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24th May '16 5:30:53 PM MarqFJA
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22nd May '16 9:42:40 AM ZJWurt
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* ''{{Series/Game of Thrones}}'': Arya plays this role for several different characters, including Tywin in Season 2 and the Hound in Seasons 3 and 4.
14th May '16 1:15:31 AM Nepeta
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** The Equius <> Nepeta dynamic is also interesting as Equius believes that he is the one protecting Nepeta; later on, he admits conversely that, without Nepeta's support, he believes he would probably be violently unstable.

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** The Equius <> Nepeta dynamic is also interesting as Equius believes that he is the one protecting Nepeta; later on, he admits conversely that, without Nepeta's support, he believes he would probably be violently unstable. And since they represent the zodiac, it isn't a very big surprise that Sagittarius and Leo are a dreampair.
3rd May '16 5:02:47 PM creader
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* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', Rampage is a cannibalistic serial killer, akin to Hannibal Lecter as a transforming robot armed with mountain-busting weapons. He openly despises both sides of the conflict and would happily eat them all if he wasn't kept on a short leash by Megatron. However, he finds Transmutate, a horribly disfigured and mentally regressed Cybertronian whom the others view as a useless or even a liability, but as a freak like himself, he sees as a kindred spirit. When Transmutate dies, he actually mourns. As in "collapse onto the ground while weeping loudly" kind of mourn.



** Also, as seen in the episode where Jane joins the Track team. Daria begins to obviously go mad, voicing her ENTIRE internal monologue

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** Also, as seen in the episode where Jane joins the Track team. Daria begins to obviously go mad, voicing her ENTIRE internal monologuemonologue.
* ''WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck'' has his adopted daughter Gosalyn, who is probably the person D.W. loves the most other than [[SmallNameBigEgo himself]].



* WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}: In Bender's words, "All those times I said, 'Kill all humans', I'd always whisper "Except one." Fry was that one, and I never told him so!"



* [[TheHeart Noodle]] is the Morality Pet to [[Music/{{Gorillaz}} her band]], most prominently [[JerkAss Murdoc]].



* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': Orel Puppington is this for his grandfather Arthur and possibly for Stephanie.
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] ends up becoming this for ''[[MadGod Discord]]'' of all beings. She's the first being who he's ever developed a friendship with, and when he realized [[KickTheMoralityPet he'd hurt her to the point she almost broke that friendship]], it actually causes him to perform a HeelFaceTurn. In the season 4 premiere when Discord learns the ponies have lost the elements and have ''no way'' of stopping him should he decide to [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor go back to his old ways]], he still remains good for Fluttershy's sake. In the season 4 finale, [[spoiler: when he betrays the Mane 6 and hands them to Tirek, it's Fluttershy's genuine desire to be his friend that makes him reconsider that decision, and after Tirek betrays him he apologizes to her and does a permanent HeelFaceTurn.]]



* [[TheHeart Noodle]] is the Morality Pet to [[Music/{{Gorillaz}} her band]], most prominently [[JerkAss Murdoc]].
* WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}: In Bender's words, "All those times I said, 'Kill all humans', I'd always whisper "Except one." Fry was that one, and I never told him so!"



* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is this to a number of characters -- To his NobleBigot caretakers who have trouble interacting with humans; to [[AntiVillain Lapis]], he is the only person she cares for and will listen to, somewhat; to [[spoiler:Peridot]] who begins to care for him and lets go of her LackOfEmpathy; to [[BrattyHalfPint Onion]] the town's troublemaker who genuinely cares about his friendship with Steven.
* Harry to Norman Osborn in the ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' animated series. Unlike other adaptations, Norman Osborn does seem to care for his son and he shows genuine concern when he hears the Frightful Four are attacking his son's school. He's still strict with Harry, though.



* Harry to Norman Osborn in the ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan'' animated series. Unlike other adaptations, Norman Osborn does seem to care for his son and he shows genuine concern when he hears the Frightful Four are attacking his son's school. He's still strict with Harry, though.
* ''WesternAnimation/BeastWars'', Rampage is a cannibalistic serial killer, akin to Hannibal Lecter as a transforming robot armed with mountain-busting weapons. He openly despises both sides of the conflict and would happily eat them all if he wasn't kept on a short leash by Megatron. However, he finds Transmutate, a horribly disfigured and mentally regressed Cybertronian whom the others view as a useless or even a liability, but as a freak like himself, he sees as a kindred spirit. When Transmutate dies, he actually mourns. As in "collapse onto the ground while weeping loudly" kind of mourn.
* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'': Orel Puppington is this for his grandfather Arthur and possibly for Stephanie.
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck has his adopted daughter Gosalyn, who is probably the person D.W. loves the most other than [[SmallNameBigEgo himself]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'', [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy]] ends up becoming this for ''[[MadGod Discord]]'' of all beings. She's the first being who he's ever developed a friendship with, and when he realized [[KickTheMoralityPet he'd hurt her to the point she almost broke that friendship]], it actually causes him to perform a HeelFaceTurn. In the season 4 premiere when Discord learns the ponies have lost the elements and have ''no way'' of stopping him should he decide to [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor go back to his old ways]], he still remains good for Fluttershy's sake. In the season 4 finale, [[spoiler: when he betrays the Mane 6 and hands them to Tirek, it's Fluttershy's genuine desire to be his friend that makes him reconsider that decision, and after Tirek betrays him he apologizes to her and does a permanent HeelFaceTurn.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'' is this to a number of characters -- To his NobleBigot caretakers who have trouble interacting with humans; to [[AntiVillain Lapis]], he is the only person she cares for and will listen to, somewhat; to [[spoiler:Peridot]] who begins to care for him and lets go of her LackOfEmpathy; to [[BrattyHalfPint Onion]] the town's troublemaker who genuinely cares about his friendship with Steven.



3rd May '16 4:56:37 PM creader
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* ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'': The protagonist, Jodie, acts as one for [[{{Poltergeist}} Aiden]]. When she was a little girl, the entity actually did many nice things for Jodie, including entertaining her with shadow puppets and fetching her a cookie from that out-of-reach cookie jar. Aiden also [[GuardianEntity protects her using its powers]]. Unfortunately, the entity isn't so hospitable to other people. Usually, they never go beyond [[{{Jerkass}} dickish]] [[{{Troll}} but otherwise harmless pranks]], but if you harm or threaten Jodie, he can [[AxCrazy turn extremely nasty]]. Case in point: [[spoiler:after Jodie is mistreated rather horribly by the attendants at a birthday party, Aiden locks them in a room and the retribution he can potentially reap onto them can include smashing windows in their faces as they frantically try to escape, throwing furniture at them, stabbing one of them with a kitchen knife, and even trying to burn the entire room. The bullies ''[[AssholeVictim did]]'' [[LaserGuidedKarma partly have it coming]], but even then, this is a [[DisproportionateRetribution horrifically disproportionate response]]]].
* ''Videogame/BioShockInfinite'': Elizabeth is this to Booker in a fashion.



* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', [[LadyOfWar Tsubaki Yayoi]] is the Morality Pet of both Jin Kisaragi and Haku-men. The former is an AxCrazy {{Yandere}} {{Jerkass}} with [[AnIcePerson ice powers]], and the latter is a vaguely [[KnightTemplar Knight Templar-ish]] HeroAntagonist who ''exemplifies'' GoodIsNotNice. However, both of them are extremely warm and friendly to her, and woe betide the man who [[BerserkButton harms her in any way]], for ''[[ImplacableMan they will hunt him down]]''.
** Although non-romantic and to a much lesser extent, [[LittleBitBeastly part-squirrel]] PluckyGirl Makoto is also one for Jin. Jin [[TallDarkAndSnarky snarks]] at her a lot, but he cares about her well-being, and saves her life when [[BigBad Hazama]] attempts to kill her.
* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'', CountryMouse Mami is at least this to Fou-Lu, and possibly much more. [[spoiler:In turn, it becomes a KickTheDog moment for the Empire, when they use Mami as the "ammo" in a cannon that runs on emotions. Fou-Lu, who had started becoming an extremely sympathetic character, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge doesn't take it well.]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Not well at all.]] ]]



* When the CreepyTwins Hsien-ko and Mei-Ling from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' became [[ChineseVampire Jiangshi]], Hsien-ko was transformed into the body while Mei-Ling turned into the soul placed inside the warding talisman on her NiceHat. If the hat ever was taken away and thus the twins were separated, a Hsien-ko without Mei-Ling's calming influence [[FaceHeelTurn would turn straight-up evil.]]
* While Fenrich in ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' may be a conniving ManipulativeBastard willing to exploit foes and allies alike, he has nothing but UndyingLoyalty towards Valvatorez, and all the care he shows towards him is entirely genuine.



* Even Kratos of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' has one in his daughter Calliope. While for the most part a SociopathicHero, invoking his PapaWolf nature can lead him into acts of heroism and selflessness, as seen in Chains of Olympus, where [[spoiler:he gives up the chance to remain with his beloved daughter in the Elysium Fields in order to save her and the world, including a [[PlayerPunch button-mashing sequence]] where [[PleaseDontLeaveMe he must push her away]]]].
** In the third game, he gains another one in the form of [[spoiler:Pandora]]. It doesn't stick, but her influence changes the ending.



* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' - Though not exactly inspiring Joel to greater heights of moral fibre, Ellie does give him a reason to live for, rather than simply survive.



* Nanako Dojima in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', to the point where [[spoiler:when she apparently dies in the hospital after having been kidnapped a month prior, the Investigation Team can [[HoistByHisOwnPetard push the one responsible into the TV World]], but [[PlayerPunch this "rewards" the player with]] [[MultipleEndings the worst ending]], where she's [[TearJerker gone for good]].]]



* [[CheerfulChild Sweet, kindly Applebloom]] plays this for [[TheMagnificent THE GREAT AND POWERFUL TRIXIE]] in VideoGame/PonyFantasyVI''
* VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} gives us Cave Johnson, the [[PointyHairedBoss CEO of Aperture Science]] and his assistant Caroline. Cave may have been hilariously insane and disregarding of his employees' safeties, but he had lots of respect for his assistant, who were one of the few people who could restrain him when he lost his temper. While he eventually [[spoiler:forced her to be uploaded unto GLaDOS later on against her will]], it is still obvious he still has some ounce of respect for her, in that [[spoiler:he does it not out of maliciousness, but due to wanting her to run the facility after his death due to his high regards of her]].



* Leon is this for [[FemmeFatale Ada Wong]] in the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' series. It's ''very'' strongly implied (and confirmed in the non-canon S.D. Perry novelization) that her relationship with him is what pushed her out of being a heartless secret operative to an AntiVillain / AntiHero with heroic tendancies.



* Even Kratos of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' has one in his daughter Calliope. While for the most part a SociopathicHero, invoking his PapaWolf nature can lead him into acts of heroism and selflessness, as seen in Chains of Olympus, where [[spoiler:he gives up the chance to remain with his beloved daughter in the Elysium Fields in order to save her and the world, including a [[PlayerPunch button-mashing sequence]] where [[PleaseDontLeaveMe he must push her away]]]].
** In the third game, he gains another one in the form of [[spoiler:Pandora]]. It doesn't stick, but her influence changes the ending.
* VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} gives us Cave Johnson, the [[PointyHairedBoss CEO of Aperture Science]] and his assistant Caroline. Cave may have been hilariously insane and disregarding of his employees' safeties, but he had lots of respect for his assistant, who were one of the few people who could restrain him when he lost his temper. While he eventually [[spoiler:forced her to be uploaded unto GLaDOS later on against her will]], it is still obvious he still has some ounce of respect for her, in that [[spoiler:he does it not out of maliciousness, but due to wanting her to run the facility after his death due to his high regards of her]].
* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireIV'', CountryMouse Mami is at least this to Fou-Lu, and possibly much more. [[spoiler:In turn, it becomes a KickTheDog moment for the Empire, when they use Mami as the "ammo" in a cannon that runs on emotions. Fou-Lu, who had started becoming an extremely sympathetic character, [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge doesn't take it well.]] [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Not well at all.]] ]]
* In ''VideoGame/BlazBlue'', [[LadyOfWar Tsubaki Yayoi]] is the Morality Pet of both Jin Kisaragi and Haku-men. The former is an AxCrazy {{Yandere}} {{Jerkass}} with [[AnIcePerson ice powers]], and the latter is a vaguely [[KnightTemplar Knight Templar-ish]] HeroAntagonist who ''exemplifies'' GoodIsNotNice. However, both of them are extremely warm and friendly to her, and woe betide the man who [[BerserkButton harms her in any way]], for ''[[ImplacableMan they will hunt him down]]''.
** Although non-romantic and to a much lesser extent, [[LittleBitBeastly part-squirrel]] PluckyGirl Makoto is also one for Jin. Jin [[TallDarkAndSnarky snarks]] at her a lot, but he cares about her well-being, and saves her life when [[BigBad Hazama]] attempts to kill her.



* [[CheerfulChild Sweet, kindly Applebloom]] plays this for [[TheMagnificent THE GREAT AND POWERFUL TRIXIE]] in VideoGame/PonyFantasyVI''
* When the CreepyTwins Hsien-ko and Mei-Ling from ''VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}}'' became [[ChineseVampire Jiangshi]], Hsien-ko was transformed into the body while Mei-Ling turned into the soul placed inside the warding talisman on her NiceHat. If the hat ever was taken away and thus the twins were separated, a Hsien-ko without Mei-Ling's calming influence [[FaceHeelTurn would turn straight-up evil.]]
* While Fenrich in ''VideoGame/Disgaea4APromiseUnforgotten'' may be a conniving ManipulativeBastard willing to exploit foes and allies alike, he has nothing but UndyingLoyalty towards Valvatorez, and all the care he shows towards him is entirely genuine.



* ''Videogame/BioShockInfinite'': Elizabeth is this to Booker in a fashion.
* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' - Though not exactly inspiring Joel to greater heights of moral fibre, Ellie does give him a reason to live for, rather than simply survive.
* ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'': The protagonist, Jodie, acts as one for [[{{Poltergeist}} Aiden]]. When she was a little girl, the entity actually did many nice things for Jodie, including entertaining her with shadow puppets and fetching her a cookie from that out-of-reach cookie jar. Aiden also [[GuardianEntity protects her using its powers]]. Unfortunately, the entity isn't so hospitable to other people. Usually, they never go beyond [[{{Jerkass}} dickish]] [[{{Troll}} but otherwise harmless pranks]], but if you harm or threaten Jodie, he can [[AxCrazy turn extremely nasty]]. Case in point: [[spoiler:after Jodie is mistreated rather horribly by the attendants at a birthday party, Aiden locks them in a room and the retribution he can potentially reap onto them can include smashing windows in their faces as they frantically try to escape, throwing furniture at them, stabbing one of them with a kitchen knife, and even trying to burn the entire room. The bullies ''[[AssholeVictim did]]'' [[LaserGuidedKarma partly have it coming]], but even then, this is a [[DisproportionateRetribution horrifically disproportionate response]]]].
* Nanako Dojima in ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', to the point where [[spoiler:when she apparently dies in the hospital after having been kidnapped a month prior, the Investigation Team can [[HoistByHisOwnPetard push the one responsible into the TV World]], but [[PlayerPunch this "rewards" the player with]] [[MultipleEndings the worst ending]], where she's [[TearJerker gone for good]].]]
* Leon is this for [[FemmeFatale Ada Wong]] in the ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'' series. It's ''very'' strongly implied (and confirmed in the non-canon S.D. Perry novelization) that her relationship with him is what pushed her out of being a heartless secret operative to an AntiVillain / AntiHero with heroic tendancies.



* HGame ''Gibo - Stepmother's Sin'' has the main charactter, Yusuke, doing pretty much everything he can to get into his stepmother's pants. However, he also has a stepsister, Shiina. In order to get the better endings (here defined as ones where you don't turn into a total bastard), you need to treat Shiina well, making her into one of these. Even when he's being a dick, Yusuke still refers to Shiina in kind terms.



* HGame ''Gibo - Stepmother's Sin'' has the main charactter, Yusuke, doing pretty much everything he can to get into his stepmother's pants. However, he also has a stepsister, Shiina. In order to get the better endings (here defined as ones where you don't turn into a total bastard), you need to treat Shiina well, making her into one of these. Even when he's being a dick, Yusuke still refers to Shiina in kind terms.



* In ''[[Webcomic/AccursedDragon Accursed Dragon!]]'', [[AntiVillain Wizard]] has Humpbrett, a strangely pet-like boy who has been referred to as a "stray" Wizard picked up.
* ''{{Webcomic/Bomango}}'': Didi, Pablo, and Andy act as Morality Pets for Gogo. Gogo is violent, impulsive, and [[NoSocialSkills socially inept]] to the point where she comes off more as immoral than awkward. However she is very [[MamaBear protective of the people she likes]]. Andy tries to help her out when he can even if it means BrutalHonesty.
* ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}}'' has the Beemahs become this for the Klegdixal, starting in [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090214 this]] comic.
** Prior to, and unbeknownst to anyone else, the Beemahs were sort of the Morality Pet the Klegs wished they had-the meeting between the Beemah and the Kleg ambassador is kind of a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]], as the usually rude and self-serving Klegdixal pours his heart out with gratitude to Buck for reuniting the two species, as the Klegs had apparently been the original creators of the Beemahs and their one selfless urge as a species was to fix all the things that had gone wrong in the process (many of them flaws which are used to exploit the Beemahs by another party).
* Teeko from ''Webcomic/{{Chirault}}'' has proved that Kiran is not as much of a stoic loner as he thinks he is.
* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' gives antagonist Mistress Butterfly three personal slaves (somewhere between pet and spouse) who love her and know her to be a good person, though one of them is surprised at her changed personality and [[WhatTheHellHero calls her on it]], getting [[KickTheMoralityPet kicked]] for his trouble.
* As the story progresses in ''Webcomic/CobwebAndStripes'', Lydia is growing into either this or MoralityChain for Betelgeuse.
* Creator/JonStewart seems to be this for a vampire Creator/StephenColbert in ''[[Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow The Eagle of Hermes]]''.
* {{Subverted}}, or even {{averted}}, for [[OmnicidalManiac Black Mage]] of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''. Though he has an humongous crush on [[HotWitch White Mage]], her presence isn't enough to prevent him from being evil. At most, he tries to be evil without her noticing.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' Lord Tedd tried to wipe out [[AlternateUniverse his alternates]] and sometimes [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-01-06 looks batshit insane]]. Then we see him looking much like Tedd we know, not just sane, but [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-11-07 downright nice and caring]] as far as his "[[SubordinateExcuse voluntary servant]]" Nioi is concerned. In turn, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-05-17 she claims]] he's not a bad guy.
** Another side of it approaches MoralityChain, as all known AlternateUniverse variants of Tedd got a good friend Elliot and at least once the female counterpart Ellen is his girlfriend; the only exclusion is Lord Tedd's world -- and instead of Grace there's a big ill-mannered BloodKnight.
* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Furmentation}}'' - Alexi goes into a violent, psychopathic rage when his teddy bear is stolen, but having it doesn't seem to make him any nicer than usual.



* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Furmentation}}'' - Alexi goes into a violent, psychopathic rage when his teddy bear is stolen, but having it doesn't seem to make him any nicer than usual.
* Criminy to Fuchsia in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''.
* While he's antisocial rather than villainous, [[Webcomic/SomethingPositive Davan Macintire]] and his relationship with Rory fit this trope. He's still grouchy and sarcastic around Rory, but he seems to give more of a damn about the kid than he does about most people even upon learning that [[spoiler: Rory isn't actually his son]].

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* Subverted in ''Webcomic/{{Furmentation}}'' - Alexi goes into Richard from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' may be a violent, psychopathic rage when his teddy bear is stolen, but having it doesn't seem to make him any nicer than usual.
* Criminy to Fuchsia in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''.
* While
cold blooded (literally, he's antisocial rather than villainous, [[Webcomic/SomethingPositive Davan Macintire]] and his relationship undead), ChaoticEvil, OmnicidalManiac, but no one messes with Rory fit this trope. He's still grouchy and sarcastic around Rory, but he seems to give more of a damn about the kid than he does about most people even upon learning that [[spoiler: Rory isn't actually his son]].[[FanNickname Felbunny]].



* While technically human, Piffany from ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' is the only reason Artax and Yeager actually display any kind of heroism ever. There's a reason ''A World Without Piffany'' is so [[CrapsackWorld crapsacky]] it makes even the normal ''Nodwick'' world seem pleasant.



* While technically human, Piffany from ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' is the only reason Artax and Yeager actually display any kind of heroism ever. There's a reason ''A World Without Piffany'' is so [[CrapsackWorld crapsacky]] it makes even the normal ''Nodwick'' world seem pleasant.
* ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}}'' has the Beemahs become this for the Klegdixal, starting in [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090214 this]] comic.
** Prior to, and unbeknownst to anyone else, the Beemahs were sort of the Morality Pet the Klegs wished they had-the meeting between the Beemah and the Kleg ambassador is kind of a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]], as the usually rude and self-serving Klegdixal pours his heart out with gratitude to Buck for reuniting the two species, as the Klegs had apparently been the original creators of the Beemahs and their one selfless urge as a species was to fix all the things that had gone wrong in the process (many of them flaws which are used to exploit the Beemahs by another party).
* Richard from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' may be a cold blooded (literally, he's undead), ChaoticEvil, OmnicidalManiac, but no one messes with his [[FanNickname Felbunny]].
* Teeko from ''Webcomic/{{Chirault}}'' has proved that Kiran is not as much of a stoic loner as he thinks he is.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' Lord Tedd tried to wipe out [[AlternateUniverse his alternates]] and sometimes [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-01-06 looks batshit insane]]. Then we see him looking much like Tedd we know, not just sane, but [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-11-07 downright nice and caring]] as far as his "[[SubordinateExcuse voluntary servant]]" Nioi is concerned. In turn, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-05-17 she claims]] he's not a bad guy.
** Another side of it approaches MoralityChain, as all known AlternateUniverse variants of Tedd got a good friend Elliot and at least once the female counterpart Ellen is his girlfriend; the only exclusion is Lord Tedd's world -- and instead of Grace there's a big ill-mannered BloodKnight.
* Played with early in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', when Kiki the ferret's regular CatchPhrase was "Stay good, Riff! Stay good!" Otherwise averted; Torg's [[KillerRabbit Immorality Pet]] doesn't seem to have changed him, and Bun-Bun's AlternateReality Good Version didn't stop Torg from sliding into embittered self-interest in the Dimension of Lame.
* Creator/JonStewart seems to be this for a vampire Creator/StephenColbert in ''[[Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow The Eagle of Hermes]]''.
* {{Subverted}}, or even {{averted}}, for [[OmnicidalManiac Black Mage]] of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''. Though he has an humongous crush on [[HotWitch White Mage]], her presence isn't enough to prevent him from being evil. At most, he tries to be evil without her noticing.
* In ''[[Webcomic/AccursedDragon Accursed Dragon!]]'', [[AntiVillain Wizard]] has Humpbrett, a strangely pet-like boy who has been referred to as a "stray" Wizard picked up.
* ''{{Webcomic/Bomango}}'': Didi, Pablo, and Andy act as Morality Pets for Gogo. Gogo is violent, impulsive, and [[NoSocialSkills socially inept]] to the point where she comes off more as immoral than awkward. However she is very [[MamaBear protective of the people she likes]]. Andy tries to help her out when he can even if it means BrutalHonesty.
* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' gives antagonist Mistress Butterfly three personal slaves (somewhere between pet and spouse) who love her and know her to be a good person, though one of them is surprised at her changed personality and [[WhatTheHellHero calls her on it]], getting [[KickTheMoralityPet kicked]] for his trouble.
* As the story progresses in ''Webcomic/CobwebAndStripes'', Lydia is growing into either this or MoralityChain for Betelgeuse.

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* While technically human, Piffany from ''Webcomic/{{Nodwick}}'' is the only reason Artax and Yeager actually display any kind of heroism ever. There's a reason ''A World Without Piffany'' is so [[CrapsackWorld crapsacky]] it makes even the normal ''Nodwick'' world seem pleasant.
* ''ComicBook/{{Buck Godot|Zap Gun for Hire}}'' has the Beemahs become this for the Klegdixal, starting
Criminy to Fuchsia in [[http://www.airshipentertainment.com/buckcomic.php?date=20090214 this]] comic.
** Prior to, and unbeknownst to anyone else, the Beemahs were sort of the Morality Pet the Klegs wished they had-the meeting between the Beemah and the Kleg ambassador is kind of a [[SugarWiki/HeartwarmingMoments Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]], as the usually rude and self-serving Klegdixal pours his heart out with gratitude to Buck for reuniting the two species, as the Klegs had apparently been the original creators of the Beemahs and their one selfless urge as a species was to fix all the things that had gone wrong in the process (many of them flaws which are used to exploit the Beemahs by another party).
* Richard from ''Webcomic/LookingForGroup'' may be a cold blooded (literally, he's undead), ChaoticEvil, OmnicidalManiac, but no one messes with his [[FanNickname Felbunny]].
* Teeko from ''Webcomic/{{Chirault}}'' has proved that Kiran is not as much of a stoic loner as he thinks he is.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' Lord Tedd tried to wipe out [[AlternateUniverse his alternates]] and sometimes [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-01-06 looks batshit insane]]. Then we see him looking much like Tedd we know, not just sane, but [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2003-11-07 downright nice and caring]] as far as his "[[SubordinateExcuse voluntary servant]]" Nioi is concerned. In turn, [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2004-05-17 she claims]] he's not a bad guy.
** Another side of it approaches MoralityChain, as all known AlternateUniverse variants of Tedd got a good friend Elliot and at least once the female counterpart Ellen is his girlfriend; the only exclusion is Lord Tedd's world -- and instead of Grace there's a big ill-mannered BloodKnight.
''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''.
* Played with early in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', when Kiki the ferret's regular CatchPhrase was "Stay good, Riff! Stay good!" Otherwise averted; Torg's [[KillerRabbit Immorality Pet]] doesn't seem to have changed him, and Bun-Bun's AlternateReality Good Version didn't stop Torg from sliding into embittered self-interest in the Dimension of Lame.
Lame.
* Creator/JonStewart While he's antisocial rather than villainous, [[Webcomic/SomethingPositive Davan Macintire]] and his relationship with Rory fit this trope. He's still grouchy and sarcastic around Rory, but he seems to be this for a vampire Creator/StephenColbert in ''[[Webcomic/AndShineHeavenNow The Eagle give more of Hermes]]''.
* {{Subverted}}, or
a damn about the kid than he does about most people even {{averted}}, for [[OmnicidalManiac Black Mage]] of ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater''. Though he has an humongous crush on [[HotWitch White Mage]], her presence upon learning that [[spoiler: Rory isn't enough to prevent him from being evil. At most, he tries to be evil without her noticing.
* In ''[[Webcomic/AccursedDragon Accursed Dragon!]]'', [[AntiVillain Wizard]] has Humpbrett, a strangely pet-like boy who has been referred to as a "stray" Wizard picked up.
* ''{{Webcomic/Bomango}}'': Didi, Pablo, and Andy act as Morality Pets for Gogo. Gogo is violent, impulsive, and [[NoSocialSkills socially inept]] to the point where she comes off more as immoral than awkward. However she is very [[MamaBear protective of the people she likes]]. Andy tries to help her out when he can even if it means BrutalHonesty.
* ''Webcomic/{{Collar 6}}'' gives antagonist Mistress Butterfly three personal slaves (somewhere between pet and spouse) who love her and know her to be a good person, though one of them is surprised at her changed personality and [[WhatTheHellHero calls her on it]], getting [[KickTheMoralityPet kicked]] for
actually his trouble.
* As the story progresses in ''Webcomic/CobwebAndStripes'', Lydia is growing into either this or MoralityChain for Betelgeuse.
son]].



* Danya, ''SurvivalOfTheFittest's'' BigBad, is occasionally revealed to take time off from his commitments running the Act (including making the announcements) and going home to see his family. The obvious love and affection he has for his wife, young daughter and grown-up son serve to humanise him somewhat. Most members, however, still loathe him.
** They also fully ''support'' his activities, giving him even more motivation to act like a monster.
* At no point in his rampages has Machinima/ChristianBrutalSniper ever killed the RED Spy.



* At no point in his rampages has Machinima/ChristianBrutalSniper ever killed the RED Spy.
* ED-E plays this role to [[FalloutNewVegas The Courier]] in Machinima/CouriersMindRiseOfNewVegas. The Courier can be quite a JerkAss (and who wouldn't be [[ButtMonkey with the kind of life he's leading?]]), but will typically do the right thing if ED-E bugs him about it.
* Penny and Moist in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' definitely acts as morality pets.



* Penny and Moist in ''WebVideo/DoctorHorriblesSingAlongBlog'' definitely acts as morality pets.
* Wiki/SCPFoundation:
** SCP-085, who acts as this for ''the entire foundation''.
** SCP-053 acts as one for SCP-682 as she is the only being that 682 hasn't killed and actually ''protected'' her from the personnel who went in to separate them.



* ED-E plays this role to [[FalloutNewVegas The Courier]] in Machinima/CouriersMindRiseOfNewVegas. The Courier can be quite a JerkAss (and who wouldn't be [[ButtMonkey with the kind of life he's leading?]]), but will typically do the right thing if ED-E bugs him about it.

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* ED-E plays Wiki/SCPFoundation:
** SCP-085, who acts as
this role for ''the entire foundation''.
** SCP-053 acts as one for SCP-682 as she is the only being that 682 hasn't killed and actually ''protected'' her from the personnel who went in
to [[FalloutNewVegas separate them.
* Danya, ''SurvivalOfTheFittest's'' BigBad, is occasionally revealed to take time off from his commitments running the Act (including making the announcements) and going home to see his family.
The Courier]] in Machinima/CouriersMindRiseOfNewVegas. The Courier can be quite a JerkAss (and who wouldn't be [[ButtMonkey with the kind of life he's leading?]]), but will typically do the right thing if ED-E bugs obvious love and affection he has for his wife, young daughter and grown-up son serve to humanise him about it.somewhat. Most members, however, still loathe him.
** They also fully ''support'' his activities, giving him even more motivation to act like a monster.



* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' with Gunther being the pet for Ice King. [[DevilInDisguise Sometimes]].
** A straighter example for Ice King is [[IntergenerationalFriendship Marceline the Vampire Queen]], to whom he was a ParentalSubstitute hundreds of years ago. While he has since gone completely insane and no longer remembers their history, he still cares about her and she's the only character he has genuine qualms with injuring in any way.
** The Lemon Children seem to be this to the Lemongrabs. Normally the earls are rather rude and unpleasant, but they sincerely love their own children- perhaps even more than Princess Bubblegum loves ''them.''
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': While Archer's not a villain, Ruth in "Placebo Effect" seems to be the only person he doesn't act like a {{Jerkass}} towards. Also, while he is a jerk to Lana most of the time, he's shown a number of times that he does care about her, and in "Heart of Archness" he admits that she's his OnlyFriend.
* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', the main reason Kevin decides to do anything good is because he has developed a crush on Gwen.
** There's also Cash and JT: at the end of the episode, JT talks Cash out of letting the robot hand take over his body and fighting with Ben.
* Without Jane Lane, the titular character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' would be, well, unpleasant to be around.
** Also, as seen in the episode where Jane joins the Track team. Daria begins to obviously go mad, voicing her ENTIRE internal monologue
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'': [[RightHandCat Stinky]] for [[TheBully Roger]].



* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': Mr. Herriman has Madame Foster, his creator, he's normally no nonsense and uptight with pretty much everyone else in the house, including her granddaughter Frankie, but he truly loves Madame Foster (especially when you consider she never abandoned him after she grew up). He's even willing to perform the incredibly embarrassing "Funny Bunny" song for her.
* On ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' in the U.S. Acres segments during the later seasons, Roy Rooster had two Morality Pets. The first one his little niece, Chloe, he ditched his date to save her from the weasel and spent the rest of the night with her instead. The second one is [[FriendshipMoment Wade Duck]] sometimes. Although he pranks him and they argue sometimes, Roy had moments of [[DeclarationOfProtection protective instincts towards Wade]]. In the "Snow Wade" two-parter, Roy was the only character to show any concern for Wade's well being, when he didn't seem to wake up from the kiss.



* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** The kids are this to Grunkle Stan, especially Mabel. They help bring out the best in him.
** Dipper becomes this to Pacifica in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". After saving her from a ghost, she stops being rude and disrespectful to him. His scathing words to her when he found out he was tricked into getting rid of the ghost, and his apology after realizing she regretted her role, allow the two to become friends and [[ShipTease a possible interest in each other]]. When her AbusiveParents tell her to abandon their guests to the ghost, one look at Dipper was enough to get Pacifica to change her ways, making him the first positive influence on her life.



* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', the main reason Kevin decides to do anything good is because he has developed a crush on Gwen.
** There's also Cash and JT: at the end of the episode, JT talks Cash out of letting the robot hand take over his body and fighting with Ben.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Tale of X9", the robot hitman X9, the only one of his model with free will and a processor about him, abandons his job after finding an adorable abandoned puppy, Lulu. As far as he was concerned, all he needed was her... which is why he was forced back to work when Aku kidnapped her.

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* In ''WesternAnimation/Ben10AlienForce'', the main reason Kevin decides The eponymous character of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' is this to do anything good is because he has developed a crush on Gwen.
** There's also Cash and JT: at the end of the episode, JT talks Cash out of letting the robot hand take over his body and fighting
[[EnfantTerrible Heloise]] since she's in love with Ben.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Tale of X9", the robot hitman X9, the only one of his model with free will and a processor about
him, abandons his job after finding an adorable abandoned puppy, Lulu. As far as he was concerned, all he needed was her... which is why he was forced back to work when Aku kidnapped her.but not even he's safe from her anger and wrath.



* The eponymous character of ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'' is this to [[EnfantTerrible Heloise]] since she's in love with him, but not even he's safe from her anger and wrath.
* Without Jane Lane, the titular character of ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' would be, well, unpleasant to be around.
** Also, as seen in the episode where Jane joins the Track team. Daria begins to obviously go mad, voicing her ENTIRE internal monologue.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': It's hinted that Stimpy is this to Ren.



** In a recent episode, it is revealed that Perry and Vanessa are the only things that are keeping Dr. Doofenshmirtz from becoming a complete monster

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** In a recent episode, it is revealed that Perry and Vanessa are the only things that are keeping Dr. Doofenshmirtz from becoming a complete monstermonster.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'': It's hinted that Stimpy is this to Ren.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'' episode "Tale of X9", the robot hitman X9, the only one of his model with free will and a processor about him, abandons his job after finding an adorable abandoned puppy, Lulu. As far as he was concerned, all he needed was her... which is why he was forced back to work when Aku kidnapped her.



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Doug}}'': [[RightHandCat Stinky]] for [[TheBully Roger]].



* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' with Gunther being the pet for Ice King. [[DevilInDisguise Sometimes]].
** A straighter example for Ice King is [[IntergenerationalFriendship Marceline the Vampire Queen]], to whom he was a ParentalSubstitute hundreds of years ago. While he has since gone completely insane and no longer remembers their history, he still cares about her and she's the only character he has genuine qualms with injuring in any way.
** The Lemon Children seem to be this to the Lemongrabs. Normally the earls are rather rude and unpleasant, but they sincerely love their own children- perhaps even more than Princess Bubblegum loves ''them.''



* ''WesternAnimation/FostersHomeForImaginaryFriends'': Mr. Herriman has Madame Foster, his creator, he's normally no nonsense and uptight with pretty much everyone else in the house, including her granddaughter Frankie, but he truly loves Madame Foster (especially when you consider she never abandoned him after she grew up). He's even willing to perform the incredibly embarrassing "Funny Bunny" song for her.
* On ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'' in the U.S. Acres segments during the later seasons, Roy Rooster had two Morality Pets. The first one his little niece, Chloe, he ditched his date to save her from the weasel and spent the rest of the night with her instead. The second one is [[FriendshipMoment Wade Duck]] sometimes. Although he pranks him and they argue sometimes, Roy had moments of [[DeclarationOfProtection protective instincts towards Wade]]. In the "Snow Wade" two-parter, Roy was the only character to show any concern for Wade's well being, when he didn't seem to wake up from the kiss.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'': While Archer's not a villain, Ruth in "Placebo Effect" seems to be the only person he doesn't act like a {{Jerkass}} towards. Also, while he is a jerk to Lana most of the time, he's shown a number of times that he does care about her, and in "Heart of Archness" he admits that she's his OnlyFriend.
* ''WesternAnimation/GravityFalls'':
** The kids are this to Grunkle Stan, especially Mabel. They help bring out the best in him.
** Dipper becomes this to Pacifica in "Northwest Mansion Mystery". After saving her from a ghost, she stops being rude and disrespectful to him. His scathing words to her when he found out he was tricked into getting rid of the ghost, and his apology after realizing she regretted her role, allow the two to become friends and [[ShipTease a possible interest in each other]]. When her AbusiveParents tell her to abandon their guests to the ghost, one look at Dipper was enough to get Pacifica to change her ways, making him the first positive influence on her life.
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* In the [[Literature/MidnightTides fifth book]] of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', the slave Udinaas serves as this to Rhulad, the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Emperor of a Thousand Deaths]]. He is fully aware of it and even lampshades it after a battle where many of the enemy soldiers had been slaughtered by chaos magic: Udinaas comments on how Rhulad had been furious about the outcome, but only because he had wanted to fight and die -- the other sentiments, like anger about the senseless slaughter, had been borrowed from Udinaas. He later mentions how the role he served should have been occupied by someone from Rhulad's family, but they had all been too busy feeling sorry for themselves.



* In one of the tie-in novels for ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', WellIntentionedExtremist Arkady sets out to attack Malfeas, encounters a little girl who's held captive by Black Spiral Dancers, and spends some time first trying to get her out of the way and then trying to protect her as she follows him. [[spoiler:She's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld and a manifestation of the White Howler totem.]]
* In ''The [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series, the Aes Sedai Cadsuane attempts to use Tam al'Thor as one to make his son, [[TheChosenOne Rand al'Thor]], remember his youth and humanity. [[FromBadToWorse After some]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone tense confrontations,]] it eventually works.



