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12th Jul '17 10:42:01 PM Nadim
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* Nicholas pulls a {{Heel Face Turn}} for Mia in ''Film/{{Princess Diaries}}''.
20th May '17 7:23:02 PM nombretomado
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* Played rather straight in ''AVeryPotterMusical'' with [[spoiler:Voldemort and Quirrell]], but when it comes to [[spoiler:Draco]], it may qualify as a ZigZaggingTrope.

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* Played rather straight in ''AVeryPotterMusical'' ''Theatre/AVeryPotterMusical'' with [[spoiler:Voldemort and Quirrell]], but when it comes to [[spoiler:Draco]], it may qualify as a ZigZaggingTrope.
16th May '17 10:19:41 AM nombretomado
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* [[spoiler:Kohaku]] in ''{{Tsukihime}}'' when you finally find out how messed up she is and then get the chance at her path. She almost lampshades it at the end of [[spoiler:Hisui's route]] where she notes rather calmly that if Shiki hadn't [[spoiler:confused the behavior of her in the past for Hisui now and given ''her'' back the ribbon]] she would have called off her plan.

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* [[spoiler:Kohaku]] in ''{{Tsukihime}}'' ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' when you finally find out how messed up she is and then get the chance at her path. She almost lampshades it at the end of [[spoiler:Hisui's route]] where she notes rather calmly that if Shiki hadn't [[spoiler:confused the behavior of her in the past for Hisui now and given ''her'' back the ribbon]] she would have called off her plan.
7th May '17 12:51:50 AM Zeiram1990
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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[spoiler:Mai, out of love for Zuko, aids his and Sokka's escape from the Boiling Rock. She even tells Azula that she loves Zuko more than she fears her. When Azula tries to kill her for that defiance, Ty Lee blocks Azula's chi out of love for Mai. Both end up prisoners, but [[MachiavelliWasWrong their platonic and romantic love outweighing their fear of her]] spelled the beginning of the end for Avatar's favorite MagnificentBastard. Oh dear God(s), [[VillainousBreakdown was it ever]].]]

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* In ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', [[spoiler:Mai, out of love for Zuko, aids his and Sokka's escape from the Boiling Rock. She even tells Azula that she loves Zuko more than she fears her. When Azula tries to kill her for that defiance, Ty Lee blocks Azula's chi out of love for Mai. Both end up prisoners, but [[MachiavelliWasWrong their platonic and romantic love outweighing their fear of her]] spelled the beginning of the end for Avatar's favorite MagnificentBastard.Azula. Oh dear God(s), [[VillainousBreakdown was it ever]].]]
22nd Apr '17 8:26:55 PM nombretomado
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* Supervillainess Sahar in the ''WhateleyUniverse''. She has a psychic ability to - once she's seduced a Psi - get so close that she can learn to copy that Psi's best 'knacks'. This makes her a ruthless femme fatale, until she falls in love with a mark, Zenith. She doesn't know how to handle that. So it takes a different kind of love - friendship - to get her to finish her HeelFaceTurn. And she gets Zenith back.
* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', John Rizzolo pulls a HeelFaceTurn when the lover he's been after the whole time, Emma Babineux, kisses him. [[spoiler: Cruelly subverted when Rizzolo reveals he was just using that as a way to get Emma in a vulnerable position, and proceeds to stab her and then shoot her in the head.]]

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* Supervillainess Sahar in the ''WhateleyUniverse''.''Literature/WhateleyUniverse''. She has a psychic ability to - once she's seduced a Psi - get so close that she can learn to copy that Psi's best 'knacks'. This makes her a ruthless femme fatale, until she falls in love with a mark, Zenith. She doesn't know how to handle that. So it takes a different kind of love - friendship - to get her to finish her HeelFaceTurn. And she gets Zenith back.
* In ''SurvivalOfTheFittest'', ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', John Rizzolo pulls a HeelFaceTurn when the lover he's been after the whole time, Emma Babineux, kisses him. [[spoiler: Cruelly subverted when Rizzolo reveals he was just using that as a way to get Emma in a vulnerable position, and proceeds to stab her and then shoot her in the head.]]
17th Mar '17 1:19:08 AM RisefromYourGrave
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* The ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' episode "Angel" features Stitch falling in love with the titular experiment, except that she's using him to get to the other reformed experiments to turn them evil again. In the end, however, she's touched by Stitch's devotion and goes against Gantu. Though she's taken away at the end of the episode, she's rescued in the GrandFinale of the series, along with the other experiments that were captured by Gantu.

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* The ''WesternAnimation/LiloAndStitchTheSeries'' episode "Angel" [[Recap/LiloAndStitchTheSeriesS1E30Angel "Angel"]] features Stitch falling in love with the titular experiment, except that she's using him to get to the other reformed experiments to turn them evil again. In the end, however, she's touched by Stitch's devotion kindness and devotion, and goes against Gantu. Though she's taken away at the end of the episode, she's rescued in the GrandFinale of the series, "Snafu", along with the other experiments that were captured by Gantu.
10th Mar '17 5:21:22 AM Arivne
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* ''Film/{{DEBS}}''. Lucy Diamond is a supervillain criminal who once tried to destroy Australia. After she meets and falls in love with her arch nemesis Amy Bradshaw, she realizes that "being bad doesn't feel good anymore" and gives up her life of crime to be with Amy.
8th Mar '17 6:40:32 PM TimeLordVictorious
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** Played with in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', as it seems that when Han confronts [[spoiler: his son, Ben Solo/]]Kylo Ren, it seems as if Ren will perform a HeelFaceTurn. [[[[DefiedTrope Defied heart-breakingly]], [[BaitAndSwitch with Kylo instead proceeding to]] [[TearJerker kill Han at that moment]].]]

