking break Raiden by talking]], Raiden actually agrees with him when
he realizes says that he's simply been doing evil and is DrivenToSuicide by the revelation.
--> "I...don't think I can think that I can '''''continue'''''. ''Continue?'' To have done the things I have done in the name of progress and healing. It was madness. I can see that now. Madness. '''Madness?''' There is no hope. Leave now. Leave while you still have ''hope''..."
* Also in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Joshua Graham, co-founder of [[TheHorde Caesar's Legion]] underwent this after his attempted execution. After he [[ImplacableMan survived]], he became
a Mormon once again (albeit very [[KillEmAll militant]]) and rejoined his church.
** In ''Dead Money'', Dean Domino enacted a scheme with Vera Keyes to ruin Francis Sinclaire's happiness out of petty envy in the backstory. Assuming he survives to the end, he will experience remorse when he hears Sinclair and Vera's side of the story. [[EvilCannotComprehendGood He doesn't understand why he feels so sad]], but it's enough to convince him to finally [[ArcWords let go]] of the Sierra Madre.
** One way of TalkingTheMonsterToDeath in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is to confront [[PresidentEvil President]] [[AIIsACrapshoot Eden]] about [[LogicBomb his circular thinking]]. You then tell him to self-destruct.
--> '''Eden:''' Perhaps...Perhaps there ''is'' a problem. I--I am unsure how to proceed.
* If you spare [[spoiler:Loghain]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' and increase his approval, he will eventually go through one of these. His last words [[spoiler:if you allow him to slay the Archdemon]] make it clear that he knows his past actions are unforgivable, and all he wants is a chance to atone for them.
** In [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII the sequel]], when you get [[spoiler: Knight-Commander Meredith]] down to her last bit of health, she nearly has one of these, but unfortunately for her, the realization doesn't stick.
* Pretty much the catalyst for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. [[BlackKnight Dark Knight]] Cecil begins the game by questioning his loyalty to the king who raised him like a son but recently began a campaign of conquest. He justifies it by trying to convince himself [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he did what he had to do]], but it's clear he doesn't really believe it. He finally draws the line when after he's [[UnwittingPawn unwittingly used]] to [[KickTheDog burn down a village of innocent summoners]], his friend Kain points out
natural-born killer: that in order to execute the King's full orders, they will have to kill [[spoiler:Rydia, the only remaining summoner and a 7 year old child, which Cecil adamantly refuses to do (the quote from the DS version is "Any man who'd wish for this is no king spite of mine!").]] The next part his talks of the game involves him trying to [[TheAtoner atone]] being a champion for the awful things he did as a Dark Knight in Baron's service.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III'', Kratos goes through this due to a combination of {{The Reason You Suck Speech}}es given to him as well as developing a MoralityChain with Pandora, a [[strike:girl]][[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman statue given life]] who clings to hope in a world that Kratos is systematically destroying. By the end, [[spoiler:he decides to relinquish the power of Hope via a [[AntiHero Anti]]-HeroicSacrifice, though by that time, it's far too late to fix anything.]]
** In the original ''God of War'', Kratos, when flashing back to the day when he cried out to Ares for help, thus starting the whole cycle of events that lead up to the present, says to himself [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone "By the Gods, what have I become?"]] This is the ''only'' time we ever see Kratos expressing sorrow
weak and regret for something ''other'' then his sword being tricked into killing his wife a tool of justice, he is, and daughter.
* Throughout ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[spoiler:Namatame (manipulated by the real killer) has kidnapped people he saw on the Midnight Channel and thrown them into the TV to protect them from a SerialKiller. He sincerely believes that the TV is a safe place, and he can retrieve them once the killer's found. What he doesn't realize is that they can't escape on their own, and once the fog lifts, they
will be killed by Shadows. Once he himself enters always be, [[SociopathicHero Jack the TV to escape police pursuit, it hits him just how wrong he was, and he does everything he can to assist the party as atonement... assuming you aren't cruel enough to kill him.]]Ripper]].



* Inducing this in the game is how you win ''You Find Yourself In A Room''. If you mention hatred or anger as emotions you will be better off without, the game realizes that it is not the superior emotionless being it thought, as it it is ''filled with hatred and anger.'' [[VillainousBSOD This drives it into a despair in which it simply lets you go, finding no more meaning in its tortures.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture: The Game'', [[spoiler:Edna Strickland]] is hit with one of these in the fifth episode, after admitting that [[spoiler:she accidentally burned Hill Valley to the ground when trying to destroy a speakeasy in the 1930s.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Edna''': I'm a hooligan!]]
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', when Monsoon tries to [[BreakThemByTalking break Raiden by talking]], Raiden actually agrees with him when he says that he's a natural-born killer: that in spite of his talks of being a champion for the weak and his sword being a tool of justice, he is, and will always be, [[SociopathicHero Jack the Ripper]].
* In ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', Trish is a demon sent to lure Dante to his doom. He shrugs off her attempts to take his life, and goes so far as to save her from a falling column -- [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and then calls her a devil and tells her that he only spared her because she looks like his mother]]. Trish's stricken look at that moment speaks volumes.
* In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', Yasha spent the last 12,000 years going along with the plans of the same people who killed his sister and his brother-in-law, enslaved his niece, and regularly slaughter people for their souls. All for the sake of the "cause" -- preventing the complete destruction of humanity at the hands of the Gohma. He justified it by believing with all his might that it truly was the only way to save humanity in the long run. Confronting Asura again and seeing how much power he's attained ''without'' mass human sacrifice helps Yasha realize that Deus' plan ''isn't'' the only way to save the world. When Asura calls Yasha and the other Deities fools for killing ''seven trillion people'' as part of their plan to "save" the world, Yasha agrees.
* The main villain of [[VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper Parappa the Rapper 2]] has one of these during the last verse of his own rap, which, humorously enough, is a phrase that Parappa has to copy:

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* Inducing this in the game is how you win ''You Find Yourself In A Room''. If you mention hatred or anger as emotions you will be better off without, the game realizes that it is not the superior emotionless being it thought, as it it is ''filled with hatred and anger.'' [[VillainousBSOD This drives it into a despair in which it simply lets you go, finding no more meaning in its tortures.]]
* In ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture: The Game'', [[spoiler:Edna Strickland]] is hit with one of these in the fifth episode, after admitting that [[spoiler:she accidentally burned Hill Valley to the ground when trying to destroy a speakeasy in the 1930s.]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Edna''': I'm a hooligan!]]
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', when Monsoon tries to [[BreakThemByTalking break Raiden by talking]], Raiden actually agrees with him when he says that he's a natural-born killer: that in spite of his talks of being a champion for the weak and his sword being a tool of justice, he is, and will always be, [[SociopathicHero Jack the Ripper]].
* In ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', Trish is a demon sent to lure Dante to his doom. He shrugs off her attempts to take his life, and goes so far as to save her from a falling column -- [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and then calls her a devil and tells her that he only spared her because she looks like his mother]]. Trish's stricken look at that moment speaks volumes.
* In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', Yasha spent the last 12,000 years going along with the plans of the same people who killed his sister and his brother-in-law, enslaved his niece, and regularly slaughter people for their souls. All for the sake of the "cause" -- preventing the complete destruction of humanity at the hands of the Gohma. He justified it by believing with all his might that it truly was the only way to save humanity in the long run. Confronting Asura again and seeing how much power he's attained ''without'' mass human sacrifice helps Yasha realize that Deus' plan ''isn't'' the only way to save the world. When Asura calls Yasha and the other Deities fools for killing ''seven trillion people'' as part of their plan to "save" the world, Yasha agrees.
* The main villain of [[VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper ''[[VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper Parappa the Rapper 2]] 2]]'' has one of these during the last verse of his own rap, which, humorously enough, is a phrase that Parappa has to copy:



* Throughout ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[spoiler:Namatame (manipulated by the real killer) has kidnapped people he saw on the Midnight Channel and thrown them into the TV to protect them from a SerialKiller. He sincerely believes that the TV is a safe place, and he can retrieve them once the killer's found. What he doesn't realize is that they can't escape on their own, and once the fog lifts, they will be killed by Shadows. Once he himself enters the TV to escape police pursuit, it hits him just how wrong he was, and he does everything he can to assist the party as atonement... assuming you aren't cruel enough to kill him]].



* If the Arcade Endings of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma'' is any indication, then [[spoiler:Litchi Faye-Ling finally had this. On top of being told that Kokonoe has not just abandoned her, but made her an enemy that she would not hesitate to kill, she is also told by Rachel that her efforts and insistence in saving Arakune and siding with NOL is going to bring the Day of Destruction, killing many people when she thought she wasn't planning to hurt anyone in her quest. On this realization, she broke down in tears, and we're gonna have to see if this characterization will stick in the console Story Mode, or [[IgnoredEpiphany ignored]].]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'': Let's face it, Cerebella is a very sweet girl, so sweet that she has IncorruptiblePurePureness. So why is she on this list? Because she's working for a mafia responsible for many murders, yet she faithfully stays with them because she considers them family, and seeks the affections of the mafia boss she considers a father. [[spoiler:Only when she ends up crushing a CatGirl to death to retrieve a stolen jewel does she start to feel remorse for her actions.]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' Alex Mercer gets one [[spoiler: when he discovers Alex Mercer has been dead all this time. He was actually TheVirus in an Alex Mercer suit]]. He at least takes some consolation in the fact that [[spoiler: as bad as being TheVirus is, the person he ''thought'' he was before that was '''even worse'''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonIslandBlue'', many high-ranked Guild Trainers switch sides and join LaResistance after the increasingly ruthless missions that The Guild was sending them on convinced them that The Guild had become corrupted by power and [[TheEmpire turned despotic]]. [[VillainProtagonist The player is a fully-licensed Guild Trainer too]], and rapidly rises to become [[ItsUpToYou their main enforcer]] (though the mass desertion of their elites might have helped with that) - and so, the player will likely have a Heel Realization at some point too... but you never switch sides, and indeed, proceed to effectively destroy LaResistance. [[spoiler: Not because you aren't sympathetic to their cause, but because you feel that overthrowing The Guild in an [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized armed uprising]] will only lead to unacceptable bloodshed.]]
* In the Flash game ''King's Ascent'', [[spoiler:the entire game is the King's own sorceress and general's plan to force the King to face his flaws and mistakes. The King eventually agrees that he wasn't a very good ruler and throws away his crown to spend the rest of his days as a farmer. The sorceress has a Heel Realization of her own. She acknowledges that she was being driven by anger and hate, and refuses to take the now empty throne.]]
* To some extent, the plot of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' is one long, drawn-out one if you see the ancestor character to be a VillainProtagonist.
* One of the {{Mooks}} in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' discusses this in a bit of EnemyChatter, he's not a bad guy, he's just trying to provide for his family and is in over his head but can't get out. Of course, you have to kill him anyway.

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* If the Arcade Endings of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma'' is any indication, then [[spoiler:Litchi Faye-Ling finally had this. On top of being told that Kokonoe has not just abandoned her, but made her an enemy that she would not hesitate to kill, she is also told by Rachel that her efforts and insistence in saving Arakune and siding with NOL is going to bring the Day of Destruction, killing many people In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' Alex Mercer gets one [[spoiler: when she thought she wasn't planning to hurt anyone in her quest. On he discovers Alex Mercer has been dead all this realization, she broke down time. He was actually TheVirus in tears, and we're gonna have to see if this characterization will stick an Alex Mercer suit]]. He at least takes some consolation in the console Story Mode, or [[IgnoredEpiphany ignored]].]]
fact that [[spoiler: as bad as being TheVirus is, the person he ''thought'' he was before that was '''even worse''']].
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'': Let's face it, Cerebella is a very sweet girl, so sweet that she has IncorruptiblePurePureness. So why is she on this list? Because she's working for a mafia responsible for many murders, yet she faithfully stays with them because she considers them family, and seeks the affections of the mafia boss she considers a father. [[spoiler:Only when she ends up crushing a CatGirl to death to retrieve a stolen jewel does she start to feel remorse for her actions.]]
actions]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' Alex Mercer gets one [[spoiler: when he discovers Alex Mercer has been dead all this time. He was actually TheVirus in an Alex Mercer suit]]. He at least takes some consolation in During the fact that [[spoiler: as bad as being TheVirus is, final confrontation in ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', the ending choice decides just how much [[spoiler:Martin Walker]] comes to realise, [[SelectiveObliviousness or perhaps acknowledge]], what a terrible person he ''thought'' he was before that was '''even worse'''.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DragonIslandBlue'', many high-ranked Guild Trainers switch sides and join LaResistance after the increasingly ruthless missions that The Guild was sending them on convinced them that The Guild had become corrupted by power and [[TheEmpire turned despotic]]. [[VillainProtagonist The player is a fully-licensed Guild Trainer too]], and rapidly rises to become [[ItsUpToYou their main enforcer]] (though the mass desertion of their elites might have helped with that) - and so, the player will likely have a Heel Realization at some point too... but you never switch sides, and indeed, proceed to effectively destroy LaResistance. [[spoiler: Not because you aren't sympathetic to their cause, but because you feel that overthrowing The Guild in an [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized armed uprising]] will only lead to unacceptable bloodshed.]]
* In the Flash game ''King's Ascent'', [[spoiler:the entire game is the King's own sorceress and general's plan to force the King to face his flaws and mistakes. The King eventually agrees that he wasn't a very good ruler and throws away his crown to spend the rest of his days as a farmer. The sorceress has a Heel Realization of her own. She acknowledges that she was being driven by anger and hate, and refuses to take the now empty throne.]]
* To some extent, the plot of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' is one long, drawn-out one if you see the ancestor character to be a VillainProtagonist.
* One of the {{Mooks}} in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' discusses this in a bit of EnemyChatter,
he's not a bad guy, he's just trying become. [[spoiler:With the way the final encounter with Conrad is set up, Walker's full acknowledgement of his own guilt [[DrivenToSuicide causes him to provide commit suicide]]]].
* Donny Vermilion in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'' spends most of the game as a propaganda mouthpiece
for Emperor Mengsk until Raynor's Raiders broadcast the truth about the fall of Tarsonis. Upon learning that Mengsk was responsible for the Zerg invasion, all he can do is mutter to himself about his family and is in over his head but can't get out. Of course, you have to kill him anyway.brother who died on Tarsonis.