* In the [[Literature/MidnightTides fifth book]] of the ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', the slave Udinaas serves as this to Rhulad, the [[NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast Emperor of a Thousand Deaths]]. He is fully aware of it and even lampshades it after a battle where many of the enemy soldiers had been slaughtered by chaos magic: Udinaas comments on how Rhulad had been furious about the outcome, but only because he had wanted to fight and die -- the other sentiments, like anger about the senseless slaughter, had been borrowed from Udinaas. He later mentions how the role he served should have been occupied by someone from Rhulad's family, but they had all been too busy feeling sorry for themselves.
* In one of the tie-in novels for ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', WellIntentionedExtremist Arkady sets out to attack Malfeas, encounters a little girl who's held captive by Black Spiral Dancers, and spends some time first trying to get her out of the way and then trying to protect her as she follows him. [[spoiler:She's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld and a manifestation of the White Howler totem.]]
* In ''The [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series, the Aes Sedai Cadsuane attempts to use Tam al'Thor as one to make his son, [[TheChosenOne Rand al'Thor]], remember his youth and humanity. [[FromBadToWorse After some]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone tense confrontations,]] it eventually works.



* ''Series/{{Borgia}}'': Lucrezia to Cesare is the most prominent example, but Cesare actually has quite a few. His children, sometimes his mother Vannozza, and his wife Charlotte when he remembers her, are also morality pets to him.



* ''Series/{{Borgia}}'': Lucrezia to Cesare is the most prominent example, but Cesare actually has quite a few. His children, sometimes his mother Vannozza, and his wife Charlotte when he remembers her, are also morality pets to him.



* In ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', Natsumi and [[TheHeart Yuusuke]] act as [[AntiHero Tsukasa]]'s moral compass.



* In ''Series/KamenRiderDecade'', Natsumi and [[TheHeart Yuusuke]] act as [[AntiHero Tsukasa]]'s moral compass.



* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' gives us an interesting example. After being on the road for almost a year after his defeat in the previous season, The Governor adopts a little girl and her family. He genuinely wants to change his ways, but he quickly becomes worse than ever in the things he does to protect them. An odd case where the morality pet actually makes a character worse.
** A more straightforward example is Daryl, who plays this role to his older brother, Merle.
* Deconstructed in ''Series/TheWire''. D'Angelo Barksdale seems to think it's too late for him to get out of the game, but starts to see a bit of himself in a younger and equally disaffected dealer, Wallace, who's traumatised by witnessing a recent and particularly brutal murder. D tries to help the kid get on the straight and narrow -- however, other members of the gang see Wallace drifting away and interpret it (accurately, as it happens) as a sign he's a snitch. [[spoiler:Wallace's murder drives a wedge between D'Angelo and Avon, and foreshadows his own murder when he too expresses a desire to put "the game" behind him.]]



* Deconstructed in ''Series/TheWire''. D'Angelo Barksdale seems to think it's too late for him to get out of the game, but starts to see a bit of himself in a younger and equally disaffected dealer, Wallace, who's traumatised by witnessing a recent and particularly brutal murder. D tries to help the kid get on the straight and narrow -- however, other members of the gang see Wallace drifting away and interpret it (accurately, as it happens) as a sign he's a snitch. [[spoiler:Wallace's murder drives a wedge between D'Angelo and Avon, and foreshadows his own murder when he too expresses a desire to put "the game" behind him.]]
* ''Series/TheWalkingDead'' gives us an interesting example. After being on the road for almost a year after his defeat in the previous season, The Governor adopts a little girl and her family. He genuinely wants to change his ways, but he quickly becomes worse than ever in the things he does to protect them. An odd case where the morality pet actually makes a character worse.
** A more straightforward example is Daryl, who plays this role to his older brother, Merle.



* When Wrestling/{{WWE}} wants to put Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio through a HeelFaceTurn, their formula is simple- have a heel assault his loyal manservant, Ricardo Rodriguez, and have Del Rio make with the RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the jerk who did it.
* El Generico/Wrestling/SamiZayn is Kevin Steen/Kevin Owens' in both Wrestling/{{Ring of Honor}} and Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}... until his inevitable [[FaceHeelTurn Face-Heel]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Turns]] in both promotions, of course. Since this is [[NiceGuy Sami]], Kevin is, of course, EasilyForgiven after this happens.
* [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]], had Damien, his favorite of the many snakes he owns. Jake was never shown as anything but kind to Damien. In 1991, [[Wrestling/JohnTenta Earthquake]] [[{{Kayfabe}} squashed]] Damien. The feud against Quake was Jake's last as a face (he shortly thereafter had a FaceHeelTurn when he interrupted [[Wrestling/RandySavage Randy "Macho Man" Savage]] and [[Characters/WWEDivas Elizabeth]]'s [[{{Kayfabe}} wedding]] at ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}} 91'', and sicced a cobra on him), and in a bit of FridgeBrilliance, one can look to Damien's squashing as his StartOfDarkness.



* [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]], had Damien, his favorite of the many snakes he owns. Jake was never shown as anything but kind to Damien. In 1991, [[Wrestling/JohnTenta Earthquake]] [[{{Kayfabe}} squashed]] Damien. The feud against Quake was Jake's last as a face (he shortly thereafter had a FaceHeelTurn when he interrupted [[Wrestling/RandySavage Randy "Macho Man" Savage]] and [[Characters/WWEDivas Elizabeth]]'s [[{{Kayfabe}} wedding]] at ''Wrestling/{{SummerSlam}} 91'', and sicced a cobra on him), and in a bit of FridgeBrilliance, one can look to Damien's squashing as his StartOfDarkness.



* When Wrestling/{{WWE}} wants to put Wrestling/AlbertoDelRio through a HeelFaceTurn, their formula is simple- have a heel assault his loyal manservant, Ricardo Rodriguez, and have Del Rio make with the RoaringRampageOfRevenge against the jerk who did it.
* El Generico/Wrestling/SamiZayn is Kevin Steen/Kevin Owens' in both Wrestling/{{Ring of Honor}} and Wrestling/{{WWENXT}}... until his inevitable [[FaceHeelTurn Face-Heel]] [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder Turns]] in both promotions, of course. Since this is [[NiceGuy Sami]], Kevin is, of course, EasilyForgiven after this happens.



* VideoGame/DragonQuestIV Gives [[BigBad Psaro]] one in the form of Rose. Her influence is the only thing that keeps him from completely and utterly wiping out the human race. [[spoiler: The second she's killed, he loses his mind and initiates a transformation so that he can destroy all mankind in retaliation. In the remakes, one can bring Rose back to life with through a sidequest. Bringing her to the location of the final boss fight causes Psaro to regain his sanity, transform back, and join the party to exact revenge on TheDragon for planning her death.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' plays with this in Coffinwell: [[{{Hikikomori}} Doctor Phlegming]] is very antisocial, and his cheerful wife Catarrhina appears to be the only other person he cares about... yet he still neglects her in favor of his research. [[spoiler:In fact, it's actually her ''death'' that spurs him to change his ways for the better, effectively Inverting the usual trope.]]
* In the HGame ''Idols Galore'', the protagonist would otherwise be a JerkAss at best, if it wasn't revealed that it's mostly a JerkassFacade (albeit to hide his very reluctant good qualities). In fact, if he gets the ending with his Morality Pet, its revealed he's actually a fairly decent and even noble person who was hiding under several layers of asshole because he didn't want his inner decency to show.
* In a city of twelve million people, there's only one person [[VideoGame/{{Prototype}} Alex Mercer]] gives a damn about: his sister, Dana. In fact, ultimately it turns out that [[spoiler: the Blacklight Virus cares more about her than the ''real'' Alex Mercer ever did.]]
** In the [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} sequel]], when Alex has [[spoiler: [[RogueProtagonist gone completely bugfuck insane and is trying to destroy humanity]], he still seems to possess ''some'' affection for her; as when he catches her he doesn't kill her, despite her role in thwarting his plans (he previously quickly killed off Heller's other contact).]]
* Arguably, Melissa Woodward, in ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215''. Main character Kyle Hyde normally looks, sounds, and acts like a washed-up FilmNoir detective, but his actions with Melissa (including acting as her nanny, getting her out of a locked room 20 minutes later, giving her a stuffed rabbit doll, and getting an entire Christmas tree out of storage because she was complaining she didn't get anything for Christmas) prompts Hyde to note that he acts like "a sap".
* The ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}'' games don't really show how the Silencer reacts around his fellow Rebels, but the fact that he's apparently willing to stop by the bar and talk with them, or at least listen to them, makes for a nice contrast with his being a sociopathic killing machine.

to:

* VideoGame/DragonQuestIV Gives [[BigBad Psaro]] one in In most single-player video- or computer-game [=RPGs=], [=NPC=] party members aren't so much Morality Pet as they are Moral Compasses- good characters will approve of good actions and deride evil ones, and vice-versa - but the form fact that, for example, the option remains for the PlayerCharacter's old friend from childhood to still be treated like a favorite sister even after they've taken down a kidnapping ring and set themselves up in its place probably makes many players feel warm and fuzzy inside.
* Fanon likes to make [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney Adrian Andrews]] into a Morality Pet for Franziska Von Karma. In the actual games, she does latch onto Von Karma because
of Rose. Her influence her dependency issues, but the main reason Von Karma is any nicer to Andrews than she is to anyone else is that at this point in continuity, she's still dedicated to her win records and knows that this is the only thing that keeps him from completely best way to get Andrews to work with her in court. Later on, when Von Karma is less of a royal bitch and utterly wiping out doesn't need a Morality Pet so much, Andrews is learning to stand on her own, without the human race. aid of the strong mentor figures she relied on.
** To some extent
[[spoiler: The second she's killed, Trucy]] acts as a sort of Morality Pet for [[spoiler: Phoenix]] after he loses his mind and initiates a transformation so is [[spoiler: disbarred]], ''and'' as we see that he can destroy all mankind in retaliation. In becomes totally BadAss after being [[spoiler: disbarred]], if he hadn't had a Morality Pet...
** [[spoiler: Mia]] and later [[spoiler: Maya]] as a Morality Pet for [[spoiler: Godot]]. It's his prime motivation for why [[spoiler: he killed Elise Deauxnim, who had
the remakes, one can bring Rose back to life with through a sidequest. Bringing spirit of Dahlia Hawthorne inhabiting her body.]] [[spoiler: Maya even tries to take the location of the final boss fight causes Psaro to regain his sanity, transform back, and join the party to exact revenge on TheDragon heat for planning her death.him.]]
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' plays with this in Coffinwell: [[{{Hikikomori}} Doctor Phlegming]] is very antisocial, Heart Aino to Saki Tsuzura and Yoriko Yasuzumi to Lilica Felchenerow from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart''. Also Catherine Kyohbashi to Kira Daidouji.
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'': Irenicus ''tries'' to use
his cheerful wife Catarrhina appears to be the only other person he cares about... yet he still neglects her in favor of his research. [[spoiler:In fact, it's actually her ''death'' that spurs him to change his ways for the better, effectively Inverting the usual trope.]]
* In the HGame ''Idols Galore'', the protagonist would otherwise be
old lover as a JerkAss at best, if it wasn't revealed that it's mostly a JerkassFacade (albeit to hide his very reluctant good qualities). In fact, if he gets the ending with his Morality Pet, its revealed but since he's been exiled and stripped of emotional response (aside from thundering rages), every attempt he makes ends up being both misguided and just plain creepy.
** To wit: he ''clones'' her, but the clones are insane and/or desperate not to be controlled by him (he can't
actually a fairly decent and even noble person who was hiding under several layers of asshole because he didn't want his inner decency to show.
* In a city of twelve million people, there's only one person [[VideoGame/{{Prototype}} Alex Mercer]] gives a damn about: his sister, Dana. In fact, ultimately it turns out that [[spoiler: the Blacklight Virus cares more about her than the ''real'' Alex Mercer ever did.]]
** In the [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} sequel]], when Alex has [[spoiler: [[RogueProtagonist gone completely bugfuck insane and is trying to destroy humanity]], he still seems to possess ''some'' affection for her; as when he catches her he doesn't kill her, despite her role in thwarting his plans (he previously quickly killed off Heller's other contact).]]
* Arguably, Melissa Woodward, in ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215''. Main character Kyle Hyde normally looks, sounds, and acts like a washed-up FilmNoir detective, but his actions with Melissa (including acting as her nanny, getting her out of a locked room 20 minutes later, giving her a stuffed rabbit doll, and getting an entire Christmas tree out of storage because she was complaining she didn't get
feel anything for Christmas) prompts Hyde them, after all); he kidnaps dryads in an attempt to note that he acts kindle the fires of passion, but then treats them more like "a sap".
* The ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}'' games don't really show how
(implied) sex slaves; he ''strips out the Silencer reacts around soul of a godling'' in an attempt to replace his fellow Rebels, but own. And through all that, when he ''finally'' gets the fact that chance at redemption and love with his old lover, he's apparently willing so far gone down his path that he opts instead to stop by try to kill her.
* From
the bar and talk with them, or at least listen to them, makes ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' games, Banjo is this for a nice contrast with his being a sociopathic killing machine.the otherwise GoodIsNotNice DeadpanSnarker Kazooie.



* Averted in ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite'': the player's pet is a representation of the player and acts according to the player's desires. (Well, most of the time.) Of course, the player's desires can include [[strike:eating]] pooping all over one's followers?
* The ''VideoGame/{{Crusader}}'' games don't really show how the Silencer reacts around his fellow Rebels, but the fact that he's apparently willing to stop by the bar and talk with them, or at least listen to them, makes for a nice contrast with his being a sociopathic killing machine.
* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', Ghost Widow has Wretch.
* Taro acts as one to Rozalin in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'', and Etna's a lot nicer to Hanako than she is to the rest of the party.
** Raspberyl to Mao in the third game. Becomes a MoralityChain in the bad ending.
** Flonne to both Laharl and Enta (again) in the 1st game.



* In the later missions of ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', Jim Raynor might be seen as the Morality Pet for Tassadar and the other Aiur-dwelling Protoss.
** Matt Horner serves as one for Raynor in the sequel, stopping him from getting [[ItsPersonal carried away.]]
* Subverted in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'': Irenicus ''tries'' to use his old lover as a Morality Pet, but since he's been exiled and stripped of emotional response (aside from thundering rages), every attempt he makes ends up being both misguided and just plain creepy.
** To wit: he ''clones'' her, but the clones are insane and/or desperate not to be controlled by him (he can't actually feel anything for them, after all); he kidnaps dryads in an attempt to kindle the fires of passion, but then treats them more like (implied) sex slaves; he ''strips out the soul of a godling'' in an attempt to replace his own. And through all that, when he ''finally'' gets the chance at redemption and love with his old lover, he's so far gone down his path that he opts instead to try to kill her.
* In most single-player video- or computer-game [=RPGs=], [=NPC=] party members aren't so much Morality Pet as they are Moral Compasses- good characters will approve of good actions and deride evil ones, and vice-versa - but the fact that, for example, the option remains for the PlayerCharacter's old friend from childhood to still be treated like a favorite sister even after they've taken down a kidnapping ring and set themselves up in its place probably makes many players feel warm and fuzzy inside.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite'': the player's pet is a representation of the player and acts according to the player's desires. (Well, most of the time.) Of course, the player's desires can include [[strike:eating]] pooping all over one's followers?
* Raphael from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' would seem more like a villain instead of an anti-hero if it wasn't for his foster daughter, Amy, being the driving motivation behind his actions.
** Of course, these actions include trying to start a bloody civil war, and later trying to turn the entire world into vampires. This may be more an example of LoveMakesYouEvil.
* Volgin's care for [[DepravedBisexual his lover, Raikov]], in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3''. It's pretty much his only redeeming feature. The End also has his own Morality Pet, his pet parrot. If you shoot it, he will make a lot of noise about it. And heaven help you if you eat it...
** Snake pours scorn on the very idea, and mocks Otacon for believing that liking dogs proves that Wolf is a good person.
* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sword of Flame]]'', Nino is Jaffar's Morality Pet, changing him from a soulless Angel of Death to someone with actual feelings.
** Lesser example, in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]], the main character Ike is very much one for Soren, who has a tendency to be amoral and callous at the best of times. Played with in that ''Ike's'' the big, imposing one.
** The player character can be one for [[spoiler: Gangrel and Walhart]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening.''
* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', Travis owns a kitten called Jeane that you can feed and play around with. This has no gameplay purpose except to show that Travis isn't such a bad guy.
** In the sequel, helping your (now) overweight cat get back into shape unlocks a special move.

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* In the later missions of ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', Jim Raynor might be seen as the Morality Pet for Tassadar and the other Aiur-dwelling Protoss.
** Matt Horner serves as
''VideoGame/DragonQuestIV'' gives [[BigBad Psaro]] one for Raynor in the sequel, stopping form of Rose. Her influence is the only thing that keeps him from getting [[ItsPersonal carried away.completely and utterly wiping out the human race. [[spoiler: The second she's killed, he loses his mind and initiates a transformation so that he can destroy all mankind in retaliation. In the remakes, one can bring Rose back to life with through a sidequest. Bringing her to the location of the final boss fight causes Psaro to regain his sanity, transform back, and join the party to exact revenge on TheDragon for planning her death.]]
* Subverted ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' plays with this in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate II'': Irenicus ''tries'' to use Coffinwell: [[{{Hikikomori}} Doctor Phlegming]] is very antisocial, and his old lover as cheerful wife Catarrhina appears to be the only other person he cares about... yet he still neglects her in favor of his research. [[spoiler:In fact, it's actually her ''death'' that spurs him to change his ways for the better, effectively Inverting the usual trope.]]
* In the ''[[Franchise/TheElderScrolls Elder Scrolls]]'' games, Clavicus Vile is
a Morality Pet, but since demon prince who enjoys [[DealWithTheDevil bargaining with mortals,]] [[LiteralGenie and satisfying his end of the bargain in ways that the mortals regret]]. He's sometimes accompanied by a dog called Barbas, who is implied to be his 'better half', a supernatural manifestation of his conscience.
** In ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim,'' there's a sketchy, highly unpopular wizard by the name of Falion in Morthal. He's kind of abrasive, sells black soul gems, and is involved in secret research most likely related to necromancy. The entire town (minus his own sister and the already-crazy Jarl) knows
he's been exiled and stripped of emotional response (aside from thundering rages), every attempt up to something. However, he makes ends up being both misguided and just plain creepy.
** To wit: he ''clones'' her, but the clones are insane and/or desperate not to be controlled by him (he can't actually feel anything for them, after all); he kidnaps dryads in an attempt to kindle the fires of passion, but then treats them more like (implied) sex slaves; he ''strips out the soul of a godling'' in an attempt to replace his own. And through all that, when he ''finally'' gets the chance at redemption and love with his old lover, he's so far gone down his path that he opts instead to try to kill her.
* In most single-player video- or computer-game [=RPGs=], [=NPC=] party members aren't so much Morality Pet as they are Moral Compasses- good characters will approve of good actions and deride evil ones, and vice-versa - but the fact that, for example, the option remains for the PlayerCharacter's old friend from childhood to still be treated like a favorite sister even after they've
has also taken down in a kidnapping ring young orphan girl and set themselves up in its place probably makes many players feel warm and fuzzy inside.
* Averted in ''VideoGame/BlackAndWhite'': the player's pet
is motivated by a representation of the player and acts according desire to the player's desires. (Well, most of the time.) Of course, the player's desires can include [[strike:eating]] pooping all over one's followers?
* Raphael from the ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' would seem more like a villain instead of an anti-hero if it wasn't for his foster daughter, Amy, being the driving motivation behind his actions.
** Of course, these actions include trying to start a bloody civil war, and later trying to turn the entire world into vampires. This may be more an example of LoveMakesYouEvil.
* Volgin's care for [[DepravedBisexual his lover, Raikov]], in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3''. It's pretty much his only redeeming feature. The End also has his own Morality Pet, his pet parrot. If you shoot it, he will make a lot of noise about it. And heaven help you if you eat it...
** Snake pours scorn on the very idea, and mocks Otacon for believing that liking dogs proves that Wolf is a good person.
*
keep her safe. In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sword of Flame]]'', Nino is Jaffar's Morality Pet, changing him from a soulless Angel of Death to someone with actual feelings.
** Lesser example, in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]], the main character Ike is very much one for Soren, who has a tendency to be amoral and callous at the best of times. Played with in that ''Ike's'' the big, imposing one.
** The player character can be one for [[spoiler: Gangrel and Walhart]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening.''
* In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', Travis owns a kitten called Jeane that you can feed and play around with. This has no gameplay purpose except to show that Travis isn't such a bad guy.
** In the sequel, helping your (now) overweight cat get back into shape unlocks a special move.
turn, she adores him.