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** Played with in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', as it seems that when Han confronts [[spoiler: his son, Ben Solo/]]Kylo Ren, it seems as if Ren will perform a HeelFaceTurn. [[[[DefiedTrope [[spoiler: [[DefiedTrope Defied heart-breakingly]], [[BaitAndSwitch with Kylo instead proceeding to]] [[TearJerker kill Han at that moment]].]]
8th Mar '17 6:40:05 PM TimeLordVictorious
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** Played with in ''Film/TheForceAwakens'', as it seems that when Han confronts [[spoiler: his son, Ben Solo/]]Kylo Ren, it seems as if Ren will perform a HeelFaceTurn. [[[[DefiedTrope Defied heart-breakingly]], [[BaitAndSwitch with Kylo instead proceeding to]] [[TearJerker kill Han at that moment]].]]
7th Mar '17 6:12:00 AM NightShade96
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[[index]]
* LoveRedeems/AnimeAndManga
* LoveRedeems/{{Literature}}
* LoveRedeems/VideoGames
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[[folder:Anime]]
* Subverted in ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Villain Sensui still tries to do nasty evil things despite being in love with Itsuki. Yusuke remains a jerk through most of the series even though he's in love with Keiko... though you could argue that Yusuke might be on the level of the villains [[TsunDere without Keiko's mix of nagging and affection]].
** Played straight platonically with Kurama and his human mother, Shiori Minamino. He fused with her unborn baby and then planned to abandon her once his injuries were fully healed, but seeing her care for him is what made him one of the good guys.
** [[spoiler:Yusuke's ancestor, Lord Raizen. A member of a human-eating species of demon, he fell in love with, and then had sex with, a female doctor in medieval Japan, who had the guts to stand up to him when he tried to eat her (whose lineage later led to Yusuke). When we meet him, he's dying from starvation from refusal to eat human flesh in honor of the lady doctor, who [[DeathByChildbirth died when she gave birth to their kid aka Yusuke's ancestor]]. Yusuke, being his most powerful descendant, becomes his successor after Raizen's death.]]
* In ''Anime/SailorMoon'', the dark general Nephrite grew to love Naru, best friend to Sailor Moon. Though at first he wondered WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove, he started to reciprocate her feelings and, since RedemptionEqualsDeath, died of a HeroicSacrifice to save Naru.
--> "It seems... we are not gonna have our Chocolate Parfait."
** This repeated itself in ''Sailor Moon R'' with Saphir and Petz, though Petz was already a redeemed villainess. And Petz herself was redeemed because of the love of her younger sisters Berthier, Koan and Calaveras. In fact, except for Koan, all the Ayakashi sisters had their {{Heel Face Turn}}s as their siblings tell them that they're not alone and they can have a peaceful life as humans.
** Subverted in the case of Kunzite and Zoisite. Yes, they were in love, but they never even considered a HeelFaceTurn. In fact, given that Zoisite outright stated that everything he did was for Kunzite, and Kunzite later swore that he would get revenge for Zoisite's death, their love motivated many of the things they did.
* In ''Anime/PrincessTutu'', DarkMagicalGirl Rue eventually turns against the BigBad Raven because of her love for Mytho. Then again, [[LoveMakesYouEvil that was the reason for her evil actions]] in the first place...
* The gentlemanly nihilist Celestin in ''Manga/AhMyGoddess'' was redeemed, not by anyone loving him directly, but by feeling the love between Keiichi and Belldandy (he'd used GrandTheftMe on Keiichi, at the time). Knowing such a thing could exist, he regained faith in existence and ceased his attack on reality.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'': The love between Seto and Kisara saved Seto from accepting the lure of TheDarkSide and later from being possessed by his father.
** In the original manga, this happened for Seto Kaiba; Yugi's mind crush left him comatose for a year, but that reawakened his love for his younger brother Mokuba, changing him from a complete sociopath into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* Sara from ''Manga/MermaidMelodyPichiPichiPitch'' is an odd case. [[spoiler:LoveMakesYouEvil took effect when she was sixteen, having been tricked into believing [[WomanScorned she'd been abandoned]]. Now, at twenty-three and aiming to [[TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt destroy the world]], she realizes that the poor guy was innocent just as a chandelier falls on him and [[HeelFaceTurn goes back to good]]. The anime [[AdaptationDistillation does away with the chandelier]].]]
* Subverted in season two of ''Anime/CodeGeass'', when [[spoiler:Rolo, Lelouch's fake brother/would-be assassin, does his HeelFaceTurn. Lelouch saves Rolo's life, then tells Rolo that [[FakeMemories even though the memories of their relationship were fake]] the feelings were still real, and Rolo 'isn't suited to death and violence.' Since Rolo had been showing signs of attachment to Lelouch, and his life before posing as Lelouch's brother had been one assassination mission after another, this of course causes him to switch sides. Lelouch's next internal monologue, however, reveals that he had staged the whole thing in order to convert Rolo, and that he fully intends to [[ManipulativeBastard 'use him up and throw him away like a dirty rag']], as a kind of revenge for daring to replace Nunnally.]]
