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18th May '16 11:01:03 AM ChaoticNovelist
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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Captain Hasina is a MadScientist who might experiment on random bystanders all day and all night if her lieutenant didn't stick to her like glue and tell her not to.

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Captain Hasina is a MadScientist who might experiment on random bystanders all day and all night if her lieutenant didn't stick to her like glue and tell her not to. to.
** Nunnal Enaz [[InvokedTrope hired someone for the sole purpose]] of reigning her in when she goes too far with the mad science.
5th May '16 2:49:36 PM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' has [[spoiler: Hideyoshi Ushiromiya]] fulfilling this role for [[spoiler: his wife Eva]]. Whenever he kicks the bucket (which happens in ''every'' arc), she ''snaps''.

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* ''VisualNovel/UminekoNoNakuKoroNi'' ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry'' has [[spoiler: Hideyoshi Ushiromiya]] fulfilling this role for [[spoiler: his wife Eva]]. Whenever he kicks the bucket (which happens in ''every'' arc), she ''snaps''.
30th Apr '16 11:56:57 AM Mhazard
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If a Morality Chain were to {{fall|enHero}}, [[EtTuBrute commit betrayal,]] or get seriously hurt or die, there is ''[[InterruptedCooldownHug nothing]]'' to prevent a FaceHeelTurn happening so fast and so hard that the unchained character is gladly chopping his former teammates into pieces before you can say "NeutralEvil." This is more than the RoaringRampageOfRevenge; ''everyone'' has to suffer.

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If a Morality Chain were to {{fall|enHero}}, [[EtTuBrute commit betrayal,]] or get seriously hurt or die, there is ''[[InterruptedCooldownHug nothing]]'' to prevent a FaceHeelTurn happening so fast and so hard that the unchained character is gladly chopping his former teammates into pieces before you can say "NeutralEvil." This is more than the RoaringRampageOfRevenge; ''everyone'' ''[[RevengeByProxy everyone]]'' [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds has to suffer.
suffer]].
20th Apr '16 4:20:11 AM aye_amber
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** Luca [[spoiler: who was Alois/Jim's little brother]] was implied to be this for [[spoiler: Alois/Jim]]. [[spoiler: Alois was very protective of Luca, wished death on people who hurt Luca, and when Luca died Alois fell into despair, became very ruthless and quickly swore revenge on whomever he suspected to have had a hand in Luca's death]].
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', Rock acts as a morality chain for Revy that moves her from NeutralEvil to SociopathicHero, willing to help Rock pull off good endings in the Yakuza and El Baile De La Muerte arcs (failure and partial success respectively). Suffice it to say that in the event of Rock's death, Revy would make the events of the Nazi arc look like cheerful shoujo by comparison.

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** Luca [[spoiler: who was Alois/Jim's Alois / Jim's little brother]] was implied to be this for [[spoiler: Alois/Jim]]. Alois / Jim.]] [[spoiler: Alois was very protective of Luca, wished death on people who hurt Luca, and when Luca died Alois fell into despair, became very ruthless and quickly swore revenge on whomever he suspected to have had a hand in Luca's death]].
death.]]
* In ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', ''Manga/BlackLagoon,'' Rock acts as a morality chain for Revy that moves her from NeutralEvil to SociopathicHero, willing to help Rock pull off good endings in the Yakuza ''Yakuza'' and El ''El Baile De La Muerte de la Muerte'' arcs (failure and partial success respectively). Suffice it to say that in the event of Rock's death, Revy would make the events of the Nazi ''Nazi'' arc look like cheerful shoujo by comparison.
20th Apr '16 4:17:33 AM aye_amber
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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}},'' Casca is this to Guts. Being Guts's lover [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driven insane]] by the actions of Griffith and the Godhand during the Eclipse, she is the only reason why he refuses to completely give into his SuperPoweredEvilSide. Said evil side, a HellHound like beast, is fully aware of this and constantly importunes Guts to kill her so it can take over his mind and turn him into a being of pure hatred. The Beast is literally chained thanks to Gut's devotion to Casca, though it promises Guts that it will be free one day.

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* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}},'' Casca is this to Guts. Being Guts's lover [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driven insane]] by the actions of Griffith and the Godhand during the Eclipse, she is the only reason why he refuses to completely give into his SuperPoweredEvilSide. Said evil side, a HellHound {{Hellhound}} like beast, is fully aware of this and constantly importunes Guts to kill her so it can take over his mind and turn him into a being of pure hatred. The Beast is literally chained thanks to Gut's devotion to Casca, though it promises Guts that it will be free one day.
20th Apr '16 4:14:53 AM aye_amber
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* In ''Anime/BambooBlade'', Miyako "Miya-Miya" Miyazaki has her [[OfficialCouple boyfriend]] Danjuro Eiga as her morality chain. It's fairly evident throughout the series that she only cares to keep her [[{{Yandere}} repressed aggression]] in check whenever he's around.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', Casca is this to Guts. Being Guts's lover [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driven insane]] by the actions of Griffith and the Godhand during the Eclipse, she is the only reason why he refuses to completely give into his SuperPoweredEvilSide. Said evil side, a HellHound-like beast, is fully aware of this and constantly importunes Guts to kill her so it can take over his mind and turn him into a being of pure hatred. The Beast is literally chained thanks to Gut's devotion to Casca, though it promises Guts that it will be free one day.

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* In ''Anime/BambooBlade'', ''Manga/BambooBlade,'' Miyako "Miya-Miya" Miyazaki has her [[OfficialCouple boyfriend]] Danjuro Eiga as her morality chain. It's fairly evident throughout the series that she only cares to keep her [[{{Yandere}} repressed aggression]] in check whenever he's around.
* In ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', ''Manga/{{Berserk}},'' Casca is this to Guts. Being Guts's lover [[GoMadFromTheRevelation driven insane]] by the actions of Griffith and the Godhand during the Eclipse, she is the only reason why he refuses to completely give into his SuperPoweredEvilSide. Said evil side, a HellHound-like HellHound like beast, is fully aware of this and constantly importunes Guts to kill her so it can take over his mind and turn him into a being of pure hatred. The Beast is literally chained thanks to Gut's devotion to Casca, though it promises Guts that it will be free one day.
20th Apr '16 4:13:14 AM aye_amber
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See also: MoralityPet, CynicismCatalyst, MoralityChip, LivingEmotionalCrutch, DrivenToVillainy. Contrast: TheKidWithTheLeash, TheFarmerAndTheViper.

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See also: MoralityPet, CynicismCatalyst, MoralityChip, LivingEmotionalCrutch, and DrivenToVillainy. Contrast: TheKidWithTheLeash, TheKidWithTheLeash and TheFarmerAndTheViper.



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* Sagara Yoshiharu is this towards Oda Nobuna in ''LightNovel/TheAmbitionOfOdaNobuna''. Being forced to play the part of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (who incidentally, was killed saving Yoshiharu) to this timeline's Oda Nobunaga (who also turns out to be a girl) during the [[JidaiGeki Sengoku Period]] in Japan, he changes a lot of things around largely by pleading to her merciful side, such as forgiving her brother for his small rebellion rather than kill him as the real Nobunaga did. When Yoshiharu is presumed killed later in the series, she goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, which puts fears to her rivals, but concerns her allies that she may be crossing a MoralEventHorizon.

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* Sagara Yoshiharu is this towards Oda Nobuna in ''LightNovel/TheAmbitionOfOdaNobuna''. ''LightNovel/TheAmbitionOfOdaNobuna.'' Being forced to play the part of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (who incidentally, was killed saving Yoshiharu) to this timeline's Oda Nobunaga (who also turns out to be a girl) during the [[JidaiGeki Sengoku Period]] in Japan, UsefulNotes/{{Japan}}, he changes a lot of things around largely by pleading to her merciful side, such as forgiving her brother for his small rebellion rather than kill him as the real Nobunaga did. When Yoshiharu is presumed killed later in the series, she goes on a RoaringRampageOfRevenge, which puts fears to her rivals, but concerns her allies that she may be crossing a MoralEventHorizon.
20th Apr '16 4:11:28 AM aye_amber
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A similar, and often confused with, trope is the MoralityPet. The difference between the two is subtle: A morality pet is a character who redeems a villain. The villain's affection for the pet starts them down the path of good, and even should the pet get hurt the villain will most likely behave as a hero (or anti-hero) in seeking their revenge or protecting the pet. By contrast, the morality chain keeps an otherwise anti-heroic character (such as a SociopathicHero) from going full villain. The loss of the chain would spell doom for any involved party, and likely anyone nearby as well. In a nutshell: a morality pet turns a bad guy good; a morality chain ''stops'' a good guy from turning bad.

Sometimes this is inverted. The death of the Morality Chain motivates the target of affection to become more determined to be good [[MoralityChainBeyondTheGrave to honor her memory]], [[ForgottenFallenFriend or something.]] Usually in these cases the cause of death is either natural, or because of a villain (especially if it's a buddy of theirs that the Morality Chain had disapproved of). Now, if the cause of death is ''their loved one'', either through an accident or because they [[KickTheMoralityPet Kicked The Morality Pet]], then they may either [[HeroicBSOD go comatose]] or [[MurderMakesYouCrazy crazy]].

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A similar, and often confused with, trope is the MoralityPet. The difference between the two is subtle: A morality pet is a character who redeems a villain. The villain's affection for the pet starts them down the path of good, and even should the pet get hurt the villain will most likely behave as a hero (or anti-hero) in seeking their revenge or protecting the pet. By contrast, the morality chain keeps an otherwise anti-heroic character (such as a SociopathicHero) from going full villain. The loss of the chain would spell doom for any involved party, and likely anyone nearby as well. In a nutshell: a A morality pet turns a bad guy good; a morality chain ''stops'' a good guy from turning bad.

Sometimes this is inverted. {{Inverted|Trope}}. The death of the Morality Chain motivates the target of affection to become more determined to be good [[MoralityChainBeyondTheGrave to honor her memory]], memory,]] [[ForgottenFallenFriend or something.]] Usually in these cases the cause of death is either natural, or because of a villain (especially if it's a buddy of theirs that the Morality Chain had disapproved of). Now, if the cause of death is ''their loved one'', one,'' either through an accident or because they [[KickTheMoralityPet Kicked The the Morality Pet]], Pet,]] then they may either [[HeroicBSOD go comatose]] or [[MurderMakesYouCrazy crazy]].
crazy.]]
20th Apr '16 4:08:47 AM aye_amber
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The Morality Chain is a character who is the reason another character is Good. Stereotypically a female love interest, a [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas mother]], a daughter, or a little sister; as long as this person is alive, her [[LoveRedeems target of affection]] will at the very least be a NobleDemon.

There is no RestrainingBolt involved; this person is the ''only'' thing preventing someone from happily killing their "[[TokenEvilTeammate friends]]" and [[CainAndAbel family.]] (One wonders whether such a form of "goodness" has much value in it until one remembers that ''it keeps them from killing their [[TrueCompanions friends]] and [[ThickerThanWater family]]''.)

If a Morality Chain were to {{fall|enHero}}, [[EtTuBrute commit betrayal]], or get seriously hurt or die, there is ''[[InterruptedCooldownHug nothing]]'' to prevent a FaceHeelTurn happening so fast and so hard that the unchained character is gladly chopping his former teammates into pieces before you can say "NeutralEvil". This is more than the RoaringRampageOfRevenge; ''everyone'' has to suffer.

A similar, and often confused with, trope is the MoralityPet. The difference between the two is subtle: a morality pet is a character who redeems a villain. The villain's affection for the pet starts them down the path of good, and even should the pet get hurt the villain will most likely behave as a hero (or anti-hero) in seeking their revenge or protecting the pet. By contrast, the morality chain keeps an otherwise anti-heroic character (such as a SociopathicHero) from going full villain. The loss of the chain would spell doom for any involved party, and likely anyone nearby as well. In a nutshell: a morality pet turns a bad guy good; a morality chain ''stops'' a good guy from turning bad.

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The Morality Chain is a character who is the reason another character is Good. Stereotypically a female love interest, a [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas mother]], mother,]] a daughter, or a little sister; as long as this person is alive, her [[LoveRedeems target of affection]] will at the very least be a NobleDemon.

There is no RestrainingBolt involved; this person is the ''only'' thing preventing someone from happily killing their "[[TokenEvilTeammate friends]]" and [[CainAndAbel family.]] (One wonders whether such a form of "goodness" has much value in it until one remembers that ''it keeps them from killing their [[TrueCompanions friends]] and [[ThickerThanWater family]]''.)

family.)]]''

If a Morality Chain were to {{fall|enHero}}, [[EtTuBrute commit betrayal]], betrayal,]] or get seriously hurt or die, there is ''[[InterruptedCooldownHug nothing]]'' to prevent a FaceHeelTurn happening so fast and so hard that the unchained character is gladly chopping his former teammates into pieces before you can say "NeutralEvil". "NeutralEvil." This is more than the RoaringRampageOfRevenge; ''everyone'' has to suffer.

A similar, and often confused with, trope is the MoralityPet. The difference between the two is subtle: a A morality pet is a character who redeems a villain. The villain's affection for the pet starts them down the path of good, and even should the pet get hurt the villain will most likely behave as a hero (or anti-hero) in seeking their revenge or protecting the pet. By contrast, the morality chain keeps an otherwise anti-heroic character (such as a SociopathicHero) from going full villain. The loss of the chain would spell doom for any involved party, and likely anyone nearby as well. In a nutshell: a morality pet turns a bad guy good; a morality chain ''stops'' a good guy from turning bad.
20th Apr '16 4:06:18 AM aye_amber
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-->-- ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', "Initiation"

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-->-- ''[[WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Justice League Unlimited]]'', "Initiation"
-->--''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited,'' "Initiation."
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