* Luca Blight from ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' may be an AxCrazy OmnicidalManiac, but he really does care for his sister, Jillia.
** Which he then subverts by promising her that if it wasn't for the way she looks, he would have murdered her a long time ago for the hell of it.
* Kel'Thuzad, TheDragon to [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft The Lich King]] has a little kitten within his BossRoom named [[Film/AustinPowers Mr. Bigglesworth]]. If players kill it, he'll let out a BigNo while swearing that his armies of undead will hunt you down. Officially, it's the last of his humanity. So it really ''is'' the closest thing he has to not being pure evil.



* In ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemElibe Fire Emblem: Sword of Flame]]'', Nino is Jaffar's Morality Pet, changing him from a soulless Angel of Death to someone with actual feelings.
** Lesser example, in [[VideoGame/FireEmblemTellius Path of Radiance]], the main character Ike is very much one for Soren, who has a tendency to be amoral and callous at the best of times. Played with in that ''Ike's'' the big, imposing one.
** The player character can be one for [[spoiler: Gangrel and Walhart]] in ''VideoGame/FireEmblemAwakening.''
* One of the more shocking twists in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' is that BigBad [[spoiler: Yomiel]] had one of these...and it's [[spoiler: the main character. Sissel's GhostAmnesia made him forget that he was a stray cat who became Yomiel's sole companion during ten years of undead isolation from humanity.]]



* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV: Shadows of Darkness'' [[spoiler:Tanya fills this role towards Katrina, who wants to resurrect the local EldritchAbomination. Boy, do you feel like a jerk when do the right thing by returning Tanya to her rightful parents. Fortunately for you, by the time this happens in the game, ''you've'' become Katrina's new morality pet, even though she doesn't realize it until [[HeroicSacrifice it's too late.]]]]



* In the HGame ''Idols Galore'', the protagonist would otherwise be a JerkAss at best, if it wasn't revealed that it's mostly a JerkassFacade (albeit to hide his very reluctant good qualities). In fact, if he gets the ending with his Morality Pet, its revealed he's actually a fairly decent and even noble person who was hiding under several layers of asshole because he didn't want his inner decency to show.
* Arguably, Melissa Woodward, in ''VisualNovel/HotelDuskRoom215''. Main character Kyle Hyde normally looks, sounds, and acts like a washed-up FilmNoir detective, but his actions with Melissa (including acting as her nanny, getting her out of a locked room 20 minutes later, giving her a stuffed rabbit doll, and getting an entire Christmas tree out of storage because she was complaining she didn't get anything for Christmas) prompts Hyde to note that he acts like "a sap".
* Volgin's care for [[DepravedBisexual his lover, Raikov]], in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid3''. It's pretty much his only redeeming feature. The End also has his own Morality Pet, his pet parrot. If you shoot it, he will make a lot of noise about it. And heaven help you if you eat it...
** Snake pours scorn on the very idea, and mocks Otacon for believing that liking dogs proves that Wolf is a good person.



* Fanon likes to make [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney Adrian Andrews]] into a Morality Pet for Franziska Von Karma. In the actual games, she does latch onto Von Karma because of her dependency issues, but the main reason Von Karma is any nicer to Andrews than she is to anyone else is that at this point in continuity, she's still dedicated to her win records and knows that this is the best way to get Andrews to work with her in court. Later on, when Von Karma is less of a royal bitch and doesn't need a Morality Pet so much, Andrews is learning to stand on her own, without the aid of the strong mentor figures she relied on.
** To some extent [[spoiler: Trucy]] acts as a sort of Morality Pet for [[spoiler: Phoenix]] after he is [[spoiler: disbarred]], ''and'' as we see that he becomes totally BadAss after being [[spoiler: disbarred]], if he hadn't had a Morality Pet...
** [[spoiler: Mia]] and later [[spoiler: Maya]] as a Morality Pet for [[spoiler: Godot]]. It's his prime motivation for why [[spoiler: he killed Elise Deauxnim, who had the spirit of Dahlia Hawthorne inhabiting her body.]] [[spoiler: Maya even tries to take the heat for him.]]

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* Fanon likes In ''VideoGame/NoMoreHeroes'', Travis owns a kitten called Jeane that you can feed and play around with. This has no gameplay purpose except to make [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney Adrian Andrews]] into show that Travis isn't such a Morality Pet for Franziska Von Karma. bad guy.
**
In the actual games, she does latch onto Von Karma because of her dependency issues, but the main reason Von Karma is any nicer to Andrews than she is to anyone else is that at this point in continuity, she's still dedicated to her win records and knows that this is the best way to sequel, helping your (now) overweight cat get Andrews to work with her in court. Later on, when Von Karma is less of back into shape unlocks a royal bitch and doesn't need a Morality Pet so much, Andrews is learning to stand on her own, without the aid of the strong mentor figures she relied on.
** To some extent [[spoiler: Trucy]] acts as a sort of Morality Pet for [[spoiler: Phoenix]] after he is [[spoiler: disbarred]], ''and'' as we see that he becomes totally BadAss after being [[spoiler: disbarred]], if he hadn't had a Morality Pet...
** [[spoiler: Mia]] and later [[spoiler: Maya]] as a Morality Pet for [[spoiler: Godot]]. It's his prime motivation for why [[spoiler: he killed Elise Deauxnim, who had the spirit of Dahlia Hawthorne inhabiting her body.]] [[spoiler: Maya even tries to take the heat for him.]]
special move.



* Even Kratos of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' has one in his daughter Calliope. While for the most part a SociopathicHero, invoking his PapaWolf nature can lead him into acts of heroism and selflessness, as seen in Chains of Olympus, where [[spoiler:he gives up the chance to remain with his beloved daughter in the Elysium Fields in order to save her and the world, including a [[PlayerPunch button-mashing sequence]] where [[PleaseDontLeaveMe he must push her away]]]].
** In the third game, he gains another one in the form of [[spoiler:Pandora]]. It doesn't stick, but her influence changes the ending.
* One of the more shocking twists in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' is that BigBad [[spoiler: Yomiel]] had one of these...and it's [[spoiler: the main character. Sissel's GhostAmnesia made him forget that he was a stray cat who became Yomiel's sole companion during ten years of undead isolation from humanity.]]
* ''{{Theresia}}'' subverts this. [[TortureTechnician Emile]] killed Leanne's mother when the latter was an infant, but kept her alive and raised her in an attempt to understand [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove the concept of love]]. Seeming more obsessed than truly maternal, she kept the child isolated from all other people, and sometimes kept her in chains. She never showed any love or affection towards her, but Leanne loved her anyway and considered her a mother figure, [[NightmareFetishist growing to love the smell of blood and the sound of screaming as reminders of her]]. Ultimately, [[spoiler:Emile protects Leanne from the other soldiers, but tries to kill her herself rather than let her escape to the outside world]].
* Taro acts as one to Rozalin in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'', and Etna's a lot nicer to Hanako than she is to the rest of the party.
** Raspberyl to Mao in the third game. Becomes a MoralityChain in the bad ending.
** Flonne to both Laharl and Enta (again) in the 1st game.

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* Even Kratos In a city of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' has twelve million people, there's only one in his daughter Calliope. While for the most part a SociopathicHero, invoking his PapaWolf nature can lead him into acts of heroism and selflessness, as seen in Chains of Olympus, where [[spoiler:he person [[VideoGame/{{Prototype}} Alex Mercer]] gives up the chance to remain with a damn about: his beloved daughter in the Elysium Fields in order to save her and the world, including a [[PlayerPunch button-mashing sequence]] where [[PleaseDontLeaveMe he must push her away]]]].
**
sister, Dana. In the third game, he gains another one in the form of [[spoiler:Pandora]]. It doesn't stick, but her influence changes the ending.
* One of the more shocking twists in ''VideoGame/GhostTrick'' is
fact, ultimately it turns out that BigBad [[spoiler: Yomiel]] had one of these...and it's [[spoiler: the main character. Sissel's GhostAmnesia made him forget that he was a stray cat who became Yomiel's sole companion during ten years of undead isolation from humanity.Blacklight Virus cares more about her than the ''real'' Alex Mercer ever did.]]
* ''{{Theresia}}'' subverts this. [[TortureTechnician Emile]] killed Leanne's mother ** In the [[VideoGame/{{Prototype 2}} sequel]], when the latter was an infant, but kept her alive Alex has [[spoiler: [[RogueProtagonist gone completely bugfuck insane and raised her in an attempt is trying to understand [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove the concept of love]]. Seeming more obsessed than truly maternal, she kept the child isolated from all other people, and sometimes kept her in chains. She never showed any love or destroy humanity]], he still seems to possess ''some'' affection for her; as when he catches her he doesn't kill her, despite her role in thwarting his plans (he previously quickly killed off Heller's other contact).]]
* In ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryIV: Shadows of Darkness'' [[spoiler:Tanya fills this role
towards her, but Leanne loved Katrina, who wants to resurrect the local EldritchAbomination. Boy, do you feel like a jerk when do the right thing by returning Tanya to her anyway and considered her a mother figure, [[NightmareFetishist growing to love rightful parents. Fortunately for you, by the smell of blood and the sound of screaming as reminders of her]]. Ultimately, [[spoiler:Emile protects Leanne from the other soldiers, but tries to kill her herself rather than let her escape to the outside world]].
* Taro acts as one to Rozalin in ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 2|CursedMemories}}'', and Etna's a lot nicer to Hanako than she is to the rest of the party.
** Raspberyl to Mao
time this happens in the third game. Becomes a MoralityChain in the bad ending.
** Flonne to both Laharl and Enta (again) in the 1st game.
game, ''you've'' become Katrina's new morality pet, even though she doesn't realize it until [[HeroicSacrifice it's too late.]]]]



* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', Ghost Widow has Wretch.
* VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} gives us Cave Johnson, the [[PointyHairedBoss CEO of Aperture Science]] and his assistant Caroline. Cave may have been hilariously insane and disregarding of his employees' safeties, but he had lots of respect for his assistant, who were one of the few people who could restrain him when he lost his temper. While he eventually [[spoiler:forced her to be uploaded unto GLaDOS later on against her will]], it is still obvious he still has some ounce of respect for her, in that [[spoiler:he does it not out of maliciousness, but due to wanting her to run the facility after his death due to his high regards of her]].

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* In ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'', Ghost Widow has Wretch.
* VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} gives us Cave Johnson,
Raphael from the [[PointyHairedBoss CEO ''VideoGame/SoulSeries'' would seem more like a villain instead of Aperture Science]] and his assistant Caroline. Cave may have been hilariously insane and disregarding of his employees' safeties, but he had lots of respect an anti-hero if it wasn't for his assistant, who were one of foster daughter, Amy, being the few people who could restrain him when he lost driving motivation behind his temper. While he eventually [[spoiler:forced her actions.
** Of course, these actions include trying
to be uploaded unto GLaDOS start a bloody civil war, and later on against trying to turn the entire world into vampires. This may be more an example of LoveMakesYouEvil.
* In the later missions of ''VideoGame/StarCraft'', Jim Raynor might be seen as the Morality Pet for Tassadar and the other Aiur-dwelling Protoss.
** Matt Horner serves as one for Raynor in the sequel, stopping him from getting [[ItsPersonal carried away.]]
* Luca Blight from ''VideoGame/SuikodenII'' may be an AxCrazy OmnicidalManiac, but he really does care for his sister, Jillia.
** Which he then subverts by promising
her will]], it is still obvious he still has some ounce of respect for her, in that [[spoiler:he does if it not out of maliciousness, but due to wanting wasn't for the way she looks, he would have murdered her to run a long time ago for the facility after his death due to his high regards hell of her]].it.



* From the ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' games, Banjo is this for the otherwise GoodIsNotNice DeadpanSnarker Kazooie.
* In the ''[[Franchise/TheElderScrolls Elder Scrolls]]'' games, Clavicus Vile is a demon prince who enjoys [[DealWithTheDevil bargaining with mortals,]] [[LiteralGenie and satisfying his end of the bargain in ways that the mortals regret]]. He's sometimes accompanied by a dog called Barbas, who is implied to be his 'better half', a supernatural manifestation of his conscience.
** In ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim,'' there's a sketchy, highly unpopular wizard by the name of Falion in Morthal. He's kind of abrasive, sells black soul gems, and is involved in secret research most likely related to necromancy. The entire town (minus his own sister and the already-crazy Jarl) knows he's up to something. However, he has also taken in a young orphan girl and is motivated by a desire to keep her safe. In turn, she adores him.
* In VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft, Anduin Wrynn is this to his father, Varian Wrynn.

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* From ''{{Theresia}}'' subverts this. [[TortureTechnician Emile]] killed Leanne's mother when the ''VideoGame/BanjoKazooie'' games, Banjo is this for latter was an infant, but kept her alive and raised her in an attempt to understand [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove the otherwise GoodIsNotNice DeadpanSnarker Kazooie.
* In
concept of love]]. Seeming more obsessed than truly maternal, she kept the ''[[Franchise/TheElderScrolls Elder Scrolls]]'' games, Clavicus Vile is a demon prince who enjoys [[DealWithTheDevil bargaining with mortals,]] [[LiteralGenie child isolated from all other people, and satisfying his end of the bargain in ways that the mortals regret]]. He's sometimes accompanied by kept her in chains. She never showed any love or affection towards her, but Leanne loved her anyway and considered her a dog called Barbas, who is implied mother figure, [[NightmareFetishist growing to be his 'better half', a supernatural manifestation of his conscience.
** In ''Videogame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim,'' there's a sketchy, highly unpopular wizard by
love the name smell of Falion in Morthal. He's kind of abrasive, sells black soul gems, and is involved in secret research most likely related to necromancy. The entire town (minus his own sister blood and the already-crazy Jarl) knows he's up sound of screaming as reminders of her]]. Ultimately, [[spoiler:Emile protects Leanne from the other soldiers, but tries to something. However, he kill her herself rather than let her escape to the outside world]].
* Even Kratos of ''VideoGame/GodOfWar''
has also taken one in his daughter Calliope. While for the most part a young orphan girl SociopathicHero, invoking his PapaWolf nature can lead him into acts of heroism and is motivated by a desire selflessness, as seen in Chains of Olympus, where [[spoiler:he gives up the chance to keep remain with his beloved daughter in the Elysium Fields in order to save her safe. and the world, including a [[PlayerPunch button-mashing sequence]] where [[PleaseDontLeaveMe he must push her away]]]].
**
In turn, she adores him.
the third game, he gains another one in the form of [[spoiler:Pandora]]. It doesn't stick, but her influence changes the ending.
* In VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft, Anduin Wrynn VideoGame/{{Portal 2}} gives us Cave Johnson, the [[PointyHairedBoss CEO of Aperture Science]] and his assistant Caroline. Cave may have been hilariously insane and disregarding of his employees' safeties, but he had lots of respect for his assistant, who were one of the few people who could restrain him when he lost his temper. While he eventually [[spoiler:forced her to be uploaded unto GLaDOS later on against her will]], it is this still obvious he still has some ounce of respect for her, in that [[spoiler:he does it not out of maliciousness, but due to wanting her to run the facility after his death due to his father, Varian Wrynn.high regards of her]].



* Heart Aino to Saki Tsuzura and Yoriko Yasuzumi to Lilica Felchenerow from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart''. Also Catherine Kyohbashi to Kira Daidouji.

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* Heart Aino In VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft, Anduin Wrynn is this to Saki Tsuzura and Yoriko Yasuzumi his father, Varian Wrynn.
* Kel'Thuzad, TheDragon
to Lilica Felchenerow from ''VideoGame/ArcanaHeart''. Also Catherine Kyohbashi [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft The Lich King]] has a little kitten within his BossRoom named [[Film/AustinPowers Mr. Bigglesworth]]. If players kill it, he'll let out a BigNo while swearing that his armies of undead will hunt you down. Officially, it's the last of his humanity. So it really ''is'' the closest thing he has to Kira Daidouji.not being pure evil.
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* In the Ranma, [[MegaCrossover and other things]] FanFic HybridTheory. Akane is a subversion of this. She and Chris think that his promise to her is keeping him from descending into true villain-hood, but it doesn't end up meaning much at all.
* Adamska's love for Otacon [[spoiler: and his alternate-future self's love for Big Boss]] in FanFic/{{Stray}}.
* [[FanFic/ThePrivateDiaryOfElizabethQuatermain Elizabeth Quatermain]] is a cross between this and the {{Protectorate}} for GentlemanThief Skinner.
* Chester A. Bum is this for people in the [[FanFic/HookerVerse club]]. He gives them something to look after, which is what they need.



* "Fanfic/AenrhienVailiuri": Jaleh and Tovan tr'Khev discuss the possibility of Jaleh becoming one for Morgan. Note Morgan's more of an AntiHero by way of DeliberateValuesDissonance.
--> '''Tovan:''' ... ultimately she’s ''[[TheCaptain leih]]'' of this warbird and she’s going to run it the way she wants. If you want to change her, you’re going to have to work at it.
* In the MLP fancomic ''Webcomic/DiamondAndDazzle'', Dazzle seems to be this for Diamond. Doesn't stop them from being total brats toward each other, though.
* "Fanfic/AFathersWrath": Naruto serves as this to his father, a lot of things his father does is for Naruto, said Father happens to be [[spoiler: Orochimaru]]
* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-21963/litgal+Fulfilling+the+Function.htm Fulfilling the Function]]'', [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]] accidentally becomes this for his online friend who turns out to be [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Skynet]].
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8751000/1/Guardian-of-Light Guardian of Light]]'', Pitch has Helen, [[spoiler: his biological daughter]]. While at first he tried to turn her into [[DaddysLittleVillain his Nightmare Princess]], her influence causes him to rethink and realize that he cares about her too much to do that to her. [[spoiler: This leads to his HeelFaceTurn.]]
* Chester A. Bum is this for people in the [[FanFic/HookerVerse club]]. He gives them something to look after, which is what they need.
* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'', [[PurityPersonified Avalina]] becomes this for [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron the Horned King and Creeper]] (though to a lesser extent in the latter's case). Slowly over time, the feared warlord lich becomes [[LimaSyndrome more humane]] and the cowardly goblin becomes [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold kinder]] under the influence of [[AllLovingHero the pure girl]].



* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury'' has OriginalCharacter [[{{Tsundere}} Erin]] as a {{Protectorate}} and Morality Pet of sorts for [[AntiHero L]]. It's zig-zagged, though: he does treat her more kindly than he would [[EnemyMine Light or Misa]], but she still can't stop him from [[WhatTheHellHero doing most of the crazy things he does on the case]] (not that she doesn't try), [[KickTheMoralityPet and if it came down to it, not even she's safe]] [[ManipulativeBastard from his dirty play.]] Watari may have been this for L too, as [[spoiler:L seems to take it hard at the end when Watari dies.]]
** It could be argued that the entire task force is this for him; he doesn't show it much, but a few oneshots suggest that he [[spoiler: pulled his HeroicSacrifice at least partly for their sake.]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/8751000/1/Guardian-of-Light Guardian of Light]]'', Pitch has Helen, [[spoiler: his biological daughter]]. While at first he tried to turn her into [[DaddysLittleVillain his Nightmare Princess]], her influence causes him to rethink and realize that he cares about her too much to do that to her. [[spoiler: This leads to his HeelFaceTurn.]]



* [[OriginalCharacter Amanda Adams]] from ''Fanfic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'' is this to [[WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents Norm]] the Genie, or to be specific, ''grows'' into. Her selflessness annoys Norm at first, but soon it wins him over, and he goes from waiting for her to make a selfish wish he can [[JackassGenie mess up]], to giving her a beautiful dress, no wish required. It is more telling when Amanda becomes Timmy's friend, he at goes from wanting revenge on Timmy, but keeping Amanda out of it [[spoiler: to saving his life when the Pixies and Anti-Fairies decide to off him and Amanda.]]
* [[FanFic/ThePrivateDiaryOfElizabethQuatermain Elizabeth Quatermain]] is a cross between this and the {{Protectorate}} for GentlemanThief Skinner.
* In the Ranma, [[MegaCrossover and other things]] FanFic HybridTheory. Akane is a subversion of this. She and Chris think that his promise to her is keeping him from descending into true villain-hood, but it doesn't end up meaning much at all.



* Another ''Film/StarTrek'' example: Towards the end of the fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9795158/1/Written-in-the-Stars Written in the Stars]]'', Spock begins to suffer the effects of Pon Farr which causes him to become feral, reverting back to what Vulcans were like before the teachings of Surak. He's in such a state that he doesn't recognize any of the crew and attacks anyone who comes near him...apart from Fem!Kirk. She's the only one he still seems to recognize and even defends her from a group of other Vulcans in a crazed state.
** In both Mirror universes (the original and the alt reality version) the evil versions of Spock and Fem!Kirk are each other's MoralityPet. And to a lesser extent, their crew is this to them, too.

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* Another ''Film/StarTrek'' example: Towards In ''Fanfic/SayItThrice'', it's two years since the end events of ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', and Lydia has grown into this for the fic ''[[https://www.eponymous poltergeist. They're very much LikeBrotherAndSister, and while Betelgeuse continues to maintain his very carefully constructed reputation for being TheDreaded to other ghosts, there's absolutely nothing he won't do for "my girl."
* In [[http://www.
fanfiction.net/s/9795158/1/Written-in-the-Stars Written net/s/7970960/1/She-Lives-in-a-Daydream She Lives in a Daydream]] Pippa becomes this for Cell. It doesn't stop the Stars]]'', Spock begins to suffer events in canon from happening though.
* The ''Manga/DeathNote'' fanfic ''Fanfic/StoryOfTheCentury'' has OriginalCharacter [[{{Tsundere}} Erin]] as a {{Protectorate}} and Morality Pet of sorts for [[AntiHero L]]. It's zig-zagged, though: he does treat her more kindly than he would [[EnemyMine Light or Misa]], but she still can't stop him from [[WhatTheHellHero doing most of
the effects of Pon Farr which causes him to become feral, reverting back to what Vulcans were like before crazy things he does on the teachings of Surak. He's in such a state case]] (not that she doesn't try), [[KickTheMoralityPet and if it came down to it, not even she's safe]] [[ManipulativeBastard from his dirty play.]] Watari may have been this for L too, as [[spoiler:L seems to take it hard at the end when Watari dies.]]
** It could be argued that the entire task force is this for him;
he doesn't recognize any of the crew and attacks anyone who comes near him...apart from Fem!Kirk. She's the only one show it much, but a few oneshots suggest that he still seems to recognize and even defends her from a group of other Vulcans in a crazed state.
** In both Mirror universes (the original and the alt reality version) the evil versions of Spock and Fem!Kirk are each other's MoralityPet. And to a lesser extent,
[[spoiler: pulled his HeroicSacrifice at least partly for their crew is this to them, too. sake.]]
* Adamska's love for Otacon [[spoiler: and his alternate-future self's love for Big Boss]] in FanFic/{{Stray}}.



* [[OriginalCharacter Amanda Adams]] from ''Fanfic/NeverHadAFriendLikeMe'' is this to [[WesternAnimation/FairlyOddParents Norm]] the Genie, or to be specific, ''grows'' into. Her selflessness annoys Norm at first, but soon it wins him over, and he goes from waiting for her to make a selfish wish he can [[JackassGenie mess up]], to giving her a beautiful dress, no wish required. It is more telling when Amanda becomes Timmy's friend, he at goes from wanting revenge on Timmy, but keeping Amanda out of it [[spoiler: to saving his life when the Pixies and Anti-Fairies decide to off him and Amanda.]]
* "Fanfic/AenrhienVailiuri": Jaleh and Tovan tr'Khev discuss the possibility of Jaleh becoming one for Morgan. Note Morgan's more of an AntiHero by way of DeliberateValuesDissonance.
--> '''Tovan:''' ... ultimately she’s ''[[TheCaptain leih]]'' of this warbird and she’s going to run it the way she wants. If you want to change her, you’re going to have to work at it.
* "Fanfic/AFathersWrath": Naruto serves as this to his father, a lot of things his father does is for Naruto, said Father happens to be [[spoiler: Orochimaru]]
* In [[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7970960/1/She-Lives-in-a-Daydream She Lives in a Daydream]] Pippa becomes this for Cell. It doesn't stop the events in canon from happening though.



* In ''Fanfic/HopeForTheHeartless'', [[PurityPersonified Avalina]] becomes this for [[Disney/TheBlackCauldron the Horned King and Creeper]] (though to a lesser extent in the latter's case). Slowly over time, the feared warlord lich becomes [[LimaSyndrome more humane]] and the cowardly goblin becomes [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold kinder]] under the influence of [[AllLovingHero the pure girl]].



* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-21963/litgal+Fulfilling+the+Function.htm Fulfilling the Function]]'', [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]] accidentally becomes this for his online friend who turns out to be [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Skynet]].
* In the MLP fancomic ''Webcomic/DiamondAndDazzle'', Dazzle seems to be this for Diamond. Doesn't stop them from being total brats toward each other, though.
* In ''Fanfic/SayItThrice'', it's two years since the events of ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', and Lydia has grown into this for the eponymous poltergeist. They're very much LikeBrotherAndSister, and while Betelgeuse continues to maintain his very carefully constructed reputation for being TheDreaded to other ghosts, there's absolutely nothing he won't do for "my girl."

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* In ''[[http://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-21963/litgal+Fulfilling+the+Function.htm Fulfilling Another ''Film/StarTrek'' example: Towards the Function]]'', [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Xander]] accidentally becomes this for his online friend end of the fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9795158/1/Written-in-the-Stars Written in the Stars]]'', Spock begins to suffer the effects of Pon Farr which causes him to become feral, reverting back to what Vulcans were like before the teachings of Surak. He's in such a state that he doesn't recognize any of the crew and attacks anyone who turns out to be [[Franchise/{{Terminator}} Skynet]].
* In
comes near him...apart from Fem!Kirk. She's the MLP fancomic ''Webcomic/DiamondAndDazzle'', Dazzle only one he still seems to be this for Diamond. Doesn't stop them recognize and even defends her from being total brats toward each other, though.
* In ''Fanfic/SayItThrice'', it's two years since the events
a group of ''Film/{{Beetlejuice}}'', and Lydia has grown into this for the eponymous poltergeist. They're very much LikeBrotherAndSister, and while Betelgeuse continues to maintain his very carefully constructed reputation for being TheDreaded to other ghosts, there's absolutely nothing he won't do for "my girl."Vulcans in a crazed state.
** In both Mirror universes (the original and the alt reality version) the evil versions of Spock and Fem!Kirk are each other's MoralityPet. And to a lesser extent, their crew is this to them, too.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** General Posada really does love his daughter Maria. [[spoiler:And was distraught when it looked like she died.]]
** La Muerte is the ''sole'' being in the world that Xibalba respects and shows his soft side to. He is literally putty in her hands. WordOfGod even stated that La Muerte knows she's the only one who can change him.
* In ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsMovieIIANewGeneration'', [[BigBad Dark Heart]] [[DealWithTheDevil manipulates]] a girl named Christy into helping him, but develops affection for her after she saves him from drowning. After accidentally harming her, his remorse is enough to not only help save her, but also [[spoiler:[[BecomeARealBoy turn him human]]]].



* In ''WesternAnimation/CareBearsMovieIIANewGeneration'', [[BigBad Dark Heart]] [[DealWithTheDevil manipulates]] a girl named Christy into helping him, but develops affection for her after she saves him from drowning. After accidentally harming her, his remorse is enough to not only help save her, but also [[spoiler:[[BecomeARealBoy turn him human]]]].
* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', Rapunzel becomes this for Flynn Rider. While he's not an evil guy, he still starts off showing very little concern for his cohorts (he abandons his previous two partners in crime to be arrested and, likely, executed). When he ends up dragging Rapunzel into dangerous situations though, he does whatever he can to take care of her, and ends up falling in love [[spoiler:and dying to set her free from Mother Gothel.]]
* In ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', Long John Silver has a literal Morality Pet called Morph, a cute bloblike alien that apparently represents his conscience. One could argue that Jim Hawkins himself is another Morality Pet for Silver.



* ''WesternAnimation/TheBookOfLife'':
** General Posada really does love his daughter Maria. [[spoiler:And was distraught when it looked like she died.]]
** La Muerte is the ''sole'' being in the world that Xibalba respects and shows his soft side to. He is literally putty in her hands. WordOfGod even stated that La Muerte knows she's the only one who can change him.



* In ''Disney/{{Tangled}}'', Rapunzel becomes this for Flynn Rider. While he's not an evil guy, he still starts off showing very little concern for his cohorts (he abandons his previous two partners in crime to be arrested and, likely, executed). When he ends up dragging Rapunzel into dangerous situations though, he does whatever he can to take care of her, and ends up falling in love [[spoiler:and dying to set her free from Mother Gothel.]]
* In ''Disney/TreasurePlanet'', Long John Silver has a literal Morality Pet called Morph, a cute bloblike alien that apparently represents his conscience. One could argue that Jim Hawkins himself is another Morality Pet for Silver.



* Chewbacca is pretty much Han Solo's Morality Pet. If he weren't so good at guilting his buddy, the ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy would have been over after one movie.
* In ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', Marni acted as this for Nathan. When she died, the role was fortunately taken over by Shilo, who in turn became Nathan's MoralityChain.
* Mass murderer Riddick managed to find a few morality pets in ''Film/PitchBlack'', Fry, Jack, and Imam. Of course, [[spoiler: Fry died at the end of Pitch Black,]] and [[spoiler: Jack (Kyra) and Imam died at the end of ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', leaving Riddick with no more morality pets, and a whole empire of necromongers at his command!]] Be afraid. Be ''very'' afraid.

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* Chewbacca Minilla, or Minya, is pretty much Han Solo's Morality Pet. If he weren't so good at guilting his buddy, the ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy would have been over after one movie.
* In ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', Marni acted as
this for Nathan. When she died, ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' in the role was fortunately taken over by Shilo, who Showa series. And especially in turn became Nathan's MoralityChain.
* Mass murderer Riddick managed to find a few morality pets in ''Film/PitchBlack'', Fry, Jack, and Imam. Of course,
''Final Wars'', when [[spoiler: Fry died at Godzilla ultimately decides to spare the end of Pitch Black,]] humans simply because Minilla asked him to.]]
* ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' has Max be a literal one. Although he participates in his master's evil deeds, he makes the Grinch save Cindy from the machine in the Post Office. He even has his own Christmas party while the Grinch is down in Whoville... until his master interrupts him
and [[spoiler: Jack (Kyra) throws him out.
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Prim, for Katniss
and Imam died at Buttercup; she is one of few people they show any kindness to.
* Harley,
the end of ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', leaving Riddick with no more morality pets, Tennessee boy who helps Iron Man repair and a whole empire of necromongers at recharge his command!]] Be afraid. Be ''very'' afraid.armour, in ''Film/IronMan3'' is this to Tony Stark.



* ''{{Film/Maleficent}}'' has a major one in Princess Aurora, who is wholly responsible for her [[HeelFaceTurn Heel-Face Turn]] in the later half of the movie, and a minor one in her servant Diaval, who, for all his undying loyalty to her, is a genuinely kind man(/raven) and has no qualms in calling her out on her cruel behavior.



* ''Film/NonStop'': Were it not for Becca, a little girl who's on her first flight and rather scared of it, we would hardly see Marks acting like an actual human being as he helps her cope with her fear.
* Mass murderer Riddick managed to find a few morality pets in ''Film/PitchBlack'', Fry, Jack, and Imam. Of course, [[spoiler: Fry died at the end of Pitch Black,]] and [[spoiler: Jack (Kyra) and Imam died at the end of ''Film/TheChroniclesOfRiddick'', leaving Riddick with no more morality pets, and a whole empire of necromongers at his command!]] Be afraid. Be ''very'' afraid.
* ''Film/{{Predators}}'': Unlike [[AntiHero the rest of the cast]], Isabelle is clearly a [[GoodIsNotNice tough-minded but fundamentally moral person]]. So the fact that she persistently tags along with Royce--and trusts him despite his erratic loyalties--gives the strong indication to the audience that there may a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold decent person somewhere under Royce's mercenary exterior]], as does [[PetTheDog his behavior toward her]].
* In ''Film/RepoTheGeneticOpera'', Marni acted as this for Nathan. When she died, the role was fortunately taken over by Shilo, who in turn became Nathan's MoralityChain.
* Chewbacca is pretty much Han Solo's Morality Pet. If he weren't so good at guilting his buddy, the ''Franchise/StarWars'' trilogy would have been over after one movie.



* ''Film/{{Predators}}'': Unlike [[AntiHero the rest of the cast]], Isabelle is clearly a [[GoodIsNotNice tough-minded but fundamentally moral person]]. So the fact that she persistently tags along with Royce--and trusts him despite his erratic loyalties--gives the strong indication to the audience that there may a [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold decent person somewhere under Royce's mercenary exterior]], as does [[PetTheDog his behavior toward her]].
* Harley, the Tennessee boy who helps Iron Man repair and recharge his armour, in ''Film/IronMan3'' is this to Tony Stark.
* ''Film/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas'' has Max be a literal one. Although he participates in his master's evil deeds, he makes the Grinch save Cindy from the machine in the Post Office. He even has his own Christmas party while the Grinch is down in Whoville... until his master interrupts him and throws him out.
* ''Film/NonStop'': Were it not for Becca, a little girl who's on her first flight and rather scared of it, we would hardly see Marks acting like an actual human being as he helps her cope with her fear.
* ''{{Film/Maleficent}}'' has a major one in Princess Aurora, who is wholly responsible for her [[HeelFaceTurn Heel-Face Turn]] in the later half of the movie, and a minor one in her servant Diaval, who, for all his undying loyalty to her, is a genuinely kind man(/raven) and has no qualms in calling her out on her cruel behavior.
* Minilla, or Minya, is this for ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' in the Showa series. And especially in ''Final Wars'', when [[spoiler: Godzilla ultimately decides to spare the humans simply because Minilla asked him to.]]
* ''Film/TheHungerGames'': Prim, for Katniss and Buttercup; she is one of few people they show any kindness to.



* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' Oreg acts as one of those. There is a brief moment where Ward considers to help some nobles re-capture a slave that fled to his lands. Then he remembers Oreg's suffering, and decides that slavery is wrong, period, and he will face all the difficulties this decision entails. Having another "human" being completely at his mercy (Oreg is magically bound to him and he can't change that) helps Ward to be a better man than he might otherwise be - he could not bear the thought that his slave fears him.
* In ''Literature/DragonBlood'', it is Ward himself who becomes a morality pet, to [[spoiler: Oreg, who is not as dead as originally assumed.]] As a very decent character, Ward makes for a good morality pet; his allies, while none of them is evil, are somewhat less concerned with justice than he is, and more concerned with his safety.
* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Duumvirate}}''. Luke is Paul's '''Immorality''' Pet, there to let him know that brutality, murder, and full-scale genocide are perfectly all right.
* In the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' novels, the ambitious young wizard Raistlin Majere (who goes from TallDarkAndSnarky party member and EnsembleDarkHorse to full-on AGodAmI BigBad between series...) has an early PetTheDog moment with the downtrodden gully-dwarf Bupu, whom he unfailingly treats with kindness despite the cruelty and ridicule [[FantasticRacism her race is treated with]] on general principle. She becomes symbolic of his last ties to humanity and shows up several more times in his life, including [[spoiler: a heartbreaking postmortem appearance in Raistlin's doomed, ash-choked future world.]]

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* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' Oreg acts ''BlackCompany'' series Darling seems to work as one of those. There is a brief moment where Ward considers to help some nobles re-capture a slave this for Raven, but as the time goes on it's clear that fled to his lands. Then he remembers Oreg's suffering, and decides that slavery is wrong, period, and he will face by focusing all the difficulties this decision entails. Having another "human" being completely at his mercy (Oreg is magically bound to that's good in him and on her, he can't change that) helps Ward to be a better man than he might otherwise be - he could not bear the thought that his slave fears him.
* In ''Literature/DragonBlood'', it is Ward himself who
becomes a even worse for everybody else, up to the point of [[MoralEventHorizon doing things]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards even other members of Company finds despicable]] [[PapaWolf to protect her]]. Later Croaker starts suspecting that [[EvilOverlord Lady]] wants to make him her own morality pet, to [[spoiler: Oreg, who is not ensure she won't end up as dead as originally assumed.]] As a very decent character, Ward makes Dominator and outright tells her [[SarcasmMode how well]] it worked for a good morality pet; his allies, while none of them is evil, are somewhat less concerned with justice than he is, and more concerned with his safety.
* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Duumvirate}}''. Luke is Paul's '''Immorality''' Pet, there to let him know that brutality, murder, and full-scale genocide are perfectly all right.
* In the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' novels, the ambitious young wizard Raistlin Majere (who goes from TallDarkAndSnarky party member and EnsembleDarkHorse to full-on AGodAmI BigBad between series...) has an early PetTheDog moment with the downtrodden gully-dwarf Bupu, whom he unfailingly treats with kindness despite the cruelty and ridicule [[FantasticRacism her race is treated with]] on general principle. She becomes symbolic of his last ties to humanity and shows up several more times in his life, including [[spoiler: a heartbreaking postmortem appearance in Raistlin's doomed, ash-choked future world.]]
Raven.