** The cruelest part? The trope was played straight with the other party. [[spoiler: Rolo goes from a CreepyChild assassin to an adoring little brother. In episode 19, when Lelouch was betrayed and abandoned by ''everyone'', Rolo was the only one who stayed with Lelouch, even after Lelouch admitted he was just using Rolo. [[HeroicSacrifice Then, Rolo]] ''[[RedemptionEqualsDeath died.]]'' ]]
** At the same time used straight with [[spoiler: Viletta and Ougi, after going through the [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor revolving door]] as they get [[HappilyMarried a happy Disney wedding]].]] Which in a cruel twist of irony [[spoiler:led to the aforementioned betrayal of the Black Knights against Lelouch, and Rolo's self-sacrificial rescue, followed by Lelouch enacting the Zero Requiem as a result of [[DespairEventHorizon feeling he had no one else to turn to in order to carry on, and dying in the end]].]]
* This is the reason why the Wolkenritter weren't the [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots cold-blooded weapons]] that [[TheFederation the Time-Space Administration Bureau]] remembered when they appeared in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs''. Hayate loved them so and treated them as her family so the Wolkenritter gained personalities with kind hearts. Even [[ArtifactOfDoom the Book of Darkness]] was affected, with the love she had for her mistress having grown so strong [[spoiler: that she was willing to [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifice herself]] to protect her mistress]].
* Plays a major role in all parts of ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' (and to a lesser extent, its parent series ''{{Anime/Macross}}''): The [[Anime/SuperDimensionFortressMacross Zentraedi, Meltrandi]], [[Anime/SuperDimensionCavalrySouthernCross Robotech Masters]] and even [[Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada Invid]] make a HeelRaceTurn upon discovering love.
* Used in ''Manga/FistOfTheNorthStar'' repeatedly, often crossed over with RedemptionEqualsDeath. Especially obvious in the case of [[spoiler: Raoh. Just as Yuria admits she's about to die, Raoh realizes that he loves her. However, he really, really, wants to fight Kenshiro. More than just about anything else, including conquering the whole world. So he hits a few pressure points, ensuring that Yuria will live a few years longer, and heads off to his final hopless-battle knowing that once his little brother kills him, Yuria will be loved and taken care of.]]
* In ''Anime/CowboyBebop'', the implication is that once upon a time Spike and his EvilCounterpart Vicious were the same until the love between Spike and Julia turned Spike good.
* In ''Manga/FruitsBasket'' Kagura confesses that she pursued Kyo because she thought that loving him would cancel out some cruel and selfish behavior toward him, but now she realizes that it was as selfish as the original actions.
** Both Kyoko and Kyo became happier, nicer people after Katsuyo and Tohru respectively entered their lives, as those were the first people to treat them so well.
* In ''LightNovel/KaraNoKyoukai'', SociopathicHero BloodKnight Ryougi Shiki limits herself to avoid killing for her ActualPacifist LoveInterest Mikiya's sake.
* In the ''VideoGame/FatalFury'' first movie, young Lily Maguire was a pawn in Geese Howard's plan to murder his old rival Jeff. She grew up into a gorgeous and flirty FemmeFatale, but could never forgive herself for her role in Jeff's death, until she met Jeff's eldest son Terry and gradually recovered her hope in life. [[spoiler: But since this is ''[[CartwrightCurse Terry Bogard]]'' we're talking about... ]]
* ''Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater'' presents Nadia as a BrokenBird variant. She's initially abrasive and distrusting of others in general (especially adults), due to her upbringing and because those who pursue her either want to use her, or simply want the Blue Water she possesses. But she gradually learns to accept and trust those around her, thanks to her growing feelings for [[LoveInterest Jean]], along with [[CoolBigSis Grandis]] and the Nautilus crew.
* ''Anime/PhantomQuestCorp'': Bosco is a FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire who's been trying to kick the habit ever since he met [[SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan Makiko]], a 19-year-old college student that he fell in love with. To that end, he repeatedly exposed himself to crosses and garlic to build resistance to them, and high-powered UV lamps, which is how he [[RemovedAchillesHeel eventually became immune]] to sunlight - all so he could be closer to her. Not only did she reciprocate, she's been allowing him to feed on her four times a year, at 200cc's per quarter.
* ''Anime/DigimonAdventure'' - Yamato usually only gets a grip and starts acting like part of a team after someone else (specifically Taichi, but there are other examples - Yamato was a bit slow on the uptake) nearly gets themselves killed trying to help him [[ThePowerOfFriendship and his Crest activates]]. He has a few snap backs until finally getting the hang of the whole thing shortly before taking on the last of the [[BigBad Big Bads]].
** And it doesn't stop with the first series. There's also [[Anime/DigimonAdventure02 Ken]]. It was the HeroicSacrifice of Wormmon (who continued to believe in Ken constantly going though a whole ton of crap while Ken was the Kaiser) that woke him up to how [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone much of a git he was being and the fact that he was killing real creatures]]. Later, it was Daisuke's absolute refusal to give up on trying to be friends with him (plus the odd [[GetAHoldOfYourselfMan slap in the face]]) that resulted in their hearts becoming literally [[{{Synchronization}} synchronized]], allowing their Digimon [[FusionDance to Jogress evolve]].)
* Similar to the ''Anime/PrincessTutu'' example, the final episode of ''{{Pretear}}'' has [[spoiler:Sasame [[HeroicSacrifice throwing himself in the way of an attack meant for Takako/Fenrir]].]] This selfless act saves them both from the dark power they'd been possessed with--but considering [[LoveMakesYouEvil they both ended up that way because of their unrequited love in the first place...]]
* Given the series' emphasis on ThePowerOfLove, it should come as no surprise that this trope shows up in ''Anime/EurekaSeven''. Though it takes almost the entire series, [[spoiler:Anemone, Eureka's EvilCounterpart]], is redeemed by ThePowerOfLove when she is reunited with Dominic, her significant other.
* ''Anime/YuGiOhGX'' Once Juudai remembers his vow to always love Yubel, it's that love that leads him to choose Super Fusion to add to her hand, giving him the chance to fuse their souls together, purging her of the Light of Ruin, redeeming his mistakes and hers as well.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Boa Hancock starts off as a personification of the ScrewTheRulesImBeautiful trope, an absolute [[KickTheDog dog-kicking]] bitch to everyone except for her two younger sisters. However, after falling in love with Luffy, she begins to turn around, and eventually becomes an overall nice person (to her allies, anyway). [[ChasteHero Not to say that Luffy returns her feelings]], but still.
* Done in a very low-key but realistic manner in ''Manga/TheWeathermanIsMyLover'', where both of the [[LonersAreFreaks lonely]] StepfordSmiler characters help each other change for the better through ThePowerOfLove.
* Vegeta sacrificed himself in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' in order to save his loved ones in a RedemptionEqualsDeath way. Goku later used his feelings for Bulma as a way to get him to use the fusion earring.
* While it never really convinced them to become permanent good guys, ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'''s Team Rocket care enough for their Pokémon (and each other) that they go out of their way to help them in times of trouble. (see "''A Poached Ego''" and "''Crossing Paths''" for some excellent examples, although you should [[TearJerker also bring a tissue]])
* In ''Manga/FairyTail'', as the Tenrou Island Arc begins to wind down, Ultear and Meredy are leaving the island via boat, where Ultear confirms that she was the one who attacked Meredy's village. She then stabs and throws herself overboard, her MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment overtaking her will to live. However, Meredy uses her magic to learn exactly how Ultear feels, and saves her from death while saying they can forget about Grimoire Heart and live on together, coupled with a declaration of love.
** Also, the reason for Ultear's HeelFaceTurn is that she fell into the sea where the melted body of her mother Ur ended up. After witnessing her mother's memories and being able to experience her mother's love for her, she realizes that her mother didn't abandon her and that her actions were not justifiable and were, in fact, unforgivable and tries to fix some of her mistakes.
** During the the Alvarez Empire arc, Gajeel of all people admits to being this. He apparently developed a strong sense of self hatred for his past crimes after joining Fairy Tail, and still seems to consider himself evil and worthless. [[spoiler: when he believes himself to be dying, he finally confesses his love to Levy. He tells her that he was one of the worse kind of monsters and thanks her for caring for him and staying by his side despite the fact that he once tortured and almost killed her for his own amusement. He credits her with being able to bring out the last shred of good in him and says that he was able to learn how to love because of her, one of his last actions is to tell Levy that, more or less, loving her was the only good thing he ever did.]]
** Hot-eye/Richard is a very odd example. He started off as a greedy, money obsessed member of the Oracion seis, but the use of a machine that manipulates the good and evil within a person turns him into a gentle, childish LoveFreak. Even when the machine's effect ends, he remains unchanged because he remembers why he descended into greed in the first place; he only wanted money to hunt for his beloved little brother who had been kidnapped and sold into slavery.
* In ''Manga/KamisamaKiss'' [[DrillSergeantNasty Jirou's]] affection for Nanami mellow him out quite a bit. [[spoiler: Looks like Nanami is responsible for it happening to Tomoe as well.]]
* A running theme of ''Manga/ApollosSong''. The futuristic arc has the queen of the {{artificial human}}s become [[DefrostingTheIceQueen kinder and more gentle]] after she falls in love with Shogo. Similarly, the storyline where Shogo and Hiromi are stranded together on an island, their blossoming love causes them to be much less selfish. The main storyline, meanwhile, deals entirely with Shogo's psychotic behavior being healed through learning to accept love, which turns out to happen when [[spoiler:the Hiromi of that period is actually a student of Shogo's psychiatrist, sent to keep an eye on Shogo and teach him love after he escapes the institute he was kept at.]]
* Subverted at several points in ''Manga/AnatoliaStory'', when the protagonists discover the parts love played in the bitterness and corruption of the two villains, Nakia and [[spoiler:Nefertiti]]. Even though both were shown as being the victims of bad circumstances (forced into arranged marriages for the good of their home countries) and were shown at their nicest in flashbacks with their lovers, it's made clear that they've grown to too far gone to even consider redemption. [[spoiler:This is shown through how Nakia is willing to sacrifice Urhi, should it protect herself, and how Nefertiti [[TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget completely forgot the significance of a momento she gave]] [[BrotherSisterIncest her brother]].]]
* ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'':
** Whether or not Accelerator even ''can'' be redeemed for the things he's done is a point of contention both in and out of universe, but it's clear that Last Order's love for him (and his for her, though he rarely admits it) is one of the only reasons he's improving at all.
** Shizuri Mugino begins becoming a better person with her developing a genuine friendship with the rest of ITEM and a love for Shiage Hamazura, although Shiage doesn't return her feelings and she is aware of this.
** Accelerator's strange friendship with Misaka Worst pulled her out of a suicidal rampage and seems to be bringing out some slight improvements in her behavior.
** Othinus stopped her plan of destroying and remaking the world after growing to love and respect Touma.
* Tatsumi of ''Manga/AkameGaKill'' becomes the receiver of the love and affection of an insanely powerful general in a country he is currently part of a rebellion against. He attempts at first to use this to try and convince her that what is going on in her country is wrong and bring her to his side through ThePowerOfLove. He soon realizes this is [[{{Subverted}} impossible, because deep down, she is completely insane and nothing he does will ever change that.]]
* In ''Anime/CuteHighEarthDefenseClubLove'', Kinshirou, who's spent the last few years engaging in LoveMakesYouEvil and NotGoodWithRejection, is ultimately redeemed by [[spoiler:the restoration of his friendship with Atsushi]].
* In ''Anime/SpacePatrolLuluco,'' [[spoiler:Alpha Omega Nova turns out to be an EmptyShell working for the BigBad]]. When Luluco realizes that she still cares about him, she confronts him and somehow releases [[CareBearStare a blast of pure love]] that [[HumanityIsInfectious fixes that problem]].
* Downplayed in ''Anime/DanganRonpa3''. Izuru's [[DeathOfPersonality forgotten]] feelings for Chiaki resurface after [[spoiler:he watches her die]], motivating him to finally abandon his BystanderSyndrome and plot against Junko; however, his interests still lie mostly with himself rather than with good, his interests [[HeroicNeutral just happen to be]] in the name of {{Revenge}} against the BigBad. Ironically, those same feelings for her [[LoveMakesYouEvil caused him to join Junko in the first place]], so this is rather full-circle.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul[=:Re=]'', [[spoiler: Takizawa begins to regain his humanity after Akira and Amon both risk their lives to save him. After the one month TimeSkip, he's looking healthier and more sane.....and has spent the whole time watching over a badly-injured Akira]].
* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' has a platonic [[HoYay (Maybe)]] example with Robert EO Speedwagon, who starts off as a violent, destitute mugger in the rough streets of Victorian London, but after meeting Jonathan Joestar and trying to mug him, he ends up touched by Jonathan's [[AllLovingHero mercy, empathy and kindness]], and becomes his [[UndyingLoyalty extremely close friend.]] He eventually ends up a kind-hearted [[Fiction500 billionaire oil tycoon]] who dedicates his fortune to both helping the Joestars fight evil and developing life-saving medical technology to help people all over the world.
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* In the ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, it's revealed in ''[[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows Deathly Hallows]]'' that [[spoiler:Snape did his HeelFaceTurn out of love for Lily. Although he never stopped being a JerkAss.]]
** A milder but still very impressive example in the same book occurs when [[spoiler:Narcissa Malfoy lies to Voldemort about Harry's death, thus protecting him, as her only remaining motivation is her love for Draco. It eventually leads to the Malfoy family being pardoned for their crimes.]]
** This is the defining trope of ''Harry Potter''. If a character truly loves another, then they become at least somewhat sympathetic. Inversely, all of the characters who don't love are pure evil. There are very few exceptions to this rule in the series, but the most glaring one is Bellatrix Lestrange, who has a very powerful obsessive love for her master, Lord Voldemort, but is still quite evil, without a single sympathetic moment to her name.
* In Creator/PiersAnthony's ''Literature/ApprenticeAdept'' series, the evil Tania falls in love with the protagonist Bane and has a HeelFaceTurn (and a serious personality change), though she ends marrying someone else as Bane is already married.
* This trope is a biggie in the 18th-century novel ''Pamela'' by Samuel Richardson, a book that intended to be about proper conduct. A young waiting-maid's mistress dies, and so the household is given over to her son, Mr. B, who quickly sets his sights on Pamela's "virtue." She manages to refuse his advances despite his hostile behavior and attempts to full-out rape her, and eventually decides to quit and return home. Only the carriage meant to take her home ''kidnaps her'' to one of Mr. B's other estates, where she is held prisoner with her virtue as the ransom. She endures more of his advances, until finally Mr. B reads the letters she's been writing detailing her imprisonment and just then realizes what a terrible human being he's been. He lets her go, but Pamela realizes she's in love and accepts his marriage proposal. And suddenly Mr. B has been supporting an illegitimate child all this time, so he's really a good guy, honest!
* In Creator/TadWilliams' ''Literature/MemorySorrowAndThorn'' series, RebelliousPrincess Miriamele attempts to invoke this trope to bring her father, UnwittingPawn Elias, back from the brink of releasing the SealedEvilInACan Storm King. It doesn't work, but [[spoiler:after the summoning is interrupted by Simon and Camaris, he regains enough sanity to [[ICannotSelfTerminate beg her to kill him]]. She does, saving the world]].
** Miriamele also uses this on ShellShockedVeteran Cadrach earlier in the story. It doesn't prevent TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt, but does set Cadrach up for a [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice in the CollapsingLair]].
* In the Literature/{{Dragonlance}} ''Legends'' trilogy, [[HolierThanThou priestess]] [[LightIsNotGood Crysania]] believes that she can pull this off for [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark]] [[SuicidalCosmicTemperTantrum wizard]] [[OmnicidalManiac Raistlin]]. The ''actual'' redemption comes at the last second, in the form of Raistlin's [[CainAndAbel estranged]] [[LoveMartyr twin]] brother.
* This is heavily implied in the case of Richard and Alec's departure in ''[[Literature/{{Swordspoint}} The Privilege of the Sword]]''.
* In ''Literature/WhiteFang'', without actually redeeming himself as he retains his wolf instincs, White Fang becomes much less wild and violent after being adopted by Scott, the only master he grows to love.
* In the ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'' series, both [[spoiler: Denna]] and [[spoiler: Nicci]] are redeemed by their love for Richard Rahl. Neither of them actually gets to be with him, as he was already with Kahlan, but [[spoiler: Denna]] died shortly afterwards and [[spoiler: Nicci]] clearly stated that IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy.
* Many fans of ''Tales of the Frog Princess'' by Creator/EDBaker theorize that this happened to Garrid. When you think about it, it actually makes sense. Pre-[[LoveInterest Li'l]]: Cold, cunning, a liar, and something of a {{Jerkass}}. Post-Li'l: Funny, relaxed, FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire, very helpful ally to have around. Depending on your view, he could also have qualified as a JerkWithAHeartOfGold all along-- it just took Garrid falling for Li'l for it to show.
* ''Literature/InDeath'': Eve and Roarke certainly experience this from their relationship.
* PlayedWith on an ongoing basis in Literature/TheDresdenFiles - love can save a White Court Vampire before their first feeding, but once their demon has asserted itself, love is merely dangerous. Harry tries to invoke this for [[spoiler: Molly Carpenter]], his apprentice. He tries to avert the romantic aspect of that as much as possible (for obvious, squicky reasons), but seems to have failed as of ''Ghost Stories.''
** Turns out that it was true for [[spoiler: Charity Carpenter]] as well, redeemed by her love for her husband.
** Averted for [[spoiler: Shadowman]], [[spoiler: Susan Rodriguez]], and the Denarians.
*** Turns out that the Knights of the Cross exist ''to fulfill'' this trope, turning the hosts of the Denarians against their Fallen Angel. One of their swords is even named "The Sword of Love". Yeeesh. Don't think that they wont work with the occasional wizard who knows how to [[GoodCopBadCop deliver the alternative for great justice]].
* Literature/TrappedOnDraconica: Two examples:
*** Ben's CharacterDevelopment away from DirtyCoward is jumpstarted by a desire to 'look macho' in front of Erowin, his crush.
*** Kalak's development away from JerkAss WarriorPrince to [[WisePrince wise warrior prince]] is his love for [[spoiler: Daniar]] and her love in return.
** Two more examples in the sequel, ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'':
** [[spoiler: Zarracka becomes reluctantly heroic after meeting [[MoralityPet her nephew Benji]].]]
*** The man that became [[spoiler: Kthonia's]] husband was a Death Seeker and therefore Too Kinky to Torture. Eventually she fell for him and mellowed out.
* ''Literature/CrimeAndPunishment'': Raskolnikov is on his way to redemption at the end of the novel, thanks to his relationship with Sofia.
* One of the most prominent themes in Literature/TheBible, with the Great Commandment in the New Testament being as love for God and love for your neighbor meaning ultimate redemption.
* In ''Literature/ThePhantomOfManhattan'' (a sequel to ''ThePhantomOfTheOpera''), Erik, the titular Phantom, realizes that his love for [[spoiler: his son Pierre]] is a greater one than what he has for Christine, and when it is reciprocated he [[spoiler: makes a full Heel Face Turn]].
* This is a common theme in Francine Rivers’ novels, especially ''Literature/TheMarkOfTheLion'' trilogy and — [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin as you’d expect]] — ''Literature/RedeemingLove.''
* In Simon R. Green's book ''Hex In The City'', a man called Sinner (who has been rejected by both Heaven and Hell, and as such must walk the earth eternally) and his succubus soulmate Pretty Poison are being attacked, and Sinner shields her with his body. As his body is being chipped away, piece by piece, by the constant attacks, Pretty Poison comprehends the notions of self-sacrifice and love, and instead moves to shield him with her own body. Cue a pillar of light that transforms her to her pre-Fall angelic state, and both are forgiven and raised to Heaven. "Come with me, to Paradise," said the angel to the man called Sinner. "For you have been found worthy, as have I."
* ''Literature/TheFifthWave'' by Rick Yancey uses this trope when dealing with Evan Walker, who is [[spoiler: a Silencer, who basically roams the countryside shooting people]] until he falls in love with Cassie.
* This happens to DimeNovel villain Zanoni the Woman Wizard. ArchEnemy Dr Quartz once kidnapped Literature/NickCarter and brainwashed him into thinking that he was an invalid married to Zanoni. Nick's kind treatment of Zanoni made her fall in love with him and reform.
* ''The Japanned Box'', a non-Literature/SherlockHolmes short story by Arthur Conan Doyle, recounts a tutor's discovery of his employer's dark secret. In his past, the lord was a drunk and a hellion, until his since-deceased wife inspired him to reform. The titular box contains [[spoiler: a phonograph recording of her last words, begging him not to lapse into his old ways of drinking and hell-raising. Determined to hold himself to his promise and unable to abide being pitied, the man regularly locks himself away and listens to the recording. By the time of the story, his mania for secrecy leaves his servants speculating wildly about the mysterious woman's voice they keep hearing.]]
* In ''Literature/{{Allegiant}}'', [[spoiler:when given the choice between reclaiming her son Tobias's affection or holding on to power in the city, Evelyn chooses Tobias]]. And she's much happier for it.
* In ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight'', Stark and Zoey's relationship is entirely built on this. Initially, after he becomes a Red Fledgling, he works for the BigBad; but after he falls for Zoey, he believes her when she tells him he can choose to be good and pledges to be her warrior.
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* ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' contains both straight and subverted examples:
** A male protagonist can redeem [[spoiler: Bastila]] more easily if they've fallen in love during the game. However, if you fail, she tells you that her feelings for you helped to hasten her fall to the Dark Side. However, if the male protagonist chooses to go Dark Side then him and [[spoiler:Dark Side Bastila]] go on to become a happy little Sith couple, thus subverting the trope again.
** Meanwhile, if a female protagonist turns to the Dark Side, Carth attempts to offer her a LastSecondChance. The official version of the game subverts the trope at this point, as the PC can't be redeemed through Carth's love and the player's only options are to have the PC kill him herself or to allow [[spoiler:Bastila]] to cut him down. A third option cut from the official release, however, would have allowed the PC to be redeemed.
** This is also (in a more subdued manner, due to cuts fueled by ExecutiveMeddling) shown in the sequel with Atton and the female Exile, if she's Light-Sided. Of course, [[LoveMakesYouEvil if she's not Light-Sided...]]
** The sequel also contains [[BrokenBird Visas]], who starts as a Sith apprentice and ends up abandoning her Sith ideology if the player is light-side. This is an example of the PowerOfFriendship if the player is female, though.
** Jolee's backstory subverts this trope. All the same, though, he maintains that love will save you, not condemn you; it's unrestrained ''passion'' that is dangerous.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' contains an example near the end with [[spoiler:Aribeth]]. That scene is so similar to the one mentioned in the KnightsOfTheOldRepublic section that it seems like they just rewrote some of the dialogue to make it make sense in the Star Wars context, in addition to recycling the character.
* ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' has something like this with Neeshka if a male player has enough Influence with her in the ending sequence of the main campaign.
** And in Mask of the Betrayer, love is the primary thing that gives people the strength to challenge the monsterous injustice of the Wall of the Faithless.
** And the cut conclusion for Bishop's romance arc.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/ADanceWithRogues'' if [[PlayerCharacter the Princess]] romances [[{{Jerkass}} Vico]]. He begins to treat her much nicer then and looks after her, but remains the same [[MurderIsTheBestSolution bloodthirsty killer]] as before and doesn't change his [[TheSocialDarwinist beliefs or ways]].
* Jaffar in ''FireEmblem 7'' was a heartless killer until he met PluckyGirl Nino. His newfound ability to feel led him to rescue her from assassins and (if they get enough support conversations) eventually fall in love with her.
** Also happens in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening'', should [[PlayerCharacter a female Avatar]] fall in love with [[spoiler: the former King of Plegia, Gangrel]]. He even lampshades the trope:
-->“How in blazes did you get me to... love you? If you're trying to make a new man of me, it's... working.”
* ''BaldursGateII'' has a few instances of this, whether in the original game or added through mods.
** One possible love interest is Viconia [=DeVir=] who, [[AlwaysChaoticEvil being a drow]], has an [[NeutralEvil evil alignment]]. However, a non-evil protagonist can eventually convince her to change her alignment to TrueNeutral in ''[[GrandFinale Throne of Bhaal]]''.
** In the well-regarded ''ThroneOfBhaal'' mod ''Ascension'', [[spoiler: one way you can prevent Sarevok from betraying you in the final BossBattle is by using a mod to complete a romance with him.]] May be [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] or played straight, depending upon whether [[spoiler: you successfully caused him to do a HeelFaceTurn]].
* Averted in ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV''. [[spoiler:The BigBad, Fou-lu, is beginning to nurse a soft spot for the girl that took care of him when he's injured. The girl, Mami, tried holding off soldiers from the Empire that are hunting Fou-lu just so he can escape, and gets captured herself. She's later used as a SacrificialLamb for the {{Nightmare Fuel}}ed Carronade, aimed at Fou-lu himself. Even before the cannon was fired at him, Fou-lu feels compelled to KillEmAll more than ever...]]
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsOriginalGeneration'' give Wodan Ymir [[spoiler: Sanger Zonvolt's clone]] redemption in this manner. He originally was given the mission of protecting "Magus" as a way of tethering his persona and keeping him under control, but when he actually fell ''hard'' for her, his creator, Lemon, more or less told him to follow his own will and do what he thought was right. As a result, he does a HeelFaceTurn, joins up with [[spoiler: Sanger]], and together kick an EPIC amount of ass, with [[spoiler: Wodan dying, but having the eternal respect of Sanger, the woman he loved protected (and Sanger taking up the mission to do so in Wodan's place per dying request), and he got to die as his own person, not just an enslaved construct.]]
* ''Franchise/DragonAge'':
** Zevran Arainai in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins''. But subverted for Morrigan, who sees this trope coming and backpedals desperately to stay a bitch... and then double-subverted in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'': Morrigan [[spoiler:offers to surrender without resistance to Flemeth out of love for her son]].
** ''VideoGame/DragonAgeII'' [[spoiler: viciously subverts this with Anders. As his sanity slips away and Vengeance corrupts him further and further, he pleads with Hawke to help him find the ingredients to create a potion that will separate him from his demon side. It turns out that the ingredients are actually components for a bomb, and Hawke's love has made him/her an unwitting accomplice rather than his redeemer. The same thing happens whether or not you romance him, but it hurts a lot more when it telegraphs and then snatches away this trope.]]
* Jack/Subject Zero in ''Franchise/MassEffect''. Golly, Creator/BioWare loves this one.
** There's also Thane Krios, although he was aware of this trope before he meets Shepard, with his wife, who dies. It can be presented to him again, if a female Shepard decides to romance him.
* Virgil from ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}''. What makes this interesting is that the person that made him have a case of LoveHurts (Febronia) is ''also'' the one that redeems him.
* [[spoiler: Count Bleck/Blumiere]] in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' actually ends up saving the world more or less thanks to this. After being reunited with his true love that he previously thought was dead, he pulls a HeelFaceTurn [[spoiler: that is powerful enough to recharge the [[CosmicKeystone Pure Hearts]] and break the FinalBoss's invincibility]].
** In ''VideoGame/PaperMarioTheThousandYearDoor'', Tec falls in love with Princess Peach. After spending most of their subplot [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove trying to study this phenomenon]], he decides to betray his creators and help her escape.
* In the DS remake of ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'', beating the boss at the end of the BonusDungeon for the first time allows the player to obtain a Yggdrasill flower, which is used to [[spoiler: resurrect Rose, the Big Bad's girlfriend. Bringing her to where Psaro was will not only cause him to revert back to his normal self after a nice flashback, but he will join your party.]]
* Implied to be the reason why Richard Ames allowed Nastasha Romanenko to live through the operation as well as supply evidence against the Patriots in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid2SonsOfLiberty'''s in-game novel: ''In the Darkness of Shadow Moses: The Unofficial Truth''. Suffice to say, he also ended up [[RedemptionEqualsDeath paying for it dearly]] in the game when the Patriots decided to off him during the Big Shell Incident.
* [[FanPreferredCouple A]] [[SarcasmMode probably platonic]] example may be found in the ''Franchise/AceAttorney'' series with [[FoeYay Phoenix and]] [[HoYay Edgeworth.]] Phoenix's [[HaveIMentionedIAmHeterosexualToday devotion to]] and [[ThePowerOfTrust faith in]] Edgeworth is what prompts the latter's HeelFaceTurn.
* Played straight and subverted in ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'', as John Marston's love for his family ultimately leads him to [[spoiler: evacuate his wife and son while the army guns him down,]] knowing that they won't be safe until it's over. Subverted in that [[spoiler: Jack]] was corrupted by the time he spent with John, using the lessons he learned to become a man like [[spoiler: his father, exactly what John died trying to prevent]].
* In ''VideoGame/RadiantHistoria'', the true ending of the game has [[spoiler:the BigBad Heiss finally accepting his place as the Sacrifice to spare Stocke, whom he truly loved as a nephew, the same fate.]]
* In ''VideoGame/DarkSouls'' Eingyi was a nasty little joker, and is implied to be the reason why the swamp below Blighttown is poisonous. However, after meeting the Fair Lady and her saving his life at the expense of her own health, he happily resigned himself to serving the IllGirl faithfully and [[BodyHorror carrying her eggs]] for her.
** In [[VideoGam/DarkSoulsII the sequel's]] DLC ''Crown of the Ivory King'', [[AnIcePerson Alsanna]], [[RedBaron The Silent Oracle of Eleum Royce]], had originally sought out the titular character in order to anchor her existence to the world [[spoiler: because she's actually one of the [[HumanoidAbomination Children of Dark]], born of a SoulFragment of [[DarkIsEvil Manus, Father of the Abyss]], specifically his fears.]] However, the Ivory King's love for her and his eventual HeroicSacrifice to stop [[EldritchAbomination Old Chaos]] caused her to stand guard forever over the cathedral in memory to him, even aiding the [[PlayerCharacter Bearer of the Curse]] when he/she arrives.
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV'', the BigBad is [[spoiler: Katrina, a mysterious young woman who is the very first character you meet in the game. Towards the end of the game she is revealed to be an ''extremely'' powerful wizard and vampire known as the Dark Master, who seeks to [[SealedEvilInACan release]] the [[EldritchAbomination Dark One, Avoozl]], and throughout the game she slowly attempts to seduce the Hero into helping her. However you eventually learn that she [[BecomingTheMask truly fell in love with the Hero]], and she ultimately [[HeroicSacrifice sacrifices her life]] to [[HeelFaceTurn protect him]] when [[TheDragon Ad Avis]] attempts to kill him.]]
** [[spoiler: If you choose to [[BackFromTheDead free her soul from Hades]] in ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryV'' you can continue this trope to its ultimate conclusion: Katrina at first wants to flee before the Dragon of Doom can be awakened, but ultimately decides to stand and fight. She even admits that it was a ''good'' thing you stopped her since she didn't realize just [[EvilIsNotAToy what powers she was meddling with]].]]
* In ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands 2}}'', Krieg the Psycho's motivation for joining the Vault Hunters? The sane side of him is in love with Maya, and thinks that she might be able to, one day, help him at like a normal person again, instead of a rampaging lunatic who constantly screams about riding bicycles made of meat.
-->'''Good!Krieg:''' Now tell her "thank you". Tell her that because of her, we might actually one day be able to act like a ''normal person'' again.\\
({{Beat}})\\
'''Krieg:''' (threateningly) [[TalkativeLoon I POWDERED MY COCKATIEL FOR THE RIBCAGE SLAUGHTER!]]\\
(Another {{Beat}}, then Maya smiles at him.)\\
'''Good!Krieg:''' (understandably surprised and delighted at the same time) Heh... Close enough.
* ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture'': When Marty and Doc return to 1986 at the end of the game, [[spoiler: [[KnightTemplar Edna Strickland]] and [[JerkAss Kid Tannen]]]] are happily married and have changed for the better.
* ''VideoGame/{{Sacred}}'': One of the {{Player Character}}s is a Dark Elf warrior who sets out with a bunch of mates to capture a sacrifice. They end up taking a Wood Elf (also a PlayerCharacter) prisoner, but as they're carting her back to her grisly fate, the Dark Elf ends up developing a bit of affection towards his newfound captive. He eventually betrays his comrades and sets her free, before becoming a full-blown DefectorFromDecadence.
* In the ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' series, it's implied that Ada's meeting with Leon (and her [[DatingCatwoman feelings for him]]) are what changed her from a spy who works for the highest bidder to a full-blown AntiHero.
-->'''Ada:''' Something about the meeting with Leon changed me...

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