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21st Mar '17 5:45:37 PM creader
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* ''Series/BurnNotice'' has ''all'' of the main cast acting as this for the protagonist, Michael Westen. They all, especially [[LoveInterest Fiona]] from SlowlySlippingIntoEvil.



* ''Series/BurnNotice'' has ''all'' of the main cast acting as this for the protagonist, Michael Westen. They all, especially [[LoveInterest Fiona]] from SlowlySippingIntoEvil.
21st Mar '17 5:43:05 PM creader
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* ''Series/BurnNotice'' has ''all'' of the main cast acting as this for the protagonist, Michael Westen. They all, especially [[LoveInterest Fiona]] from SlowlySippingIntoEvil.



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13th Mar '17 10:12:16 PM superkeijikun
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* ''Anime/CodeGeass'': Euphemia is this for Suzaku. [[spoiler:After she dies, he goes sliding down the slippery slope: selling out his best friend Lelouch in exchange for a promotion, eschewing his ThouShaltNotKill philosophy for cold pragmatism, then eventually agreeing to use a FantasticNuke in a battle that destroys half of Tokyo.]]
11th Mar '17 4:19:28 PM TheUnknownUploader
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* Finn is the protagonist of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', but it's strongly implied that he's also the Morality Chain to several different people. It gradually becomes apparent that without him Princess Bubblegum would be much more of a TotalitarianUtilitarian, Marceline would actually be the psychopathic troll that she likes to depict herself as, and Ice King would be doing a lot worse to Princesses than just trying to kidnap them occasionally.

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* Finn is the protagonist of ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'', but it's strongly implied that he's also the Morality Chain to several different people. It gradually becomes apparent that without him Princess Bubblegum would be much more of a TotalitarianUtilitarian, Marceline would actually be the psychopathic troll that she likes to depict herself as, Jake would be an even worse KleptomaniacHero, and Ice King would be doing a lot worse to Princesses than just trying to kidnap them occasionally.
26th Feb '17 9:41:37 AM nombretomado
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* Lilly Truscott of ''HannahMontana'' is quite often the only thing reining in Miley's diva-ness.

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* Lilly Truscott of ''HannahMontana'' ''Series/HannahMontana'' is quite often the only thing reining in Miley's diva-ness.
17th Feb '17 8:41:42 AM MasterofGalaxies4628
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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.

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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.
bad. That said, the two tropes can certainly overlap: if the character redeems a villain and then also helps keep them from slipping back to evil, he is both a Morality Pet and a Morality Chain.

Or to put it another way: The MoralityPet is a catalyst for a HeelFaceTurn; the Morality Chain is an inhibitor of a FaceHeelTurn. In this sense, the two are actually OppositeTropes despite their close similarities.
21st Dec '16 5:08:37 PM Prometheus117
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* Ahsoka Tano can be seen as this to Anakin in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' in addition to Padme. Having her as his padawan teaches Anakin some responsibility and she helps to reign in Anakin's rashness and bold tendencies when Obi-Wan is not around.

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* Ahsoka Tano can be seen as this to Anakin in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsTheCloneWars'' in addition to Padme. Having her as his padawan teaches Anakin some responsibility and she helps to reign in Anakin's rashness and bold tendencies when Obi-Wan is not around. At the same time, it's also shown it's during moments when she's in the most danger that Anakin comes the closest to using the Dark Side in his efforts to keep her safe. [[spoiler:Her being framed for a crime she didn't commit and eventually leaving the Jedi Order just helps push him faster down the dark path as shown in ''Revenge of the Sith'', and even as Darth Vader he still has more compassion for her than almost anyone else save for Luke himself, given how he offered to spare her life in ''WesternAnimation/StarWarsRebels'' if she gave him information on any remaining Jedi and even hesitated during their fight]].
18th Dec '16 10:34:43 AM Gaby007
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* Donquixote Rocinante considers his sister-in-law Evelyn Potter and nephew Atticus as this to his brother Doflamingo in ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12113081/1/The-Emerald-Rose The Emerald Rose]]''. Doflamingo is still a sociopathic grade-A jerkass, but Rocinante really doesn't want to imagine how he would be without his wife's humanizing influence.
28th Oct '16 5:14:29 PM N1KF
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* Sugilite of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a fusion of Garnet and Amethyst, so the end result is incredibly powerful... and completely out of control, as she has Garnet's pride and Amethyst's wild nature. Nevertheless, she is still a fusion of two Gems who deeply care about Steven himself, so she's surprisingly rather chill with him.

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* Sugilite of ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is a fusion of Garnet and Amethyst, so the end result is incredibly powerful... and completely out of control, as she has Garnet's pride and Amethyst's wild nature. Nevertheless, she is still a fusion of two Gems who deeply care about Steven himself, so she's surprisingly rather chill with him.



* ''WesternAimation/WanderOverYonder'' plays this trope straight with Destructor. His morality chain is a sock puppet. His father threw it away at a young age so he turned evil and imprisoned everyone. Presumably years later, Wander and Sylvia return the sock and he immediately releases everyone and makes them dukes in his kingdom.

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* ''WesternAimation/WanderOverYonder'' plays this trope straight with Destructor. [[spoiler:Destructor]]. His morality chain is a [[spoiler:a sock puppet. His father threw it away at a young age so he turned evil and imprisoned everyone. everyone]]. Presumably years later, Wander and Sylvia return [[spoiler:return the sock and he immediately releases everyone and makes them dukes in his kingdom. kingdom]].
22nd Oct '16 5:09:30 PM eroock
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-->--''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague Unlimited,'' "Initiation"

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