* Istvan Bathory is this for Vlad Tepes in ''Literature/CountAndCountess'', although Vlad barely tolerates his presence and only acts kindly to him because he is Elizabeth's great-grandfather.
* Subverted in ''TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'', where Griboyedov tries to help out [[ButtMonkey ensign Vishnyakov]], but ultimately fails (and what's more, the reason for it might be that his superiors, on whose decision Vishnyakov's fate depended, were somewhat antagonised beforehand by Griboyedov's aggressive lobbying of one of his projects), [[spoiler: and Vishnyakov blames him for everything and commits suicide.]]



* In the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series, Diana for Caine, although their relationship does show some abusive patterns on both sides. In book four, he TookALevelInJerkass and drove her away
* In ''The [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series, the Aes Sedai Cadsuane attempts to use Tam al'Thor as one to make his son, [[TheChosenOne Rand al'Thor]], remember his youth and humanity. [[FromBadToWorse After some]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone tense confrontations,]] it eventually works.

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* In ''Literature/DragonBlood'', it is Ward himself who becomes a morality pet, to [[spoiler: Oreg, who is not as dead as originally assumed.]] As a very decent character, Ward makes for a good morality pet; his allies, while none of them is evil, are somewhat less concerned with justice than he is, and more concerned with his safety.
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'' Oreg acts as one of those. There is a brief moment where Ward considers to help some nobles re-capture a slave that fled to his lands. Then he remembers Oreg's suffering, and decides that slavery is wrong, period, and he will face all the difficulties this decision entails. Having another "human" being completely at his mercy (Oreg is magically bound to him and he can't change that) helps Ward to be a better man than he might otherwise be - he could not bear the thought that his slave fears him.
* In the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series, Diana for Caine, although their relationship does show some abusive patterns on both sides. In book four, he TookALevelInJerkass ''{{Dragonlance}}'' novels, the ambitious young wizard Raistlin Majere (who goes from TallDarkAndSnarky party member and drove EnsembleDarkHorse to full-on AGodAmI BigBad between series...) has an early PetTheDog moment with the downtrodden gully-dwarf Bupu, whom he unfailingly treats with kindness despite the cruelty and ridicule [[FantasticRacism her away
* In ''The [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel
race is treated with]] on general principle. She becomes symbolic of Time]]'' series, the Aes Sedai Cadsuane attempts to use Tam al'Thor as one to make his son, [[TheChosenOne Rand al'Thor]], remember last ties to humanity and shows up several more times in his youth life, including [[spoiler: a heartbreaking postmortem appearance in Raistlin's doomed, ash-choked future world.]]
* Inverted in ''Literature/{{Duumvirate}}''. Luke is Paul's '''Immorality''' Pet, there to let him know that brutality, murder,
and humanity. [[FromBadToWorse After some]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone tense confrontations,]] it eventually works.full-scale genocide are perfectly all right.



* In DeanKoontz' ''Frankenstein'' series, Mr. Lyss is humanized by the time he spends with Nummy, who he admits is the only person he's ever met that he doesn't hate. [[spoiler:At the end he visits the grave of the grandmother who raised Nummy, whom Lyss had never met, and thanks her for the greatest gift he's ever received.]]
* In the ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' series, Diana for Caine, although their relationship does show some abusive patterns on both sides. In book four, he TookALevelInJerkass and drove her away.



* In ''The Vampire Tapestry'' by Suzy [=McKee=] Charnas, psychologist Floria Landauer functions as this for the vampire, Weyland, in that he reveals himself honestly to her, will not harm her, and even, for her sake, refrains from killing one of her clients who is harassing him.
* Numerous examples from ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Brienne for Jaime Lannister. After his HeelFaceTurn, Jaime actually pretty much gathers up a Morality Menagerie - Pia, his squires, [[BigBrotherInstinct Tyrion]], Tommen, and Myrcella all inspire feelings of devotion and affection in him.
** Tyrion in turn has Jon Snow and Bran. His early interactions with them demonstrate that he isn't such a bad guy. Later, he grabs fellow dwarf Penny.
** Both Stark sisters play this role to Sandow Clegane at different points.
** Davos is Stannis's Morality Pet. Their relationship is one of the only really likable things about Stannis.



* Mags to Finnick in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', as it also works on our heroine. Katniss immediately wanted to ally with Mags because she volunteered to the take the place of another woman, despite being elderly and having absolutely no chance of fighting off any of the younger, stronger tributes (and thus, very little value as an ally). Meanwhile, she views handsome, physically fit Finnick as one of her most dangerous enemies, and one of the most ruthless killers. Now, throw them together in the arena and Finnick tells her point-blank that he can't leave Mags and proceeds to carry her around on his back, because she's his mentor and one of the few people who genuinely likes him.
** Prim ''also'' serves to humanize Katniss.



* In one of the tie-in novels for ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', WellIntentionedExtremist Arkady sets out to attack Malfeas, encounters a little girl who's held captive by Black Spiral Dancers, and spends some time first trying to get her out of the way and then trying to protect her as she follows him. [[spoiler:She's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld and a manifestation of the White Howler totem.]]
* Subverted in ''TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'', where Griboyedov tries to help out [[ButtMonkey ensign Vishnyakov]], but ultimately fails (and what's more, the reason for it might be that his superiors, on whose decision Vishnyakov's fate depended, were somewhat antagonised beforehand by Griboyedov's aggressive lobbying of one of his projects), [[spoiler: and Vishnyakov blames him for everything and commits suicide.]]

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* Jem and Tessa, for Will in ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
* Arguably, in P.G. Wodehouse's stories, [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]] plays this role with Jeeves (even though Bertie is nominally the boss).
In the one of the tie-in novels for ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', WellIntentionedExtremist Arkady sets out to attack Malfeas, encounters a little girl who's held captive by Black Spiral Dancers, and spends some time first trying to get her out of the way and then trying to protect her as she follows him. [[spoiler:She's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld and a manifestation of the White Howler totem.]]
* Subverted in ''TheDeathOfTheVazirMukhtar'',
Jeeves novel where Griboyedov tries to help out [[ButtMonkey ensign Vishnyakov]], but ultimately fails (and what's more, Wooster does not appear, Jeeves shows no compunction about taking part in crime, and in the reason for it might be one story Jeeves narrates, he hints that he has had no reservations about serving criminal masters in the past. But while he's with the (stupid and ineffectual but lovable) Bertie, his superiors, on whose decision Vishnyakov's fate depended, were somewhat antagonised beforehand by Griboyedov's aggressive lobbying of one of his projects), awesome abilities are used for good alone.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'':
** Benji, the SupportingProtagonist, is the key to redeeming
[[spoiler: and Vishnyakov blames him for everything and commits suicide.]]Zarracka]] because he is the first person to be nice to her in years.
** Invoked by Finn. When he wants to prove that he's not evil he points to his loving wife. "She wouldn't have married me if I were evil."



* Clary for Jace in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' - [[spoiler: The reason he didn't go with Valentine through the Portal in ''City of Bones'' was because he was thinking of Clary.]]
* In the [[Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy Night Angel Trilogy]], Ulyssandra acts as a bizarre example of this for Vi, in that the only reason it counts is because Vi didn't decide to kill her immediately.



* In DeanKoontz' ''Frankenstein'' series, Mr. Lyss is humanized by the time he spends with Nummy, who he admits is the only person he's ever met that he doesn't hate. [[spoiler:At the end he visits the grave of the grandmother who raised Nummy, whom Lyss had never met, and thanks her for the greatest gift he's ever received.]]
* In ''BlackCompany'' series Darling seems to work as this for Raven, but as the time goes on it's clear that by focusing all that's good in him on her, he becomes even worse for everybody else, up to the point of [[MoralEventHorizon doing things]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards even other members of Company finds despicable]] [[PapaWolf to protect her]]. Later Croaker starts suspecting that [[EvilOverlord Lady]] wants to make him her own morality pet, to ensure she won't end up as Dominator and outright tells her [[SarcasmMode how well]] it worked for Raven.

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* In DeanKoontz' ''Frankenstein'' series, Mr. Lyss Numerous examples from ''ASongOfIceAndFire'':
** Brienne for Jaime Lannister. After his HeelFaceTurn, Jaime actually pretty much gathers up a Morality Menagerie - Pia, his squires, [[BigBrotherInstinct Tyrion]], Tommen, and Myrcella all inspire feelings of devotion and affection in him.
** Tyrion in turn has Jon Snow and Bran. His early interactions with them demonstrate that he isn't such a bad guy. Later, he grabs fellow dwarf Penny.
** Both Stark sisters play this role to Sandow Clegane at different points.
** Davos
is humanized by Stannis's Morality Pet. Their relationship is one of the only really likable things about Stannis.
* By
the time he spends of [[Literature/StarTrekTheFall Star Trek: The Fall]], Dr. Parmak is Garak's Morality Pet. He openly refers to Parmak as his conscience, and seeks his presence when wrestling with Nummy, who he admits is the only person he's ever met that he doesn't hate. [[spoiler:At the end he visits the grave of the grandmother who raised Nummy, whom Lyss had never met, and thanks her for the greatest gift he's ever received.]]
* In ''BlackCompany'' series Darling seems to work as this for Raven, but as the time goes on it's clear that by focusing all that's good in him on her, he becomes even worse for everybody else, up to the point of [[MoralEventHorizon doing things]] [[EvenEvilHasStandards even other members of Company finds despicable]] [[PapaWolf to protect her]]. Later Croaker starts suspecting that [[EvilOverlord Lady]] wants to make him her own morality pet, to ensure she won't end up as Dominator and outright tells her [[SarcasmMode how well]] it worked for Raven.
his questionable personal history.



* Istvan Bathory is this for Vlad Tepes in ''Literature/CountAndCountess'', although Vlad barely tolerates his presence and only acts kindly to him because he is Elizabeth's great-grandfather.

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* Istvan Bathory is In ''The Vampire Tapestry'' by Suzy [=McKee=] Charnas, psychologist Floria Landauer functions as this for Vlad Tepes the vampire, Weyland, in ''Literature/CountAndCountess'', although Vlad barely tolerates his presence that he reveals himself honestly to her, will not harm her, and only acts kindly to him because he even, for her sake, refrains from killing one of her clients who is Elizabeth's great-grandfather.harassing him.



* In the [[Literature/TheNightAngelTrilogy Night Angel Trilogy]], Ulyssandra acts as a bizarre example of this for Vi, in that the only reason it counts is because Vi didn't decide to kill her immediately.
* ''Literature/LegacyOfTheDragokin'':
** Benji, the SupportingProtagonist, is the key to redeeming [[spoiler: Zarracka]] because he is the first person to be nice to her in years.
** Invoked by Finn. When he wants to prove that he's not evil he points to his loving wife. "She wouldn't have married me if I were evil."
* Jem and Tessa, for Will in ''Literature/TheInfernalDevices''.
* Arguably, in P.G. Wodehouse's stories, [[Literature/JeevesAndWooster Bertie Wooster]] plays this role with Jeeves (even though Bertie is nominally the boss). In the one Jeeves novel where Wooster does not appear, Jeeves shows no compunction about taking part in crime, and in the one story Jeeves narrates, he hints that he has had no reservations about serving criminal masters in the past. But while he's with the (stupid and ineffectual but lovable) Bertie, his awesome abilities are used for good alone.
* Clary for Jace in ''Literature/TheMortalInstruments'' - [[spoiler: The reason he didn't go with Valentine through the Portal in ''City of Bones'' was because he was thinking of Clary.]]
* By the time of [[Literature/StarTrekTheFall Star Trek: The Fall]], Dr. Parmak is Garak's Morality Pet. He openly refers to Parmak as his conscience, and seeks his presence when wrestling with his questionable personal history.
* Mags to Finnick in ''Literature/TheHungerGames'', as it also works on our heroine. Katniss immediately wanted to ally with Mags because she volunteered to the take the place of another woman, despite being elderly and having absolutely no chance of fighting off any of the younger, stronger tributes (and thus, very little value as an ally). Meanwhile, she views handsome, physically fit Finnick as one of her most dangerous enemies, and one of the most ruthless killers. Now, throw them together in the arena and Finnick tells her point-blank that he can't leave Mags and proceeds to carry her around on his back, because she's his mentor and one of the few people who genuinely likes him.
** Prim ''also'' serves to humanize Katniss.


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* In one of the tie-in novels for ''TabletopGame/WerewolfTheApocalypse'', WellIntentionedExtremist Arkady sets out to attack Malfeas, encounters a little girl who's held captive by Black Spiral Dancers, and spends some time first trying to get her out of the way and then trying to protect her as she follows him. [[spoiler:She's ReallySevenHundredYearsOld and a manifestation of the White Howler totem.]]
* In ''The [[Literature/TheWheelOfTime Wheel of Time]]'' series, the Aes Sedai Cadsuane attempts to use Tam al'Thor as one to make his son, [[TheChosenOne Rand al'Thor]], remember his youth and humanity. [[FromBadToWorse After some]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone tense confrontations,]] it eventually works.
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* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Krista is this to [[{{Jerkass}} Ymir]], tempering her worst behaviors and providing her with motivation to be heroic.
** Eren and Armin have shades for this for Annie, providing her most [[DefrostingIceQueen humanizing]] character development. [[spoiler:All of this goes RIGHT out the window when they learn that she is the Female Titan]].
** [[spoiler:Reiner]] suffers a particularly horrible example of BecomingTheMask, thanks to the others being this for him. In particular, he's shown to be protective of Armin, Connie, and [[IfItsYouItsOkay Krista]].



* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Sebastian has his cat friends (and possibly Ciel himself depending on character interpretation—whether he genuinely cares about Ciel or if he wants nothing more than to eat his soul), Ciel has his household staff and Elizabeth.



* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'''s protagonist, Hei, is an extremely dark AntiHero, being a notorious assassin for TheSyndicate who's been forced to abandon most of his morals or die. However, he also has major [[BigBrotherInstinct protectiveness issues]], so if you mess with the [[{{Moe}} adorable]] EmotionlessGirl who acts as his MissionControl, you will suffer a world of hurt.



* ''Manga/KaguyaHime'': Akira initially thought Midori was this to Yui, but... not really. In vol 13, one of mafia boss Mamoru's henchmen cheerfully remarks that Kaede has become this for him, goes on to make a joke about [[HoYay how it looks from the outside]]... and promptly apologizes, worrying for his life, when [[DeathGlare Mamoru glares at him, saying absolutely nothing]].
* Hibari, Mr. "Don't crowd or [[CatchPhrase I'll bite you to death]]" from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has two literal {{Morality Pet}}s in the form of his pet bird [[HeadPet Hibird]] and his hedgehog [[CoolPet Roll]], the ''only'' two beings in the entire series he is not violent towards.
** Then there's [[NietzscheWannabe Mukuro]] whose HeelFaceTurn is coupled with the introduction of [[IllGirl Chrome]], his Spirit Medium/Vessel, who he is shown to be rather fond of to the point that she is arguably his BerserkButton.
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', Kenichi's sister Honoka is pretty much the sole reason that Tanimoto doesn't act like a total jackass.
* Yuusei, the protagonist from ''Luck Stealer'', is an assassin who will only kill criminals. This is because he wants to be a good person for the sake of his daughter.



* In ''Anime/{{Noein}}'', cute little Miho serves as JerkAss villain Atori's Morality Pet. He was initially introduced as a PsychoForHire villain but eventually gets bumped on the head and loses his memory as well as his JerkAss nature. He grew a fondness for her during this time, but after his memory (and true nature) returns and he starts being a jerk ass villain again, Miho is still able to bring back the dormant good and kindness in Atori, which eventually leads to his [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]].
* Zwei, the cold-blooded assassin in ''PhantomOfInferno'', adopts Cal, the kid sister of a dead hooker, in an attempt to protect her from his superiors. With a cute little kid tagging around behind him, he stops acting like the borderline villain he'd become and starts to ease back over into more standard AntiHero territory.
* Ex-JerkAss, now JerkWithAHeartOfGold [[AntiHero Jin Akutsu]] from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' has not one, but ''two'' Morality Pets. One is his ForgottenChildhoodFriend Takashi Kawamura, the other is cute boy Taichi Dan.
* ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'' has Yuma, who acts as this in relationship to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kyouko]] from [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica the original series.]] Given Kyouko's backstory, Yuma doesn't take long to get in her good graces as her apprentice. In the ''[[ForWantOfANail Symmetry Diamond]]'' spinoff, she acts as this to [[BigBad Oriko]] and [[TheDragon Kirika]]; ordinarily [[LonersAreFreaks social pariahs]] who [[StartOfDarkness become villains in most timelines]], they waste no time in assuming guardianship over Yuma after [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe she treats them kindly.]]
* [[TagalongKid Rana]] serves as one of these for the villainous servant Airi in ''Anime/QueensBlade''. She literally starves herself to death (but she recovers ) due to the kid's influence.



* ''Manga/RosarioPlusVampire'': Tsukune is somewhat this to Inner Moka, and tends to keep her from going too far, first seen when he defended Kurumu.



* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Kira's little brother, Maya, is his morality pet as he has a bit of a BigBrotherInstinct. Otherwise he can be pretty {{jerkass}}.



* Zwei, the cold-blooded assassin in ''PhantomOfInferno'', adopts Cal, the kid sister of a dead hooker, in an attempt to protect her from his superiors. With a cute little kid tagging around behind him, he stops acting like the borderline villain he'd become and starts to ease back over into more standard AntiHero territory.

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* Zwei, the cold-blooded assassin in ''PhantomOfInferno'', adopts Cal, the kid sister of a dead hooker, in an attempt ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}'': Ran for Ichise, to protect her from his superiors. With a cute little kid tagging around behind him, he stops acting like the borderline villain he'd become and starts to ease back over into more standard AntiHero territory.some extent.



* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' is more neutral than anti-heroic at the start, but hanging out with [[TheHeart Komatsu]] turns him into a proper hero. Komatsu ends up as the morality pet for other characters as well, including SociopathicHero Zebra and the creepy as hell Livebearer.
* Keith Anyan in ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'' has two, Sam Houston and Jonah Matsuka. Sam's interaction with Keith, particularly as the series progresses, always serves as an outlet for Keith's otherwise mostly repressed humanity; at one point Suena observes to herself that Sam is the only person Keith opens his heart to. Matsuka's relationship with Keith is a [[MindGameShip bit more tangled]], but also ultimately humanizing.



* ''Manga/VampireKnight'': Yuuki is this for Kaname.
* [[Manga/VinlandSaga Askeladd]] has a rather unusual one - the country of Wales, [[SexSlave his]] [[SonOfAWhore mother's]] homeland that he would apparently rather die than see come to harm. [[spoiler: He actually killed King Sweyn in front of his vassals to prevent him from invading.]]
* ''Anime/WolfsRain'': Toboe for Tsume.
* Mokuba Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' sometimes takes this role, making Seto Kaiba somewhat approachable. This, however, is averted in the manga, where, in the arc where Seto is actually a villain, not only does Mokuba epically fail to rein in his brother's sadistic tendencies, he is actually a willing accomplice to Seto's EvilPlan. After Seto's [[MindRape Mind Crush]], Mokuba plays this straight.
** Most ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' villains have something like this. Pegasus had his dead wife Cynthia/Cecilia, but she is more of a CynicismCatalyst. Marik had his sister Isis and his adoptive older brother Rishid/Odion, Dartz as well. Bakura has 99 metaphorical {{Cynicism Catalyst}}s, which prompted him to go on such a wild RoaringRampageOfRevenge that he made a DealWithTheDevil.
** Yami himself has Yugi and his TrueCompanions. When he briefly becomes the sole occupant of Yugi's body during a filler arc, he starts [[MoralityChain acting more ruthless]].
** In ''Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL'', Hart Tenjo is this to his big brother, Kite. So is Rio Kamishiro to her brother Ryoga (Shark).



* Ex-JerkAss, now JerkWithAHeartOfGold [[AntiHero Jin Akutsu]] from ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'' has not one, but ''two'' Morality Pets. One is his ForgottenChildhoodFriend Takashi Kawamura, the other is cute boy Taichi Dan.
* In ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'', Kenichi's sister Honoka is pretty much the sole reason that Tanimoto doesn't act like a total jackass.
* In ''Anime/{{Noein}}'', cute little Miho serves as JerkAss villain Atori's Morality Pet. He was initially introduced as a PsychoForHire villain but eventually gets bumped on the head and loses his memory as well as his JerkAss nature. He grew a fondness for her during this time, but after his memory (and true nature) returns and he starts being a jerk ass villain again, Miho is still able to bring back the dormant good and kindness in Atori, which eventually leads to his [[spoiler:HeroicSacrifice]].
* Keith Anyan in ''Manga/TowardTheTerra'' has two, Sam Houston and Jonah Matsuka. Sam's interaction with Keith, particularly as the series progresses, always serves as an outlet for Keith's otherwise mostly repressed humanity; at one point Suena observes to herself that Sam is the only person Keith opens his heart to. Matsuka's relationship with Keith is a [[MindGameShip bit more tangled]], but also ultimately humanizing.
* ''Manga/BlackButler'': Sebastian has his cat friends (and possibly Ciel himself depending on character interpretation—whether he genuinely cares about Ciel or if he wants nothing more than to eat his soul), Ciel has his household staff and Elizabeth.
* ''Anime/{{Texhnolyze}}'': Ran for Ichise, to some extent.
* ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'''s protagonist, Hei, is an extremely dark AntiHero, being a notorious assassin for TheSyndicate who's been forced to abandon most of his morals or die. However, he also has major [[BigBrotherInstinct protectiveness issues]], so if you mess with the [[{{Moe}} adorable]] EmotionlessGirl who acts as his MissionControl, you will suffer a world of hurt.
* ''Manga/KaguyaHime'': Akira initially thought Midori was this to Yui, but... not really. In vol 13, one of mafia boss Mamoru's henchmen cheerfully remarks that Kaede has become this for him, goes on to make a joke about [[HoYay how it looks from the outside]]... and promptly apologizes, worrying for his life, when [[DeathGlare Mamoru glares at him, saying absolutely nothing]].
* Yuusei, the protagonist from ''Luck Stealer'', is an assassin who will only kill criminals. This is because he wants to be a good person for the sake of his daughter.
* Hibari, Mr. "Don't crowd or [[CatchPhrase I'll bite you to death]]" from ''Manga/KatekyoHitmanReborn'' has two literal {{Morality Pet}}s in the form of his pet bird [[HeadPet Hibird]] and his hedgehog [[CoolPet Roll]], the ''only'' two beings in the entire series he is not violent towards.
** Then there's [[NietzscheWannabe Mukuro]] whose HeelFaceTurn is coupled with the introduction of [[IllGirl Chrome]], his Spirit Medium/Vessel, who he is shown to be rather fond of to the point that she is arguably his BerserkButton.
* ''Manga/VampireKnight'': Yuuki is this for Kaname.
* ''Anime/WolfsRain'': Toboe for Tsume.
* [[TagalongKid Rana]] serves as one of these for the villainous servant Airi in ''Anime/QueensBlade''. She literally starves herself to death (but she recovers ) due to the kid's influence.
* ''Manga/RosarioPlusVampire'': Tsukune is somewhat this to Inner Moka, and tends to keep her from going too far, first seen when he defended Kurumu.
* In ''AudioPlay/SaintBeast'', Kira's little brother, Maya, is his morality pet as he has a bit of a BigBrotherInstinct. Otherwise he can be pretty {{jerkass}}.
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'' is more neutral than anti-heroic at the start, but hanging out with [[TheHeart Komatsu]] turns him into a proper hero. Komatsu ends up as the morality pet for other characters as well, including SociopathicHero Zebra and the creepy as hell Livebearer.
* ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'':
** Krista is this to [[{{Jerkass}} Ymir]], tempering her worst behaviors and providing her with motivation to be heroic.
** Eren and Armin have shades for this for Annie, providing her most [[DefrostingIceQueen humanizing]] character development. [[spoiler:All of this goes RIGHT out the window when they learn that she is the Female Titan]].
** [[spoiler:Reiner]] suffers a particularly horrible example of BecomingTheMask, thanks to the others being this for him. In particular, he's shown to be protective of Armin, Connie, and [[IfItsYouItsOkay Krista]].
* ''Manga/PuellaMagiOrikoMagica'' has Yuma, who acts as this in relationship to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kyouko]] from [[Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica the original series.]] Given Kyouko's backstory, Yuma doesn't take long to get in her good graces as her apprentice. In the ''[[ForWantOfANail Symmetry Diamond]]'' spinoff, she acts as this to [[BigBad Oriko]] and [[TheDragon Kirika]]; ordinarily [[LonersAreFreaks social pariahs]] who [[StartOfDarkness become villains in most timelines]], they waste no time in assuming guardianship over Yuma after [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe she treats them kindly.]]
* [[Manga/VinlandSaga Askeladd]] has a rather unusual one - the country of Wales, [[SexSlave his]] [[SonOfAWhore mother's]] homeland that he would apparently rather die than see come to harm. [[spoiler: He actually killed King Sweyn in front of his vassals to prevent him from invading.]]
* Mokuba Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' sometimes takes this role, making Seto Kaiba somewhat approachable. This, however, is averted in the manga, where, in the arc where Seto is actually a villain, not only does Mokuba epically fail to rein in his brother's sadistic tendencies, he is actually a willing accomplice to Seto's EvilPlan. After Seto's [[MindRape Mind Crush]], Mokuba plays this straight.
** Most ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' villains have something like this. Pegasus had his dead wife Cynthia/Cecilia, but she is more of a CynicismCatalyst. Marik had his sister Isis and his adoptive older brother Rishid/Odion, Dartz as well. Bakura has 99 metaphorical {{Cynicism Catalyst}}s, which prompted him to go on such a wild RoaringRampageOfRevenge that he made a DealWithTheDevil.
** Yami himself has Yugi and his TrueCompanions. When he briefly becomes the sole occupant of Yugi's body during a filler arc, he starts [[MoralityChain acting more ruthless]].
** In ''Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL'', Hart Tenjo is this to his big brother, Kite. So is Rio Kamishiro to her brother Ryoga (Shark).



* Alexander, the son of ComicBook/{{Ares}}, serves as this to the Greek god of war in the MarvelUniverse. To the point of being driving factor in his HeelFaceTurn.



** Subverted: Harley Quinn, TheJoker's sidekick, is just as insane as he is.
*** Harley has her Hyenas too.
*** The easiest way of making the Joker look like a complete and utter bastard is for him to betray Harley. Harley does have [[EvenEvilHasStandards a stopping point]] when the Joker gets too out of control. Her betrayal of him is much more forgiven than his betrayals of her (which tend to be very violent).
*** She has also acted as one to Poison Ivy. Whether or not Harley is around often determines whether Ivy is a WellIntentionedExtremist serial killer, or merely Harley's snarky and more level-headed CoolBigSis. ''No Man's Land'' also gave Ivy over a dozen morality pets in the form of a group of orphans she takes in and cares for in the quake ravaged city. When she surrenders to the police rather than let one of them die, even Batman admits that despite her claims to the contrary, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Ivy is still a human being at heart]].
* ComicBook/BlackCanary [[InvokedTrope invokes]] the trope in ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey''. As she and [[DarkActionGirl Lady Shiva]] [[OddFriendship begin to become friends]] she hopes that she can turn Shiva away from her violent and bloody lifestyle, and deliberately works with her in order to give her regular human contact and friendship. Shiva, however, recognizes that Canary is working to reform her, [[InvertedTrope and lets Canary get into her life and see what she is really like to get her to]] ''[[InvertedTrope stop]]''.
* In Ed Brubaker's ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' run, he introduced villain Aleksander Lukin, whose defining trait was that he was very AffablyEvil. Lukin's friend Leon would always call him out on anything he did that came off as irrational, distasteful or just losing his cool, which both did not know was because the Red Skull had kinda possessed Lukin and affected his personality. While Lukin already hated what the Red Skull had done to his personality beforehand (yelling at his secretary set off some alarms), after he attacks Leon in a blind rage, he realises how far he's fallen.
* It didn't last long, and she didn't make him turn good or consider turning good, but the appearance of Loki's mortal daughter Tess Black in the Spider-Man comic "The Coming of Chaos" made the God of Mischief look less like a MagnificentBastard.
** It can be argued that for the third Loki this part is played by Thor, [[Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Verity Willis]], and after a while the whole superhero team ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers''... unfortunately for them Loki's affections can take very unfortunate forms (like their subconsciousness playing supervillain in the form of their [[WomanScorned exes]]).
* ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} and ComicBook/JeanGrey served as each other's Morality Pets before their relationship went south. She helps him to live life and not brood so much, he helps her to calm down and balance the Phoenix's power with her humanity. Once she dies, the gap between Scott and his teammates widens, as she's isn't there to mediate between them anymore.
* In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis,'' [[MadScientist Dr. Sivana]] wound up betraying [[GodOfEvil Darkseid]] after watching one of his daughters be enslaved by the Anti-Life Equation.
* Deconstructed in Hunter Rose's relationship with his adopted daughter Stacey Palumbo in ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}''. He undoubtedly does have good intentions towards her (although there are some faint squicky implications of WifeHusbandry), but he's too basically sociopathic to understand what a child needs, and treats her as a pretty trophy at adult parties rather than giving her a normal child's social life. When she finds out that he's really the supervillain Grendel, she arranges his death in revulsion, and the after-effects of her relationship with him completely blight her adult life.
* Todd "Squee" Casil is the involuntary morality pet of ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', who sneaks into his house for medical supplies and once saved Squee from a pedophile. While Squee is scared shitless of Johnny (calling him the "scary neighbor man"), Johnny tends to see himself as something of father figure to Squee, dispensing [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop aesops]] because he doesn't want Squee to end up like he did.
* In ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Mastermen #1]]'', Overman's cousin Overgirl is pretty much the one person he has a clear, emotional connection towards. He cares for her deeply and her death just multiplied the guilt he was already feeling.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** J. Jonah Jameson from is more of a cranky, cigar-chomping foil than a villain [[CharacterizationMarchesOn (these days)]], but Robbie Robertson acts pretty well as his conscience, and you can count on seeing his softer side whenever his astronaut son John shows up.
** Harry Osborn was occasionally this toward his father Norman (aka the Green Goblin); in one storyline, Spiderman defeated the Goblin by showing him his son in the hospital after a drug overdose.
* In James Robinson's ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'', The Shade (already ret-conned from villain to just plain AntiHero) has a certain respect for Jack "Starman" Knight and falls in love with police officer Hope O'Dare. His true Morality Pet, though, is his home, Opal City; it is mainly because of his vow never to commit crimes in Opal City that he is able to make friends with the local law enforcement.
* In the IDW ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comic, Sixshot is a war machine who doesn't think twice when instructed to wipe out entire civilizations, and was a prime candidate for membership with the planet-euthanizing Reapers. But there's nothing in this universe that would make him hurt his buddies/fan club the Terrorcons.
** On a similar note Runamuck and Runabout are two thugs, basically only in the Decepticon army because they get to carry a gun and cause some damage. But if you hurt one in front of the other you're gonna be in trouble.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Seconds}}'', Katie's growing friendship with Hazel is what ultimately helps mentally bring her back to reality and to understand exactly why screwing around with space-time is a bad idea.
* In ''ComicBook/SweetTooth'', Jepperd's relationship with Gus is what causes him to move past his grief and gives him a reason to keep living.
* In ''UsagiYojimbo'', [[AxCrazy Jei]] has [[CheerfulChild Keiko]]. Whom he calls his innocent, and she calls Uncle.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', after his HeelFaceTurn, the Pygmy chief acts like this to [[spoiler: the doctor]], at his own request, smacking him each time he feels greedy, reminding him of the second chance Violine gave him.



* ComicBook/JeanGrey and ComicBook/{{Cyclops}} served as each other's Morality Pets before their relationship went south. She helps him to live life and not brood so much, he helps her to calm down and balance the Phoenix's power with her humanity. Once she dies, the gap between Scott and his teammates widens, as she's isn't there to mediate between them anymore.
* Subverted: Harley Quinn, TheJoker's sidekick, is just as insane as he is.
** Harley has her Hyenas too.
** The easiest way of making the Joker look like a complete and utter bastard is for him to betray Harley. Harley does have [[EvenEvilHasStandards a stopping point]] when the Joker gets too out of control. Her betrayal of him is much more forgiven than his betrayals of her (which tend to be very violent).
** She has also acted as one to Poison Ivy. Whether or not Harley is around often determines whether Ivy is a WellIntentionedExtremist serial killer, or merely Harley's snarky and more level-headed CoolBigSis. ''No Man's Land'' also gave Ivy over a dozen morality pets in the form of a group of orphans she takes in and cares for in the quake ravaged city. When she surrenders to the police rather than let one of them die, even Batman admits that despite her claims to the contrary, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming Ivy is still a human being at heart]].
* In James Robinson's ''Comicbook/{{Starman}}'', The Shade (already ret-conned from villain to just plain AntiHero) has a certain respect for Jack "Starman" Knight and falls in love with police officer Hope O'Dare. His true Morality Pet, though, is his home, Opal City; it is mainly because of his vow never to commit crimes in Opal City that he is able to make friends with the local law enforcement.
* In the IDW ''[[ComicBook/TheTransformersIDW Transformers]]'' comic, Sixshot is a war machine who doesn't think twice when instructed to wipe out entire civilizations, and was a prime candidate for membership with the planet-euthanizing Reapers. But there's nothing in this universe that would make him hurt his buddies/fan club the Terrorcons.
** On a similar note Runamuck and Runabout are two thugs, basically only in the Decepticon army because they get to carry a gun and cause some damage. But if you hurt one in front of the other you're gonna be in trouble.
* ''ComicBook/SpiderMan'':
** J. Jonah Jameson from is more of a cranky, cigar-chomping foil than a villain [[CharacterizationMarchesOn (these days)]], but Robbie Robertson acts pretty well as his conscience, and you can count on seeing his softer side whenever his astronaut son John shows up.
** Harry Osborn was occasionally this toward his father Norman (aka the Green Goblin); in one storyline, Spiderman defeated the Goblin by showing him his son in the hospital after a drug overdose.
* Todd "Squee" Casil is the involuntary morality pet of ''ComicBook/JohnnyTheHomicidalManiac'', who sneaks into his house for medical supplies and once saved Squee from a pedophile. While Squee is scared shitless of Johnny (calling him the "scary neighbor man"), Johnny tends to see himself as something of father figure to Squee, dispensing [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop aesops]] because he doesn't want Squee to end up like he did.
* In ''UsagiYojimbo'', [[AxCrazy Jei]] has [[CheerfulChild Keiko]]. Whom he calls his innocent, and she calls Uncle.
* Alexander, the son of ComicBook/{{Ares}}, serves as this to the Greek god of war in the MarvelUniverse. To the point of being driving factor in his HeelFaceTurn.
* ComicBook/BlackCanary [[InvokedTrope invokes]] the trope in ''ComicBook/BirdsOfPrey''. As she and [[DarkActionGirl Lady Shiva]] [[OddFriendship begin to become friends]] she hopes that she can turn Shiva away from her violent and bloody lifestyle, and deliberately works with her in order to give her regular human contact and friendship. Shiva, however, recognizes that Canary is working to reform her, [[InvertedTrope and lets Canary get into her life and see what she is really like to get her to]] ''[[InvertedTrope stop]]''.
* In ''ComicBook/FinalCrisis,'' [[MadScientist Dr. Sivana]] wound up betraying [[GodOfEvil Darkseid]] after watching one of his daughters be enslaved by the Anti-Life Equation.
* It didn't last long, and she didn't make him turn good or consider turning good, but the appearance of Loki's mortal daughter Tess Black in the Spider-Man comic "The Coming of Chaos" made the God of Mischief look less like a MagnificentBastard.
** It can be argued that for the third Loki this part is played by Thor, [[Comicbook/LokiAgentOfAsgard Verity Willis]], and after a while the whole superhero team ''Comicbook/YoungAvengers''... unfortunately for them Loki's affections can take very unfortunate forms (like their subconsciousness playing supervillain in the form of their [[WomanScorned exes]]).
* Deconstructed in Hunter Rose's relationship with his adopted daughter Stacey Palumbo in ''ComicBook/{{Grendel}}''. He undoubtedly does have good intentions towards her (although there are some faint squicky implications of WifeHusbandry), but he's too basically sociopathic to understand what a child needs, and treats her as a pretty trophy at adult parties rather than giving her a normal child's social life. When she finds out that he's really the supervillain Grendel, she arranges his death in revulsion, and the after-effects of her relationship with him completely blight her adult life.
* In ''[[ComicBook/TheMultiversity Mastermen #1]]'', Overman's cousin Overgirl is pretty much the one person he has a clear, emotional connection towards. He cares for her deeply and her death just multiplied the guilt he was already feeling.
* In Ed Brubaker's ''ComicBook/CaptainAmerica'' run, he introduced villain Aleksander Lukin, whose defining trait was that he was very AffablyEvil. Lukin's friend Leon would always call him out on anything he did that came off as irrational, distasteful or just losing his cool, which both did not know was because the Red Skull had kinda possessed Lukin and affected his personality. While Lukin already hated what the Red Skull had done to his personality beforehand (yelling at his secretary set off some alarms), after he attacks Leon in a blind rage, he realises how far he's fallen.
* In ''ComicBook/{{Seconds}}'', Katie's growing friendship with Hazel is what ultimately helps mentally bring her back to reality and to understand exactly why screwing around with space-time is a bad idea.
* In ''{{ComicBook/Violine}}'', after his HeelFaceTurn, the Pygmy chief acts like this to [[spoiler: the doctor]], at his own request, smacking him each time he feels greedy, reminding him of the second chance Violine gave him.
* In ''ComicBook/SweetTooth'', Jepperd's relationship with Gus is what causes him to move past his grief and gives him a reason to keep living.
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* In ''Manga/GetBackers'' Makubex first appears as a BigBad and manages to keep his cool down most of the time. When Sakura Kakei, a woman close to him, almost dies in combat Makubex hates himself for what happened.
* ''Manga/ReimeiNoArcana'': Nakaba is one for both Loki and Caesar. Vernas' younger sister Lemilia is one for Vernas.
* ''Manga/NabariNoOu'': If it weren't for Gau, Raikou would basically be a villain.

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* ''Manga/AiOreLoveMe'': Mizuki tends to bring out the heart of gold in [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Akira]].
* In ''Manga/GetBackers'' Makubex first appears as ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', Switzerland is a BigBad gun-toting Gunslinger JerkAss. But when he's with his adoptive sister [[TokenMiniMoe Liechtenstein]], a completely different side of him emerges.
** [[TheLoad Italy]] is this for [[JerkAss Germany.]]
* Subversion: Lua Klein from LightNovel/{{Baccano}} is a quiet, gentle WomanInWhite who seems like a perfect foil for her [[LargeHam extremely enthusiastic]] PsychoForHire squeeze Ladd Russo. However, she's really a suicidal masochist who seems to privately thrill at the idea of being murdered by Ladd,
and manages Ladd's calm, sincere promises to keep kill her someday only emphasize his cool down most of craziness.
** However, it's played more straight when Ladd's arguably [[PetTheDog only redeeming act]] in
the time. When Sakura Kakei, a woman close entire show is to him, almost dies in combat Makubex hates [[spoiler: throw himself off a moving train to ''save'' Lua, sacrificing his arm in the process.]]
* Casca and Puck act as this
for what happened.
* ''Manga/ReimeiNoArcana'': Nakaba
Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' following the events of the Eclipse that shattered Casca's mind. Guts's concern for Casca's welfare in particular, and his need to protect her from the same demons that constantly hunt him due to her having the same Brand of Sacrifice that Guts has is about the only thing that keeps him from becoming completely consumed by his hatred for Griffith and the Godhand.
** Collectively speaking, all of Guts' current TrueCompanions act as his voice of reason.
** Also, [[DarkMagicalGirl the Apostle Rosine]] had [[NaiveEverygirl Jill]], her best friend from the time she was a human girl [[BreakTheCutie and things still]] [[DespairEventHorizon had not gone]] [[FromBadToWorse pitch black for her]].
** Another Apostle, the Count, had a daughter named Theresia, the only thing that remained of the family he had before he became an Apostle. While he still was very evil, his reactions to her show that he was quite more than a mere monster. [[spoiler:When the Count lost against Guts, summoned the Godhand with his Behelit, and was told by Femto to sacrifice Theresia so he could be reborn or be condemned to Hell, he chose Hell over handing poor Theresia over.]]
** In a tragic aversion Casca and the band of the hawk were almost this for Griffith/Femto. First, [[spoiler:when Griffith is permanently crippled and right at the breaking point to use the behelit he stops and considers the peaceful life he could have with Casca and calms down, her being the
one thing that could make him give up on his ambition, but then when he overhears Casca planning to run away with Gutts it pushes him right off the edge. And then after becoming Femto when he returns to the physical world, he visits the memorial for both Loki the band of hawks and Caesar. Vernas' younger sister Lemilia sees Casca just to prove to himself that he doesn't have a morality pet.]]
* The fact that she ''doesn't'' treat WideEyedIdealist Rock as badly as she does almost everyone else
is probably one for Vernas.
* ''Manga/NabariNoOu'': If it weren't for Gau, Raikou would basically
of the few humanizing features that Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' possesses. Come to that, Rock has much the same effect on a large percentage of the assorted [[PsychoForHire sadistic psychopaths]], {{magnificent bastard}}s and heroic sociopaths that make up the cast. Being actually ''mean'' to him (in a non-humorous way) is a good way to [[KickTheDog show that the character in question is scum]] -- [[EvenEvilHasStandards even by their standards]].
** Also [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in that the CrapsackWorld and '''multiple''' cases of ShootTheShaggyDog are finally beginning to [[BreakTheCutie take their toll on Rock's psyche]], and Revy seems to
be in denial about the fact that her Morality Pet might not be so moral anymore.
** Garcia Lovelace is [[RetiredBadass Roberta's]] Morality Pet. Around him she acts like
a villain.nice {{Meido}}. When he's not around her, [[ImplacableMan she tends to go crazy.]] .
*** This may have something to do with threatening Garcia being her BerserkButton as well, however.



* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Rin's humanizing (so to speak) effect on Sesshoumaru. Her introduction was the start of his shift from ''Villain'' to ''NominalHero'' and finally to full on ''AloofAlly''.
** Kohaku became like this for Kagura. Especially notable because later, she ends up [[spoiler:dying for him.]]
* One of ''Manga/RozenMaiden'''s Mediums, the IllGirl Megu Kakizaki, is paired up with the villainess from the first season, Suigintou. Megu's [[HeroicSelfDeprecation own self hatred]] forces Suigintou [[CharacterDevelopment to recognize her own, and to value another person]].
* Mokuba Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' sometimes takes this role, making Seto Kaiba somewhat approachable. This, however, is averted in the manga, where, in the arc where Seto is actually a villain, not only does Mokuba epically fail to rein in his brother's sadistic tendencies, he is actually a willing accomplice to Seto's EvilPlan. After Seto's [[MindRape Mind Crush]], Mokuba plays this straight.
** Most ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' villains have something like this. Pegasus had his dead wife Cynthia/Cecilia, but she is more of a CynicismCatalyst. Marik had his sister Isis and his adoptive older brother Rishid/Odion, Dartz as well. Bakura has 99 metaphorical {{Cynicism Catalyst}}s, which prompted him to go on such a wild RoaringRampageOfRevenge that he made a DealWithTheDevil.
** Yami himself has Yugi and his TrueCompanions. When he briefly becomes the sole occupant of Yugi's body during a filler arc, he starts [[MoralityChain acting more ruthless]].
** In ''Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL'', Hart Tenjo is this to his big brother, Kite. So is Rio Kamishiro to her brother Ryoga (Shark).
* Haku from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' for Zabuza.
** Kimimaro for Juugo.
** And Yukimaru is this for Guren in the Three-Tails Arc.
** Izuna was his brother Madara's entire ''world''. [[spoiler:Madara is the man he is today because of Izuna's death.]]
** Believe it or not Itachi is this for his partner Kisame, while Kisame gets his kicks out of violence Itachi prefers to get through without having to fight, most notably during the Search for Tsunade arc.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the terrorist Scar obtains May Chang, an [[TokenMiniMoe adorable little munchkin girl]] who is an active practitioner of a form of alchemy, the very art he despises.
** [[CutenessProximity He seems to have a thing for cuteness]], judging not only from May, but also [[PandaingToTheAudience her little pet panda]], and [[CuteKitten a certain]] {{Omake}} chapter (which might or might not count).
** [[spoiler:Mrs. Bradley]] serves as a Morality Pet for both [[spoiler:Wrath and Pride]]. Fitting, considering [[spoiler:they're pretending to be her husband and son, respectively.]]
** Hawkeye is this to Mustang, whenever he gets a little bit too [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge caught up in]] [[AFatherToHisMen avenging his subordinates]].
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist first anime]] Bradley's pet was his son, Selim. Until he appeared he gave off an ambigious air after [[spoiler:how easily he killed Marta and his reveal as being an homunculus.]] Selim showed off he had a nice side too. [[spoiler:Or really how great he is with facades. He ends up [[WouldHurtAChild killing]] his Morality Pet before he himself dies]]
* Wormmon to his partner Ken Ichijouji from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', after Ken's repentance. (Unlike the standard depiction of this trope, when Ken was ''evil,'' Wormmon was basically the dog, as in "[[KickTheDog kick the]].")
** Not to mention Gatomon with a Morality Pet Wizardmon in the original.
*** And Gatomon's eventual partner replaced that wizard [[spoiler: when the poor wizard kicked the bucket]]. Kari being a Morality Pet to something normally considered a pet?
** Kari reached morality pet status before that. The assignment was to ''kill'' the kid, but when the time came, she just couldn't.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', Hayate acts as a morality pet to the Wolkenritter, especially Vita, who was rather hostile to everyone before Hayate appeared, and Signum, who was extremely serious and emotionless about her "job". In a tragic subversion, she's also the entire reason that they're the [[AntiVillain antagonists]] that season since they're trying to save her life.
** All of the Numbers except Due (who she never met) and [[FourEyesZeroSoul Quattro]] had a soft spot for [[DarkMagicalGirl Lutecia]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''.

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* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Rin's humanizing (so to speak) effect on Sesshoumaru. Her introduction was
This trope is one of the start of his shift from ''Villain'' very, very, VERY few things to ''NominalHero'' and finally to full on ''AloofAlly''.
** Kohaku became like this for Kagura. Especially notable because later, she ends up [[spoiler:dying for him.]]
* One of ''Manga/RozenMaiden'''s Mediums, the IllGirl Megu Kakizaki, is paired up with the villainess from the first season, Suigintou. Megu's [[HeroicSelfDeprecation own self hatred]] forces Suigintou [[CharacterDevelopment to recognize her own, and to value another person]].
* Mokuba Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' sometimes takes this role, making Seto Kaiba somewhat approachable. This, however, is averted
be played straight in the manga, where, in the arc Manga/BoboboboBobobo, where Seto is actually a villain, not only does Mokuba epically fail to rein in his brother's sadistic tendencies, he is actually a willing accomplice to Seto's EvilPlan. After Seto's [[MindRape Mind Crush]], Mokuba plays this straight.
** Most ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' villains have something like this. Pegasus had his dead wife Cynthia/Cecilia, but she is more of a CynicismCatalyst. Marik had his sister Isis and his adoptive older brother Rishid/Odion, Dartz as well. Bakura has 99 metaphorical {{Cynicism Catalyst}}s, which prompted him to go on such a wild RoaringRampageOfRevenge that he made a DealWithTheDevil.
** Yami himself has Yugi and his TrueCompanions. When he briefly becomes the sole occupant of Yugi's body during a filler arc, he starts [[MoralityChain acting more ruthless]].
** In ''Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL'', Hart Tenjo
Beauty is this to his big brother, Kite. So is Rio Kamishiro to her brother Ryoga (Shark).
the title character.
* Haku from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' for Zabuza.
** Kimimaro for Juugo.
** And Yukimaru is
In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' [[spoiler:Last Order]] acts this way for Guren in the Three-Tails Arc.
** Izuna was his brother Madara's entire ''world''. [[spoiler:Madara is the man he is today because of Izuna's death.]]
** Believe it or not Itachi is
[[spoiler:Accelerator]] who up to this for point seemed like a mass murdering psychopath. Fairly credible job deconstructing his partner Kisame, while Kisame gets his kicks out of violence Itachi prefers to get motives too. Though he's ''still'' a huge asshole if he doesn't like you. Then there was that one time he rescued a woman through without having to fight, the most notably during violent means he could think of (slaughtering her captors to the Search for Tsunade arc.
last man).
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the terrorist Scar obtains May Chang, an [[TokenMiniMoe adorable little munchkin girl]] who is an active practitioner of a form of alchemy, the very art he despises.
** [[CutenessProximity He seems to have a thing for cuteness]], judging not only from May, but also [[PandaingToTheAudience her little pet panda]], and [[CuteKitten a certain]] {{Omake}} chapter (which might or might not count).
** [[spoiler:Mrs. Bradley]] serves as a Morality Pet for both [[spoiler:Wrath and Pride]]. Fitting, considering [[spoiler:they're pretending to be her husband and son, respectively.]]
** Hawkeye is
[[NonActionGuy Raki]] fills this to Mustang, whenever he gets a little bit too [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge caught up in]] [[AFatherToHisMen avenging his subordinates]].
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist first anime]] Bradley's pet was his son, Selim. Until he appeared he gave off an ambigious air after [[spoiler:how easily he killed Marta and his reveal as being an homunculus.]] Selim showed off he had a nice side too. [[spoiler:Or really how great he is with facades. He ends up [[WouldHurtAChild killing]] his Morality Pet before he himself dies]]
* Wormmon to his partner Ken Ichijouji from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', after Ken's repentance. (Unlike the standard depiction of
role for [[EmotionlessGirl Clare]] in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''. Of course this trope, when Ken trope was ''evil,'' Wormmon was basically the dog, as in "[[KickTheDog kick the]].")
** Not to mention Gatomon with a Morality Pet Wizardmon
even more pronounced in the original.
*** And Gatomon's eventual partner replaced that wizard [[spoiler:
flashback arc when [[TheWoobie Clare herself]] helped the poor wizard kicked the bucket]]. Kari being a Morality Pet to something normally considered a pet?
** Kari reached morality pet status before that. The assignment was to ''kill'' the kid, but when the time came, she just couldn't.
* In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', Hayate acts as a morality pet to the Wolkenritter, especially Vita, who was rather hostile to everyone before Hayate appeared, and Signum, who was extremely serious and emotionless about her "job". In a tragic subversion, she's also the entire reason that they're the [[AntiVillain antagonists]] that season since they're trying to save her life.
** All
legendary [[BadAss Theresa of the Numbers except Due (who she never met) and [[FourEyesZeroSoul Quattro]] had a soft spot for [[DarkMagicalGirl Lutecia]] in ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''. Faint Smile]] reconnect with her own humanity.



* Downplayed with Ralph in ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'' is kind to the living Emily and protects her from the rest of the Deague, but [[spoiler:when he throws a coup on the ship and kills everyone but Emily and Medlock, it's clear that even that won't save him. He's insane, and if he's allowed to live, he'll turn on Emily just like his real little sister, Sara. He does find a [[RedemptionEqualsDeath glimmer of sanity]] near the end, though.]]

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* Downplayed with Ralph Yanagin in ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'' ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' is kind to the living Emily and protects her from the rest a strange example as she ''made herself'' [[spoiler:Habara]]'s morality pet. Eight years ago, she was part of the Deague, but [[spoiler:when he throws a coup on ten-kid alliance that challenged [[spoiler:Habara]], who at the ship time was an EnfantTerrible-level TheBully who terrorized ''every'' boy in town--and barely made a draw. She then started to hang out with the person she just fought with, keeping an eye on her in case she relapses back. This turns out to be a good thing as the latter [[ReformedButRejected still has social acceptance issues up to this day]].
* ''Anime/DanceWithDevils'' has the main protagonist, Ritsuka Tachibana, becoming this to her school's student council members...who are manipulative devils with negative character traits. Thanks to her influence they show their more softer
and kills everyone but Emily and Medlock, caring personalities, effectively transforming from straight-up {{jerkass}}es to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerks with hearts of gold.]]
* Inverted twice in ''Manga/DeathNote'', which has what could be called an 'immorality pet'. At first, Light (and the reader) believe that Ryuk, whose spare Death Note leads Light to become a WellIntentionedExtremist MagnificentBastard, is his immorality pet. However,
it's clear that even that won't save him. He's insane, actually Light who is Ryuk's immorality pet, providing him with some interesting [[ForTheEvulz sick entertainment]], and if he's allowed to live, he'll turn on Emily just like when Light no longer becomes interesting, [[spoiler:Ryuk kills him.]]
** Kind of played straight with Light's affection for
his real little sister, Sara. sister Sayu and Mello's reaction to [[spoiler:Matt's death]], though.
*** That may have been true for pre-timeskip Light, but post timeskip, there's not much evidence that Light feels any kind of affection for his family, [[TheSociopath or anyone for that matter.]] To prevent his plans from being ruined, [[spoiler:he attempts to kill her after she is abducted]], but doesn't only because it wouldn't make sense for Kira to do that.
He does find a [[RedemptionEqualsDeath glimmer of sanity]] also shows no reaction at all to her [[spoiler: near catatonic state following the end, though.]]abduction]], meaning that Light likely sees Sayu as nothing more that another person he could potentially use to further his own goals, much like all the people he interacts with.
* In the later chapters of the manga version of ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'', [[IllGirl Ukyou]] [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Sakuraiji]] is the Morality Girlfriend to the DepravedBisexual Muraki.
* Wormmon to his partner Ken Ichijouji from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'', after Ken's repentance. (Unlike the standard depiction of this trope, when Ken was ''evil,'' Wormmon was basically the dog, as in "[[KickTheDog kick the]].")
** Not to mention Gatomon with a Morality Pet Wizardmon in the original.
*** And Gatomon's eventual partner replaced that wizard [[spoiler: when the poor wizard kicked the bucket]]. Kari being a Morality Pet to something normally considered a pet?
** Kari reached morality pet status before that. The assignment was to ''kill'' the kid, but when the time came, she just couldn't.



* While ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'''s Shizuo Heiwajima isn't evil so much as he just [[HeroWithAnFInGood sucks at being a good guy]], it's noted that there are a handful of individuals (such as Tom, Kasuka, Celty and later Akane) that motivate Shizuo to go the extra mile to keep his [[HairTriggerTemper violent temper]] in check. [[spoiler:This is what keeps him from lashing out at the {{Yakuza}} when they go after and corner him. He doesn't care what the {{Yakuza}} do to him, but he realizes that if he attacks them (and thus [[NotHelpingYourCase destroys any chance of convincing them that he didn't kill three of their men]]), they're likely to go after his brother or friends to get back at him. This thought is just enough to hold him back]].
** Shinra ends up fulfilling this roll for Celty, his father Shingen and surprisingly [[spoiler: Izaya. It's to be noted that Izaya leaves Shinra out of his plans more often then not, and DOES try to help him during the Valentine's Day special in the novel. Naturally, this might have to do with the two knowing each other since middle school [[NoodleIncident and Izaya did something to him that makes him shut up immediately whenever Shinra brings it up.]] Turns out that Shinra protected him during middle school from someone that tried to kill Izaya with a knife by taking the wound for him; naturally, this is probably the only kind thing that has happened in Izaya's life.]]
* Bando from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' has almost no redeeming features, being a {{Jerkass}} BloodKnight who kills either for fun or revenge and beats up people for any slight provocation. But when he ends up basically homeless waiting for an opportunity to kill the person who almost killed and crippled him, he kind of becomes friendly towards Mayu, who has fled from her sexually abusing step-father and depressed mother. When she and her friend are assaulted by a man several times worse than him, he does get his opportunity to be a BigDamnHero.
** Chief Kurama has Nana, one of the mutants experimented on he has grown attached to and he tries to help as much as he can. While still taking part in the cruel experiments with the mutants. [[spoiler:She is kind of a substitute for his own mutant daughter, who is so dangerous he tried to kill her after birth, which resulted in his wife's death when she tried to stop him, and their daughter growing up in a sealed vault fed by tubes.]]
** