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25th Sep '16 6:20:45 AM Arcana4th
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* ''Anime/DanganRonpa3'': [[TokenGoodTeammate Yukizome]] is supposedly this to [[KnightTemplar Munakata]], [[spoiler:but it turns out to be a subversion, when it's revealed that Yukizome was BrainwashedAndCrazy, and all the time she was being his LivingEmotionalCrutch, she was actually pushing him into despair.]]
** Being TheParagon, Makoto is this when [[spoiler:he makes Munakata realizes what he has done and do a HeelFaceTurn.]]
18th Sep '16 1:14:54 PM IndirectActiveTransport
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* Mark Briscoe serves as such for his older brother Jay, preventing him from getting in (too) much trouble with Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH censors, from bringing avoidable legal trouble to the company and from causing too much damage on the farm. Mark has plenty of his own vices, such as trespassing, envy and irresponsible handling of farmyard equipment/firearms that Jay is almost completely unable to do anything about.[[/folder]]
28th Aug '16 7:07:45 AM Sapphirea2
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-->--''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited,'' "Initiation."

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-->--''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited,'' "Initiation."
"Initiation"



*** In Series 9, Clara becomes the Doctor's DistaffCounterpart and they're a ChastityCouple. Though she still encourages him to stand up for those in need, she's more pragmatic, and he is increasingly willing to put her safety above that of himself and others (each now seeing the other as their LivingEmotionalCrutch). In the three-part SeasonFinale, they are separated by [[spoiler: her being Killed Off For Real]], leaving him completely on his own and immediately subjected to ColdBloodedTorture by his enemies. The result is that he temporarily becomes a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds who risks the universe to [[spoiler: bring her back from the grave]]. Although [[spoiler: she brings him back to his senses]], he forces himself to accept not only [[spoiler: her death]] but also that she can no longer be relied upon as his chain, and ends the story alone.

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*** ** In Series 9, Clara becomes the Doctor's DistaffCounterpart and they're a ChastityCouple. Though she still encourages him to stand up for those in need, she's more pragmatic, and he is increasingly willing to put her safety above that of himself and others (each now seeing the other as their LivingEmotionalCrutch). In the three-part SeasonFinale, they are separated by [[spoiler: her being Killed Off For Real]], leaving him completely on his own and immediately subjected to ColdBloodedTorture by his enemies. The result is that he temporarily becomes a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds who risks the universe to [[spoiler: bring her back from the grave]]. Although [[spoiler: she brings him back to his senses]], he forces himself to accept not only [[spoiler: her death]] but also that she can no longer be relied upon as his chain, and ends the story alone.
28th Aug '16 7:06:42 AM Sapphirea2
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*** In Series 9, Clara becomes the Doctor's DistaffCounterpart and they're a ChastityCouple, which affects her status as this trope. Though she still encourages him to stand up for those in need, she's more pragmatic too, and he is increasingly willing to put her safety above that of himself and others (each now seeing the other as their LivingEmotionalCrutch). In the three-part SeasonFinale, they are separated by [[spoiler: her being Killed Off For Real]], leaving him completely on his own and immediately subjected to ColdBloodedTorture by his enemies. The result is that he temporarily becomes a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds who risks the universe to [[spoiler: bring her back from the grave]]. Although [[spoiler: she brings him back to his senses]], he forces himself to accept not only [[spoiler: her death]] but also that she can no longer be relied upon as his chain, and ends the story alone.

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*** In Series 9, Clara becomes the Doctor's DistaffCounterpart and they're a ChastityCouple, which affects her status as this trope. ChastityCouple. Though she still encourages him to stand up for those in need, she's more pragmatic too, pragmatic, and he is increasingly willing to put her safety above that of himself and others (each now seeing the other as their LivingEmotionalCrutch). In the three-part SeasonFinale, they are separated by [[spoiler: her being Killed Off For Real]], leaving him completely on his own and immediately subjected to ColdBloodedTorture by his enemies. The result is that he temporarily becomes a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds who risks the universe to [[spoiler: bring her back from the grave]]. Although [[spoiler: she brings him back to his senses]], he forces himself to accept not only [[spoiler: her death]] but also that she can no longer be relied upon as his chain, and ends the story alone.
28th Aug '16 7:05:51 AM Sapphirea2
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** The Twelfth Doctor is fully aware Clara acts as this for him, calling him out on his morally dubious actions and suggesting alternatives, and appreciates it.
-->'''Doctor:''' Why do I even keep you around? \\

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** The Twelfth Doctor is fully aware Clara Oswald acts as this for him, calling him out on his morally dubious actions and suggesting alternatives, and appreciates it.
-->'''Doctor:'''
it. She's an interesting example because she can be every bit as bossy, smartass-ish, and manipulative as the Doctor when sufficiently pushed, and has a [[ControlFreak strong need to feel in-control]] and being a ConsummateLiar as her major character flaws, although she usually hides this and tries her best to be mature, level-headed and moral, leading to a dynamic where both she and Twelve are this, in equal parts for each other. They take frequent jabs at each other's closeted vanity, and there are notable scenes where he calls ''her'' out or keeps her grounded when she screws up, most notably the scene where she has a major short-circuit moment after her boyfriend's death and attempts to blackmail the Doctor into bringing him back. The Series 8 finale "Death in Heaven" has a pair of closely mirrored scenes where they're [[ItMakesSenseInContext willing to kill]] to spare the other the experience, explicitly referred to in the episode as "saving [the other person's] soul". As a further interesting twist, as part said scenes Clara stops the Doctor not from going ballistic on a villain, but from ''sparing'' them because of his [[EvilFormerFriend previous personal attachment to them]] the villain in question was so dangerous, insane and notoriously hard to contain that, for a change, [[ShootTheDog ''shooting the dog'']] is the more moral choice. ("If you've ever let this creature live, [[ZombieApocalypse all of this]] is on you!")
-->'''The Doctor:'''
Why do I even keep you around? \\



** Clara is an interesting example because she can be every bit as bossy, smartass-ish, and manipulative as the Doctor when sufficiently pushed, and has a [[ControlFreak strong need to feel in-control]] and being a ConsummateLiar as her major character flaws, although she usually hides this and tries her best to be mature, level-headed and moral, leading to a dynamic where both she and Twelve are this, in equal parts for each other. They take frequent jabs at each other's closeted vanity, and there are notable scenes where he calls ''her'' out or keeps her grounded when she screws up, most notably the scene where she has a major short-circuit moment after her boyfriend's death and attempts to blackmail the Doctor into bringing him back. The series 8 finale has a pair of closely mirrored scenes where they're [[ItMakesSenseInContext willing to kill]] to spare the other the experience, explicitly referred to in the episode as "saving [the other person's] soul".
*** As a further interesting twist, from that very same episode, is that Clara gets a situation where she stops the Doctor not from going ballistic on a villain, but from ''sparing'' them because of his [[EvilFormerFriend previous personal attachment to them]]; The villain in question was so dangerous, insane and notoriously hard to contain that, for a change, [[ShootTheDog ''shooting the dog'']] is the more moral choice.
---> '''Clara:''' "If you've ever let this creature live, [[ZombieApocalypse all of this]] is on you!"
*** The final stretch of Series 9 examines what happens when the Doctor and Clara are separated by [[spoiler: her being Killed Off For Real and Deader than Dead]], leaving him completely on his own and stuck in a TraumaCongaLine for the next two episodes. The result is that he temporarily becomes a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.

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** *** In Series 9, Clara is an interesting example because she can be every bit as bossy, smartass-ish, becomes the Doctor's DistaffCounterpart and manipulative as the Doctor when sufficiently pushed, and has a [[ControlFreak strong need to feel in-control]] and being a ConsummateLiar as her major character flaws, although she usually hides this and tries her best to be mature, level-headed and moral, leading to a dynamic where both she and Twelve are this, in equal parts for each other. They take frequent jabs at each other's closeted vanity, and there are notable scenes where he calls ''her'' out or keeps her grounded when she screws up, most notably the scene where she has a major short-circuit moment after her boyfriend's death and attempts to blackmail the Doctor into bringing him back. The series 8 finale has a pair of closely mirrored scenes where they're [[ItMakesSenseInContext a ChastityCouple, which affects her status as this trope. Though she still encourages him to stand up for those in need, she's more pragmatic too, and he is increasingly willing to kill]] to spare put her safety above that of himself and others (each now seeing the other as their LivingEmotionalCrutch). In the experience, explicitly referred to in the episode as "saving [the other person's] soul".
*** As a further interesting twist, from that very same episode, is that Clara gets a situation where she stops the Doctor not from going ballistic on a villain, but from ''sparing'' them because of his [[EvilFormerFriend previous personal attachment to them]]; The villain in question was so dangerous, insane and notoriously hard to contain that, for a change, [[ShootTheDog ''shooting the dog'']] is the more moral choice.
---> '''Clara:''' "If you've ever let this creature live, [[ZombieApocalypse all of this]] is on you!"
*** The final stretch of Series 9 examines what happens when the Doctor and Clara
three-part SeasonFinale, they are separated by [[spoiler: her being Killed Off For Real and Deader than Dead]], Real]], leaving him completely on his own and stuck in a TraumaCongaLine for the next two episodes. immediately subjected to ColdBloodedTorture by his enemies. The result is that he temporarily becomes a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds.WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds who risks the universe to [[spoiler: bring her back from the grave]]. Although [[spoiler: she brings him back to his senses]], he forces himself to accept not only [[spoiler: her death]] but also that she can no longer be relied upon as his chain, and ends the story alone.
24th Aug '16 7:29:36 AM GlassRain
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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Cataclysm'', the night elf Leyara is a key member of Fandral Staghelm's Druids of the Flame, who answer to the malevolent Old God-aligned Ragnaros the Firelord. [[spoiler: She goes down this path after her daughter Astaria is slaughtered by Horde raiders invading their village, and is aggrieved by [[BigGood Malfurion]]'s belief that [[WeAreStrugglingTogether interfaction warfare]] is too much of a distraction from saving the world being torched by Ragnaros. The fact that Leyara is Fandral Staghelm's daughter-in-law also seems to have something to do with her downward spiral, given that Fandral had previously kept Malfurion trapped in the Emerald Nightmare and has become Ragnaros' new right-hand man.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft: Cataclysm'', the night elf Leyara is a key member of Fandral Staghelm's Druids of the Flame, who answer to the malevolent Old God-aligned Ragnaros the Firelord. [[spoiler: She goes down this path after her daughter Astaria is slaughtered by Horde raiders invading their village, and is aggrieved by [[BigGood Malfurion]]'s belief that [[WeAreStrugglingTogether interfaction inter-faction warfare]] is too much of a distraction from saving the world being torched by Ragnaros. The fact that Leyara is Fandral Staghelm's daughter-in-law also seems to have something to do with her downward spiral, given that Fandral had previously kept Malfurion trapped in the Emerald Nightmare and has become Ragnaros' new right-hand man.]]


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* ''Webcomic/TheNightBelongsToUs'': Because Ada doesn't want Hank to be afraid of her, Hank acts as this for Ada. As illustrated during their confrontation with Sienna.
-->'''Ada (thought bubble)''': If you weren't here, she would be dead.
17th Aug '16 8:34:44 PM PaulA
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* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', the sadistic SociopathicSoldier Sergeant Bothari has two morality chains: his daughter Elena and the young Miles Vorkosigan. Lacking any moral sense, he uses duty to dictate how he treats them.

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* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'', ''Literature/TheWarriorsApprentice'', the sadistic SociopathicSoldier Sergeant Bothari has two morality chains: his daughter Elena and the young Miles Vorkosigan. Lacking any moral sense, he uses duty to dictate how he treats them.
16th Aug '16 11:48:39 AM DrFraud
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* Molly Weasley is this to Harry in the one-shot ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8788731/1/Harry-Potter-and-the-things-that-could-have-happened After The Final Battle]]''. Harry easily admits to himself the only reason he doesn't kill Ron is because he knew it would devastate her and she's the only adult who ever acted like a parent for him. Especially after seeing her boggart (which shows a person's greatest fears) was her family dead, which included Harry.

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* Molly Weasley is this to Harry in the one-shot ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8788731/1/Harry-Potter-and-the-things-that-could-have-happened After The Final Battle]]''. Harry easily admits to himself the only reason he doesn't kill Ron is because he knew knows it would devastate her and she's the only adult who who's ever acted like a parent for him. Especially after seeing her boggart (which shows a person's greatest fears) was is her family dead, which included includes Harry.


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* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/11567521/4/Is-Your-Great-Aunt-an-AI Is Your Great-Aunt an AI?]]'' HarryPotter is the one thing which enables [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} GLaDOS]] to preserve a sliver of humanity and morals.
11th Aug '16 2:13:11 PM intastiel
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* O'Malley of ''Webcomic/{{Widdershins}}'' isn't evil, just [[TheCynic cynical]] and antisocial; but his {{Heterosexual Life Partner|s}} and [[IncorruptiblePurePureness incredibly]] NiceGuy Heinrich Wolfe is always there to say YouAreBetterThanYouThinkYouAre, break through his JerkassFacade, and inspire him to save the day -- grudgingly.
31st Jul '16 11:56:45 AM MasterofGalaxies4628
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* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', Finch is this to Reese. Before Finch hired him (and became his OnlyFriend), he was a CIA agent who was a merciless killer (Ok, he never killed an innocent, but he didn't go out of his way to save them either) and then a bum on the street, beating up jerks who opposed him. Once he was hired he became a BigGood BadAssInANiceSuit.
** Finch's effect on Reese is such that by the end of the first season, when Reese is on a RoaringRampageOfRescue for his OnlyFriend, Dectective Fusco is seriously concerned about what John is capable of ''without'' Harold's influence.
** The Machine also has this role for [[spoiler: Root, causing her to actually become one of the good guys and preventing her from killing anyone.]]

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* In ''Series/PersonOfInterest'', ''Series/PersonOfInterest:''
**
Finch is this to Reese. Before Finch hired him (and became his OnlyFriend), he was a CIA agent who was a merciless killer (Ok, he never killed an innocent, but he didn't go out of his way to save them either) and then a bum on the street, beating up jerks who opposed him. Once he was hired he became a BigGood BadAssInANiceSuit.
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BadAssInANiceSuit. Finch's effect on Reese is such so profound that by the end start of the first second season, when Reese is on a RoaringRampageOfRescue for his OnlyFriend, Dectective Fusco is seriously concerned about what John is capable of ''without'' Harold's influence.
** The Machine also has this role for [[spoiler: Root, [[spoiler:Root, causing her to actually become one of the good guys and preventing her from killing anyone.]]anyone]].



-->''(Reese has left three criminals to burn to death in a car in his search for [[spoiler: Carter's murderer]].)''
-->'''Fusco:''' Witnesses put our pal the psychopathic vigilante at the scene.
-->'''Finch:''' Which one?
-->'''Fusco:''' You mean ''both'' your stray dogs are off the leash?

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-->''(Reese has left three criminals to burn to death in a car in his search for [[spoiler: Carter's murderer]].)''
-->'''Fusco:'''
)''\\
'''Fusco:'''
Witnesses put our pal the psychopathic vigilante at the scene.
-->'''Finch:'''
scene.\\
'''Finch:'''
Which one?
-->'''Fusco:'''
one?\\
'''Fusco:'''
You mean ''both'' your stray dogs are off the leash?leash?
** Root also says that Finch is this to The Machine, stating that he is what keeps The Machine from [[AIIsACrapshoot turning out like]] their [[EvilCounterpart evil rival]], Samaritan.
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