* During the final confrontation in ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', the ending choice decides just how much [[spoiler:Martin Walker]] comes to realise, [[SelectiveObliviousness or perhaps acknowledge]], what a terrible person he's become. [[spoiler:With the way the final encounter with Conrad is set up, Walker's full acknowledgement of his own guilt [[DrivenToSuicide causes him to commit suicide]].]].
* The BonusBoss Algalon in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a significant though somber FreakOut when players defeat him. He considers the countless worlds he's [[ApocalypseHow Reoriginated]] and wonders if the million million lives he's destroyed all had free will and loved life as much as the players. As a result, despite his orders dictating Azeroth be Reorginated, he gives you the "all is well" code to send to the Titans.
* Donny Vermilion in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'' spends most of the game as a propaganda mouthpiece for Emperor Mengsk until Raynor's Raiders broadcast the truth about the fall of Tarsonis. Upon learning that Mengsk was responsible for the Zerg invasion, all he can do is mutter to himself about his brother who died on Tarsonis.

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* During In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', the final confrontation in ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', main characters' primary motivation the ending choice decides just how much [[spoiler:Martin Walker]] comes to realise, [[SelectiveObliviousness or perhaps acknowledge]], what a terrible person he's become. [[spoiler:With the way the final encounter with Conrad is set up, Walker's full acknowledgement of his own guilt [[DrivenToSuicide causes him to commit suicide]].]].
* The BonusBoss Algalon in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a significant though somber FreakOut when players defeat him. He considers the countless worlds he's [[ApocalypseHow Reoriginated]] and wonders if the million million lives he's destroyed all had free will and loved life as much as the players. As a result, despite his orders dictating Azeroth be Reorginated, he gives you the "all is well" code to send to the Titans.
* Donny Vermilion in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'' spends most of the
entire game as a propaganda mouthpiece for Emperor Mengsk until Raynor's Raiders broadcast long is avenging the truth about slaughter of their hometown, but they go too far and they end up nearly dooming a planet because of it. There's a nice few minutes of angst (not quite enough, though) right after the fall of Tarsonis. Upon learning that Mengsk was responsible for the Zerg invasion, all he can do is mutter to himself about his brother who died on Tarsonis.FinalBoss fight.



** [[spoiler: Asgore declared war on mankind of out bitterness years ago, but has since had a Heel Realization after the shock of his son's death wore off and his wife left him. Unfortunately, the hope it gave to all the monsters and the fact that the souls of human children was the only way he knew to escape the Underground meant he now felt he'd trapped himself in this course of action. He refuses to accept mercy if you defeat him in battle. The weight of his sins is so heavy that if you try to spare his life, he will commit suicide.]]
** [[spoiler: If the player attempts a Genocide run and seeks to murder every single monster in the Underground, a few characters will change tactics from the original game. Papyrus will not attack you at all, but will make a speech appealing to what's good inside you and how everyone can change, with the intention of making the PLAYER have a Heel Realization. If you ignore him and continue your killing spree his big brother Sans will also attempt this, but he's not afraid to throw down if you're too dense to take the hint.]]
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar 2'': More of an UnwittingPawn Realization: After finally being convinced that [[spoiler:Chapter Master Kyras]] is actually serving Chaos as Cyrus has been telling him for the past twenty years, Diomedes has a breakdown, since it means a great many of the things he's done (for several hundred years) as the traitor's unwitting enforcer weren't for the good of the Imperium or the Chapter after all.

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** [[spoiler: Asgore declared war on mankind of out bitterness years ago, but has since had a Heel Realization after the shock of his son's death wore off and his wife left him. Unfortunately, the hope it gave to all the monsters and the fact that the souls of human children was the only way he knew to escape the Underground meant he now felt he'd trapped himself in this course of action. He refuses to accept mercy if you defeat him in battle. The weight of his sins is so heavy that if you try to spare his life, he will commit suicide.]]
suicide]].
** [[spoiler: If the player attempts a Genocide run and seeks to murder every single monster in the Underground, a few characters will change tactics from the original game. Papyrus will not attack you at all, but will make a speech appealing to what's good inside you and how everyone can change, with the intention of making the PLAYER have a Heel Realization. If you ignore him and continue your killing spree his big brother Sans will also attempt this, but he's not afraid to throw down if you're too dense to take the hint.]]
hint]].
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar 2'': More of an UnwittingPawn Realization: After finally being convinced that [[spoiler:Chapter Master Kyras]] is actually serving Chaos as Cyrus has been telling him for the past twenty years, Diomedes has a breakdown, since it means a great many In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' one of the things Imperial generals, Jaeger, realizes that even though he's done (for several fighting to liberate his own country, his participation in the invasion of Gallia makes him a hypocrite. Inspired by the zeal and dedication the Gallians show in defending their homeland, Jaeger decides to abandon his post and leaves the Imperial army.
* The BonusBoss Algalon in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a significant though somber FreakOut when players defeat him. He considers the countless worlds he's [[ApocalypseHow Reoriginated]] and wonders if the million million lives he's destroyed all had free will and loved life as much as the players. As a result, despite his orders dictating Azeroth be Reorginated, he gives you the "all is well" code to send to the Titans.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has Canaan, who actually does this ''twice'': first as Lactis during the cellphone game ''Pied Piper'', then a
hundred years) years later during ''Xenosaga III: Also Sprach Zarathustra'' as Canaan. Both times, [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath. Reincarnation is fun, kids]].
* Inducing this in
the traitor's unwitting enforcer weren't for game is how you win ''You Find Yourself In A Room''. If you mention hatred or anger as emotions you will be better off without, the good of game realizes that it is not the Imperium or the Chapter after all.superior emotionless being it thought, as it it is ''filled with hatred and anger''. [[VillainousBSOD This drives it into a despair in which it simply lets you go, finding no more meaning in its tortures]].



* In ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', Akiha route, you can, at one point, kill Ciel ([[spoiler:thus, failing her test of Shiki's humanity]]), prompting Shiki to assume he IS a natural-born killer, after all, and give in to TheDarkSide. Needless to say, it's a bad ending game over.
** Part of Kohaku's route [[spoiler:has her realize much quicker than in Hisui's route that maaaaybe she should have picked a different hobby than plotting the utter annihilation of the Tohno family, even if Makihasa wasn't the world's nicest guy after his Inversion Impulse began.]]



* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', in Act 4 of Shizune's route, [[spoiler:she realizes that she has been taking those closest to her for granted and pushing people close to her away. She thus resolves to, with Hisao's help, repair her friendship with Misha, and also says she will be less competitive in the future]].



** Also, in the fifth case, Edgeworth finds that [[spoiler:he's already guilty of using forged evidence, and the forged evidence was used to give a death sentence to a serial killer.]] He wasn't aware of it at the time ([[spoiler:he himself didn't forge it, and he was convinced that it was the real deal]]), but it really came to bite him in the ass when people found it out and started to call him out on it. Even when they find out [[spoiler:who forged the evidence and why, sort of clearing his name a bit]], he couldn't forgive himself for it...and it's implied that [[spoiler:it's one of the many things that pushes him to leave the prosecutors' office for a year, leaving what appears to be a suicide note]].
** [[spoiler:Acro]] has one in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''. [[spoiler:When the Judge asks if he's a victim, he says he's nothing but a murderer.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', in Act 4 of Shizune's route, [[spoiler:she realizes that she has been taking those closest to her for granted and pushing people close to her away. She thus resolves to, with Hisao's help, repair her friendship with Misha, and also says she will be less competitive in the future]].

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** Also, in the fifth case, Edgeworth finds that [[spoiler:he's already guilty of using forged evidence, and the forged evidence was used to give a death sentence to a serial killer.]] killer]]. He wasn't aware of it at the time ([[spoiler:he himself didn't forge it, and he was convinced that it was the real deal]]), but it really came to bite him in the ass when people found it out and started to call him out on it. Even when they find out [[spoiler:who forged the evidence and why, sort of clearing his name a bit]], he couldn't forgive himself for it...and it's implied that [[spoiler:it's one of the many things that pushes him to leave the prosecutors' office for a year, leaving what appears to be a suicide note]].
** [[spoiler:Acro]] has one in ''VisualNovel/PhoenixWrightAceAttorneyJusticeForAll''. [[spoiler:When the Judge asks if he's a victim, he says he's nothing but a murderer.]]
* In ''VisualNovel/KatawaShoujo'', in Act 4 of Shizune's route, [[spoiler:she realizes that she has been taking those closest to her for granted and pushing people close to her away. She thus resolves to, with Hisao's help, repair her friendship with Misha, and also says she will be less competitive in the future]].
murderer]].



* In ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'', Akiha route, you can, at one point, kill Ciel ([[spoiler:thus, failing her test of Shiki's humanity]]), prompting Shiki to assume he IS a natural-born killer, after all, and give in to TheDarkSide. Needless to say, it's a bad ending game over.
** Part of Kohaku's route [[spoiler:has her realize much quicker than in Hisui's route that maaaaybe she should have picked a different hobby than plotting the utter annihilation of the Tohno family, even if Makihasa wasn't the world's nicest guy after his Inversion Impulse began]].



* In ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'', Tiffany hates Theresa for several bad reasons: They are both under a GenderBender spell (and Theresa doesn't share Tiffany's whiny attitude about it), the guy Tiffany tries to tell herself she's not in love with seem interested in Theresa, and they (Tiffany & Theresa) are equally bigoted against each other's culture. After [[LoveInterest Denver]] give her the appropriate "WhatTheHellHero", Tiffany finally realize what a bitch she has been to Theresa. See page illustration above.
* Happens in ''[[http://shadesofgrey.rydia.net/comic.html Shades of Grey]]'': the WellIntentionedExtremist angel dude after he meets two nice - but traumatized - demons and freaks out.
* Subversion: Cale'anon of ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' believes he has turned evil [[spoiler:after killing a little boy]] and tries to act accordingly, but really, he [[PokeThePoodle isn't made of the right (or wrong) stuff]].

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'', Tiffany hates Theresa ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' example:
-->'''Sarda:''' Well. Um. No. You're '''all''' selfish monsters who need to die
for several bad reasons: They are both under a GenderBender spell (and Theresa the good of '''everyone else'''. [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/05/26/episode-1132-whos-the-end-boss/]]
** Ironically, Sarda
doesn't share Tiffany's whiny attitude about it), seem to realize or care that he is the guy Tiffany tries one that enabled them to tell herself do so much damage in the first place. Stable time loops are delicious like that.
* X from ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate'' has one after being hired to build a doomsday device that involves nuclear power but can be controlled magically. She's initially fascinated by it and works hard, until she realises that
she's not in love with seem interested in Theresa, building something that's going to kill people, at which point she sabotages the entire project and they (Tiffany & Theresa) are equally bigoted against each other's culture. After [[LoveInterest Denver]] give her the appropriate "WhatTheHellHero", Tiffany finally realize what a bitch she has been to Theresa. See page illustration above.
* Happens in ''[[http://shadesofgrey.rydia.net/comic.html Shades of Grey]]'': the WellIntentionedExtremist angel dude after he meets two nice - but traumatized - demons and freaks
walks out.
* Subversion: Cale'anon of ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' believes he has turned evil [[spoiler:after killing In ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'', after Norah explains to her that Ruby is firmly in bad-guy camp, Jordan realizes that trusting the first person to know about their powers is a little boy]] bad idea and tries jumps to act accordingly, but really, he [[PokeThePoodle isn't made of the right (or wrong) stuff]].Norah's camp.



'''Marluxia''': ''You hijacked that plane.''\\

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'''Marluxia''': ''You hijacked that plane.''\\plane''.\\



* ''Webcomic/{{Bobwhite}}'', during a summer story arc, Cleo realizes, "[[http://www.bobwhitecomics.com/?webcomic_post=20090707 I'm such a terrible employee that I made a child cry]]."
* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', the [=PCs=] have always been skirting the border between merely OffTheRails and ObliviouslyEvil, casually trashing the GM's carefully scripted story and messing things up far worse than they were originally. The GM loves to point this out to them, but it isn't until [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0454.html #454]] that Pete finally gets it. His reaction subverts the trope: "So we're the bad guys now? Cool!"
** Played a little more seriously in [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0571.html #571]], where Anakin slaughters the younglings. Jim can [[MoralEventHorizon no longer sympathize]] with Anakin. [[spoiler: In this continuity, he's probably right]].
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', after spending most of an arc in denial ("I am a good man!"), Bulgak finally realizes that he is "[[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-11-24 "a selfish, damned fool]]."
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Abraham realizes the error of his ways after Nanase persuades him that in trying to fulfill his oath by killing Ellen he was actually violating it. This leads him to become TheAtoner.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', when about to MindRape her ParentalSubstitute, [[http://endstone.net/comic/issue-1-page-42/ Cole wonders why she is doing these terrible things -- for a panel]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'': Parson arrives at this fairly quickly after arriving (what with his side having all the classic evil minions like dwagons, gobwins, twolls, and giant spidews), but gets chewed out by his new boss and told that the whole "Good Guys/ Bad Guys" concept is just stupid. Comes up again after the climax of the Battle of Gobwin Knob, when the full impact of his plans and actions (tens of thousands of Erfworlders are '''''dead''''') hits Parson and he has to wonder how much he was influenced by the spell that summoned him and how much by his own free will and genuine desire to command a battle.
** King Slately, too.
-->''"I am facing facts," he repeated, softly. "My friend. Hard, hard facts." The two rulers looked at one another for a long moment. "My son is more of a man than I am. All my sons have been. And you always knew it. Did you not?"\\
Don said nothing.\\
"You never would listen to me about Royal ideals," Slately said, frowning. "Honor, sacrifice, dignity, decorum, station...loyalty, bravery... You were too polite to me, Don. You couldn't simply say I was no Royal ideal myself."''
* In ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'', Tiffany hates Theresa for several bad reasons: They are both under a GenderBender spell (and Theresa doesn't share Tiffany's whiny attitude about it), the guy Tiffany tries to tell herself she's not in love with seem interested in Theresa, and they (Tiffany & Theresa) are equally bigoted against each other's culture. After [[LoveInterest Denver]] give her the appropriate "WhatTheHellHero", Tiffany finally realize what a bitch she has been to Theresa. See page illustration above.



** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080305 At one point,]] Gil Wulfenbach goes into a huge rant about how he always tries to be a NiceGuy but all that does is make people think that [[ExtremeDoormat he is weak and that they can take advantage of him,]] and so the only way he can ever make people listen to reason is by beating the crap out of them first. And then he realises, to his horror: "This must be how [[EvilOverlord my]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist father]] feels ''all the time!''"

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** [[http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php?date=20080305 At one point,]] point]], Gil Wulfenbach goes into a huge rant about how he always tries to be a NiceGuy but all that does is make people think that [[ExtremeDoormat he is weak and that they can take advantage of him,]] him]], and so the only way he can ever make people listen to reason is by beating the crap out of them first. And then he realises, to his horror: "This must be how [[EvilOverlord my]] [[WellIntentionedExtremist father]] feels ''all the time!''"



* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' example:
-->'''Sarda:''' Well. Um. No. You're '''all''' selfish monsters who need to die for the good of '''everyone else'''. [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/05/26/episode-1132-whos-the-end-boss/]]
** Ironically, Sarda doesn't seem to realize or care that he is the one that enabled them to do so much damage in the first place. Stable time loops are delicious like that.
* Though not a villain, Webcomic/TheJapaneseBeetle had a moment where he realized he's a creep, and set about [[CharacterDevelopment trying to become a decent person and a real hero]].
* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', the [=PCs=] have always been skirting the border between merely OffTheRails and ObliviouslyEvil, casually trashing the GM's carefully scripted story and messing things up far worse than they were originally. The GM loves to point this out to them, but it isn't until [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0454.html #454]] that Pete finally gets it. His reaction subverts the trope: "So we're the bad guys now? Cool!"
** Played a little more seriously in [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0571.html #571,]] where Anakin slaughters the younglings. Jim can [[MoralEventHorizon no longer sympathize]] with Anakin. [[spoiler: In this continuity, he's probably right.]]
* Parson arrives at this fairly quickly after arriving in Webcomic/{{Erfworld}} (what with his side having all the classic evil minions like dwagons, gobwins, twolls, and giant spidews), but gets chewed out by his new boss and told that the whole "Good Guys/ Bad Guys" concept is just stupid. Comes up again after the climax of the Battle of Gobwin Knob, when the full impact of his plans and actions (tens of thousands of Erfworlders are DEAD) hits Parson and he has to wonder how much he was influenced by the spell that summoned him and how much by his own free will and genuine desire to command a battle.
** King Slately, too.
-->''"I am facing facts," he repeated, softly. "My friend. Hard, hard facts." The two rulers looked at one another for a long moment. "My son is more of a man than I am. All my sons have been. And you always knew it. Did you not?"\\
Don said nothing.\\
"You never would listen to me about Royal ideals," Slately said, frowning. "Honor, sacrifice, dignity, decorum, station...loyalty, bravery... You were too polite to me, Don. You couldn't simply say I was no Royal ideal myself."''
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', after spending most of an arc in denial ("I am a good man!"), Bulgak finally realizes that he is [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-11-24 "a selfish, damned fool."]]

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* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' example:
-->'''Sarda:''' Well. Um. No. You're '''all''' selfish monsters
In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Vriska Serket, who need to die for the good of '''everyone else'''. [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2009/05/26/episode-1132-whos-the-end-boss/]]
** Ironically, Sarda doesn't seem to realize or care that he is the one that enabled them to do so much damage
up until this point had been manipulating events in the first place. Stable time loops are delicious like that.
* Though not a villain, Webcomic/TheJapaneseBeetle had a moment where he realized he's a creep, and set about [[CharacterDevelopment trying to become a decent person and a real hero]].
* In ''Webcomic/DarthsAndDroids'', the [=PCs=] have always been skirting the border between merely OffTheRails and ObliviouslyEvil, casually trashing the GM's carefully scripted story and messing things up far worse than they were originally. The GM loves to point this out to them, but it isn't until [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0454.html #454]] that Pete finally gets it. His reaction subverts the trope: "So we're the bad guys now? Cool!"
** Played a little more seriously in [[http://www.darthsanddroids.net/episodes/0571.html #571,]] where Anakin slaughters the younglings. Jim can [[MoralEventHorizon no longer sympathize]] with Anakin. [[spoiler: In this continuity, he's probably right.]]
* Parson arrives at this fairly quickly
B1 session, has one after arriving in Webcomic/{{Erfworld}} (what with his side having all the classic evil minions like dwagons, gobwins, twolls, and giant spidews), but gets chewed out by his new boss and told that the whole "Good Guys/ Bad Guys" concept is just stupid. Comes up again after the climax of the Battle of Gobwin Knob, when the full impact of his plans and actions (tens of thousands of Erfworlders are DEAD) hits Parson and he has to wonder how much he was influenced by the spell that summoned him and how much by his own free will and genuine desire to command a battle.
** King Slately, too.
-->''"I am facing facts," he repeated, softly. "My friend. Hard, hard facts." The two rulers looked at one another for a long moment. "My son is more of a man than I am. All my sons have been. And you always knew it. Did you not?"\\
Don said nothing.\\
"You never would listen to me about Royal ideals," Slately said, frowning. "Honor, sacrifice, dignity, decorum, station...loyalty, bravery... You were too polite to me, Don. You couldn't simply say I was no Royal ideal myself."''
* In ''Webcomic/DominicDeegan'', after spending most of an arc in denial ("I am a good man!"), Bulgak finally realizes that he is [[http://www.dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2010-11-24 "a selfish, damned fool."]]
killing Tavros.



* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', when about to MindRape her ParentalSubstitute, [[http://endstone.net/comic/issue-1-page-42/ Cole wonders why she is doing these terrible things -- for a panel]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Bobwhite}}'', during a summer story arc, Cleo realizes, [[http://www.bobwhitecomics.com/?webcomic_post=20090707 "I'm such a terrible employee that I made a child cry."]]

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Endstone}}'', when Though not a villain, ''Webcomic/TheJapaneseBeetle'' had a moment where he realized he's a creep, and set about [[CharacterDevelopment trying to MindRape become a decent person and a real hero]].
* Subversion: Cale'anon of ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' believes he has turned evil [[spoiler:after killing a little boy]] and tries to act accordingly, but really, he [[PokeThePoodle isn't made of the right (or wrong) stuff]].
* ''Webcomic/PoppyOPossum:'' Between the FantasticRacism against opossums and
her ParentalSubstitute, [[http://endstone.net/comic/issue-1-page-42/ Cole wonders why desire to keep peace in Eggton, Petunia Quibble starts the series determined to run Poppy out of town. She changes her mind after confronting Poppy over her past sins when she is doing these terrible things -- for a panel]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Bobwhite}}'', during a summer story arc, Cleo realizes, [[http://www.bobwhitecomics.com/?webcomic_post=20090707 "I'm such a terrible employee
discovers, via an emotional outburst from Poppy, that I made the latest one before coming to Eggton was the result of Poppy's daughter being injured. When asked about it later, Petunia admits she ''had'' been against Poppy from the start, but that outburst helped her realize that Poppy was a child cry."]]person, one who'd had it rough, and she was on the verge of becoming the next villain in her life.
* Happens in ''[[http://shadesofgrey.rydia.net/comic.html Shades of Grey]]'': the WellIntentionedExtremist angel dude after he meets two nice - but traumatized - demons and freaks out.



** It would seem Seymour is having one [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-01-26 here.]]

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** It would seem Seymour is having one [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2011-01-26 here.]]here]].



** A DayInTheLife [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-05-26 for Absinthe ends up with her seeing the strip club, going home, and clutching a pillow while her pets hover anxiously.]]
* In ''Webcomic/TheSpecialists'', [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-122/ Hartmann, trying to convince the Specialists they can trust him, tries to convince them of this: he tells them that he, the erstwhile Nazi, hates the Nazis -- and himself.]]

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** A DayInTheLife [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-05-26 for Absinthe ends up with her seeing the strip club, going home, and clutching a pillow while her pets hover anxiously.]]
anxiously]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheSpecialists'', [[http://thespecialistscomic.com/page-122/ Hartmann, trying to convince the Specialists they can trust him, tries to convince them of this: he tells them that he, the erstwhile Nazi, hates the Nazis -- and himself.]]himself]].
* In ''Webcomic/StrongFemaleProtagonist'', Alison has a long conversation with her ethics and aesthetics professor in which she attempts to come to terms with her decision to assault and kidnap someone she didn't like, then force him to use his powers to help save a great many lives. Except that over the course of the conversation she finds herself increasingly unable to escape the truth: she didn't do it to save those lives, she did it to save her friend. And that her attempts to portray him as the most selfish and horrible person she's ever known are projecting her own guilt onto him, given that she's lost friends because of her selfish behavior in her earlier years (not to mention her acquaintances with mass murderers and villains bent on world conquest).



* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Abraham realizes the error of his ways after Nanase persuades him that in trying to fulfill his oath by killing Ellen he was actually violating it. This leads him to become TheAtoner.
* X from ''Webcomic/AMagicalRoommate'' has one after being hired to build a doomsday device that involves nuclear power but can be controlled magically. She's initially fascinated by it and works hard, until she realises that she's building something that's going to kill people, at which point she sabotages the entire project and walks out.
* In ''Webcomic/AgentsOfTheRealm'', after Norah explains to her that Ruby is firmly in bad-guy camp, Jordan realizes that trusting the first person to know about their powers is a bad idea and jumps to Norah's camp.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', Vriska Serket, who up until this point had been manipulating events in the B1 session, has one after killing Tavros.
* ''Webcomic/PoppyOPossum:'' Between the FantasticRacism against opossums and her desire to keep peace in Eggton, Petunia Quibble starts the series determined to run Poppy out of town. She changes her mind after confronting Poppy over her past sins when she discovers, via an emotional outburst from Poppy, that the latest one before coming to Eggton was the result of Poppy's daughter being injured. When asked about it later, Petunia admits she ''had'' been against Poppy from the start, but that outburst helped her realize that Poppy was a person, one who'd had it rough, and she was on the verge of becoming the next villain in her life.
* In ''Webcomic/StrongFemaleProtagonist'', Alison has a long conversation with her ethics and aesthetics professor in which she attempts to come to terms with her decision to assault and kidnap someone she didn't like, then force him to use his powers to help save a great many lives. Except that over the course of the conversation she finds herself increasingly unable to escape the truth: she didn't do it to save those lives, she did it to save her friend. And that her attempts to portray him as the most selfish and horrible person she's ever known are projecting her own guilt onto him, given that she's lost friends because of her selfish behavior in her earlier years (not to mention her acquaintances with mass murderers and villains bent on world conquest).



* Steve in ''WebVideo/KateModern'', when he realises his religion is actually a [[ReligionOfEvil murderous cult]], which he has been serving blindly.
* Bobby Jacks in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', who realizes he's one of the bad guys very early on but then decides that now that he's killed somebody there's no going back. Lenny Priestly also arguably fits this, although he is less somber about it.
** In ''v4'', Reiko Ishida has one of these after [[spoiler:strangling resident WideEyedIdealist and InstantFanClub member Carol Burke to death in a fit of rage.]]



* Sombra's ThenLetMeBeEvil moment from ''Blog/AskKingSombra'' is ruined when he sees that Luna (who he had a thing for before he became evil) genuinely believed that he had been reformed and was heartbroken when she was proven wrong.
* In ''WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv'', Mello's mafia henchmen wonder if maybe, ''just maybe'', they're the bad guys. Also [[spoiler: [[DyingAsYourself Light makes a Heel Realization before he dies]] and [[StableTimeLoop tries to stop his past self]] from using the notebook]].
* Throughout ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', the titular VillainProtagonist has been a villain [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain in name only]], mouthing WellIntentionedExtremist slogans but too meek to actually do anything really bad. Then comes the challenge from the Evil League of Evil to which he aspires: [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten commit a heinous crime or die]]. It's not until the very end, when his inability to pull the trigger on his ArchEnemy Captain Hammer has led directly to the death of [[spoiler:his love interest, Penny]], that he realizes that the murder will be attributed to him, and thus he ''is'' now a villain for real. His final song, "Everything You Ever", is a [[LyricalDissonance triumphant dirge]] simultaneously celebrating his ascenscion to true Evil and mourning the loss of his soul.
** "Now the nightmare's real; now Dr. Horrible is here...."



* In [[http://www.rebelchristmascard2009.com/ this]] short video made for Christmas 2009, [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]] begins to [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique interrogate and torture]] SantaClaus. (Santa's flying over the US without a passport delivering mysterious packages, after all). With only a few sentences Santa makes Jack (who has just threatened to [[EyeScream cut out Santa's eyes]]) realize that what he's doing is wrong. The video ends with an emotionally distraught Jack leaving the room and nearly having a breakdown in his car.



* Phase of the Literature/WhateleyUniverse is a fourteen-year-old who was kicked out of the richest family on the planet, the Goodkinds, when he turned into a mutant: the Goodkinds are notoriously anti-mutant, supporting the [[KnightTemplar Knights of Purity]] and the semi-governmental Mutant Commission Office (MCO). Goodkinds, including the boy Phase used to be, have supported the MCO with billions of dollars over the years. Phase has defended the MCO to his new (mutant) friends at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]], even though there are rumors that the MCO has kidnapped hundreds of young mutants who were never seen again. In "Ayla and the Grinch", Phase has to face the fact that the MCO really ''has'' been kidnapping, and "disappearing", young mutants, and he is partly responsible, since he helped fund the MCO.
* Throughout ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'', the titular VillainProtagonist has been a villain [[IneffectualSympatheticVillain in name only]], mouthing WellIntentionedExtremist slogans but too meek to actually do anything really bad. Then comes the challenge from the Evil League of Evil to which he aspires: [[IfYoureSoEvilEatThisKitten commit a heinous crime or die]]. It's not until the very end, when his inability to pull the trigger on his ArchEnemy Captain Hammer has led directly to the death of [[spoiler:his love interest, Penny]], that he realizes that the murder will be attributed to him, and thus he ''is'' now a villain for real. His final song, "Everything You Ever", is a [[LyricalDissonance triumphant dirge]] simultaneously celebrating his ascenscion to true Evil and mourning the loss of his soul.
** "Now the nightmare's real; now Dr. Horrible is here...."
* {{Exaggerated|Trope}} in WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic blames himself for putting the lives of his Channel Awesome co-workers in danger to follow more of his crazy schemes, which he's right to do. He then starts blaming himself for things like [=SOPA=], the internet censorship bill, which he had nothing to do with.
* In ''WebVideo/DeathNoteTheAbridgedSeriesKpts4tv'', Mello's mafia henchmen wonder if maybe, ''just maybe'', they're the bad guys. Also [[spoiler: [[DyingAsYourself Light makes a Heel Realization before he dies]] and [[StableTimeLoop tries to stop his past self]] from using the notebook.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Bonesaw]] realizes just how screwed up she is thanks to some well placed words from [[spoiler:Contessa]] and [[spoiler:two years away from Jack.]]
* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', after being blasted into the past Church attempts to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong fix the mistakes of the past]]. Most notably, all the team killing. Then he [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone learns]] his attempts were [[NiceJobBreakingItHero what caused them in the first place.]]
-->'''Church:''' Oh no! ''I'm'' the team-killing fucktard!
** Later on, [[spoiler: Epsilon, in the form of Church and with his memories, angrily blows up at the entire Blood Gulch crew...perhaps not unjustified due to all the things that have happened to him, not all of which were his fault. However, he finally realizes what kind of an asshole he's been to ''them'' when Tucker, his friend for the longest time, and Caboose, the poster child for stupid yet earnest loyalty, both leave him and Carolina, walking out with the rest of the Blood Gulch crew.]]



* Sombra's ThenLetMeBeEvil moment from Blog/AskKingSombra is ruined when he sees that Luna (who he had a thing for before he became evil) genuinely believed that he had been reformed and was heartbroken when she was proven wrong.

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* Sombra's ThenLetMeBeEvil moment from Blog/AskKingSombra is ruined Steve in ''WebVideo/KateModern'', when he sees that Luna (who realises his religion is actually a [[ReligionOfEvil murderous cult]], which he had a thing for before he became evil) genuinely believed that he had has been reformed and was heartbroken when she was proven wrong.serving blindly.



* In ''Machinima/RedVsBlue'', after being blasted into the past Church attempts to [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong fix the mistakes of the past]]. Most notably, all the team killing. Then he [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone learns]] his attempts were [[NiceJobBreakingItHero what caused them in the first place]].
-->'''Church:''' Oh no! ''I'm'' the team-killing fucktard!
** Later on, [[spoiler: Epsilon, in the form of Church and with his memories, angrily blows up at the entire Blood Gulch crew...perhaps not unjustified due to all the things that have happened to him, not all of which were his fault. However, he finally realizes what kind of an asshole he's been to ''them'' when Tucker, his friend for the longest time, and Caboose, the poster child for stupid yet earnest loyalty, both leave him and Carolina, walking out with the rest of the Blood Gulch crew]].
* Bobby Jacks in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', who realizes he's one of the bad guys very early on but then decides that now that he's killed somebody there's no going back. Lenny Priestly also arguably fits this, although he is less somber about it.
** In ''v4'', Reiko Ishida has one of these after [[spoiler:strangling resident WideEyedIdealist and InstantFanClub member Carol Burke to death in a fit of rage]].
* {{Exaggerated|Trope}} in ''WebVideo/ToBoldlyFlee''. WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic blames himself for putting the lives of his Channel Awesome co-workers in danger to follow more of his crazy schemes, which he's right to do. He then starts blaming himself for things like [=SOPA=], the internet censorship bill, which he had nothing to do with.
* Phase of the ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'' is a fourteen-year-old who was kicked out of the richest family on the planet, the Goodkinds, when he turned into a mutant: the Goodkinds are notoriously anti-mutant, supporting the [[KnightTemplar Knights of Purity]] and the semi-governmental Mutant Commission Office (MCO). Goodkinds, including the boy Phase used to be, have supported the MCO with billions of dollars over the years. Phase has defended the MCO to his new (mutant) friends at [[SuperheroSchool Whateley Academy]], even though there are rumors that the MCO has kidnapped hundreds of young mutants who were never seen again. In "Ayla and the Grinch", Phase has to face the fact that the MCO really ''has'' been kidnapping, and "disappearing", young mutants, and he is partly responsible, since he helped fund the MCO.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'', [[spoiler:Bonesaw]] realizes just how screwed up she is thanks to some well placed words from [[spoiler:Contessa]] and [[spoiler:two years away from Jack]].
* In [[http://www.rebelchristmascard2009.com/ this]] short video made for Christmas 2009, [[Series/TwentyFour Jack Bauer]] begins to [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique interrogate and torture]] SantaClaus. (Santa's flying over the US without a passport delivering mysterious packages, after all). With only a few sentences Santa makes Jack (who has just threatened to [[EyeScream cut out Santa's eyes]]) realize that what he's doing is wrong. The video ends with an emotionally distraught Jack leaving the room and nearly having a breakdown in his car.



** [[DefectorFromDecadence Jeong Jeong]] and Iroh both had one before the series, [[spoiler: leading to them working with the Order of the White Lotus to stop the Fire Nation.]]
** [[spoiler:Fire Lord Sozin who began the war, left his best friend Avatar Roku to die, and wiped out the Air Nation realized this at the end of his life, but it was far too late to turn back, and his descendants turned out to be largely worse than he was.]]
** In the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[spoiler:Tarrlok]] goes through one of these after Amon takes his bending away, realizing that he's become the horrible man that his father wanted him to be. To atone, [[spoiler:he commits MurderSuicide, killing both himself and Amon and ending Yakone's evil legacy.]] It's also possible that [[spoiler:Amon]] went through one at the end but, like most things about his character, it's left ambiguous.

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** [[DefectorFromDecadence Jeong Jeong]] and Iroh both had one before the series, [[spoiler: leading to them working with the Order of the White Lotus to stop the Fire Nation.]]
Nation]].
** [[spoiler:Fire Lord Sozin who began the war, left his best friend Avatar Roku to die, and wiped out the Air Nation realized this at the end of his life, but it was far too late to turn back, and his descendants turned out to be largely worse than he was.]]
was]].
** In the SequelSeries, ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', [[spoiler:Tarrlok]] goes through one of these after Amon takes his bending away, realizing that he's become the horrible man that his father wanted him to be. To atone, [[spoiler:he commits MurderSuicide, killing both himself and Amon and ending Yakone's evil legacy.]] legacy]]. It's also possible that [[spoiler:Amon]] went through one at the end but, like most things about his character, it's left ambiguous.



* Vinnie's old flame Harley goes through this in "Turf Wars", the final episode of the 2006 finale of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars''. Having been disfigured and believing that the Biker Mice abandoned her, she sides with the Nomad Rats and attempts to use the Regenerator to make Olympus Mons erupt in order to kill the other Martian mice. She eventually sees the error of her ways and realizes that this course of action is not the way to save Mars.

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* In the 2006 finale of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars'', in the final episode "Turf Wars", Vinnie's old flame Harley goes through this in "Turf Wars", the final episode of the 2006 finale of ''WesternAnimation/BikerMiceFromMars''.this. Having been disfigured and believing that the Biker Mice abandoned her, she sides with the Nomad Rats and attempts to use the Regenerator to make Olympus Mons erupt in order to kill the other Martian mice. She eventually sees the error of her ways and realizes that this course of action is not the way to save Mars.



* Vlad from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' goes through this twice, albeit the first happened in a BadFuture where being without his powers for ten years made him realise his mistakes. The second occurred in the GrandFinale when his ultimate plan backfires and he loses everything, even Jack's respect. This trope is made clear when he shows a look of guilt before [[AlasPoorVillain sadly flying away from earth in exile]]

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* Vlad from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' goes through this twice, albeit the first happened in a BadFuture where being without his powers for ten years made him realise his mistakes. The second occurred in the GrandFinale when his ultimate plan backfires and he loses everything, even Jack's respect. This trope is made clear when he shows a look of guilt before [[AlasPoorVillain sadly flying away from earth in exile]]exile]].



** Subverted with "Brian The Closer". Brian seems to have realized that he was in the wrong for selling Quagmire the rundown condo, and that he's a bad person in general, but he was only stalling for the condo's refund deadline.

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** Subverted with "Brian The Closer". Closer." Brian seems to have realized that he was in the wrong for selling Quagmire the rundown condo, and that he's a bad person in general, but he was only stalling for the condo's refund deadline.



** In "Weirdmageddon", [[spoiler: Dipper makes Gideon realize that Mabel will never love him as long as continues his behavior, trying to force her to be with him and acting like a bully and a tyrant. Gideon ends up turning against Bill Cipher and helping Dipper, Wendy, and Soos free Mabel from her LotusEaterMachine.]]

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** In "Weirdmageddon", [[spoiler: Dipper makes Gideon realize that Mabel will never love him as long as continues his behavior, trying to force her to be with him and acting like a bully and a tyrant. Gideon ends up turning against Bill Cipher and helping Dipper, Wendy, and Soos free Mabel from her LotusEaterMachine.]]LotusEaterMachine]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', Coop tries to protect the Earth, though it's usually his fault, and he does far more damage than anyone else. The S-Force and ''their'' evil nemesis, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ender]], spend an episode pointing this out to him (aptly titled ''The Bad Guy''), and nearly everyone else does at some point. In the series finale, [[spoiler: an AU version of him actually ''was'' the bad guy. It was intended to be revealed at some point that he created the Glorft on accident, too.]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/MegasXLR'', Coop tries to protect the Earth, though it's usually his fault, and he does far more damage than anyone else. The S-Force and ''their'' evil nemesis, [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Ender]], spend an episode pointing this out to him (aptly titled ''The Bad Guy''), and nearly everyone else does at some point. In the series finale, [[spoiler: an AU version of him actually ''was'' the bad guy. It was intended to be revealed at some point that he created the Glorft on accident, too.]]too]].



** The Wonderbolts have a few of these thanks to Rainbow Dash - when their star cadet puts her friends in danger in "Wonderbolts Academy", and when they choose her over their teammate Soarin' in "Rainbow Falls".

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** The Wonderbolts have a few of these thanks to Rainbow Dash - when their star cadet puts her friends in danger in "Wonderbolts Academy", and when they choose her over their teammate Soarin' in "Rainbow Falls".Falls."



* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Crack Baby Athletic Association", Cartman talks Kyle into joining his business of getting crack babies to play basketball which, after some karaoke and bacon pancakes from Denny's, he accepts. He then tells Stan about it and Stan doesn't reply, making Kyle give a monologue how him and satire target NCAA do good by using players like slaves. Then towards the end of the episode, Stan says he's starting to sound like Cartman and Kyle replies "No I'm not goddammit!" [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone then cups his mouth in shock.]]

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* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Crack Baby Athletic Association", Cartman talks Kyle into joining his business of getting crack babies to play basketball which, after some karaoke and bacon pancakes from Denny's, he accepts. He then tells Stan about it and Stan doesn't reply, making Kyle give a monologue how him and satire target NCAA do good by using players like slaves. Then towards the end of the episode, Stan says he's starting to sound like Cartman and Kyle replies "No I'm not goddammit!" [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone then cups his mouth in shock.]]shock]].



* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E15TheHonorableOnes "The Honourable Ones"]], Agent Kallus winds up stranded on an icy moon with [[ArchEnemy Zeb]]. Zeb than proceeds to treat Kallus kindly, including splinting his broken leg, instead of just killing him out of hand. Kallus, in turn, winds up saving Zeb's life. At the end of the episode, he's seen sitting in his quarters on board the ISD ''Relentless'' in a decidedly contemplative mood, the seed of doubt in the Empire's cause apparently having been planted. [[spoiler: This ultimately leads to a HeelFaceTurn.]]
* [[spoiler:Megatron]] in the finale movie of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', ''Predacon Rising''. After spending the whole movie [[spoiler:as Unicron's unwilling slave, he realizes the oppressive evil he has inflicted on Cybertron, and disbands the Decepticons.]]

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* ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'': In [[Recap/StarWarsRebelsS2E15TheHonorableOnes "The Honourable Ones"]], Agent Kallus winds up stranded on an icy moon with [[ArchEnemy Zeb]]. Zeb than proceeds to treat Kallus kindly, including splinting his broken leg, instead of just killing him out of hand. Kallus, in turn, winds up saving Zeb's life. At the end of the episode, he's seen sitting in his quarters on board the ISD ''Relentless'' in a decidedly contemplative mood, the seed of doubt in the Empire's cause apparently having been planted. [[spoiler: This ultimately leads to a HeelFaceTurn.]]
HeelFaceTurn]].
* [[spoiler:Megatron]] in the finale movie of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime'', ''Predacon Rising''. After spending the whole movie [[spoiler:as Unicron's unwilling slave, he realizes the oppressive evil he has inflicted on Cybertron, and disbands the Decepticons.]] Decepticons]].



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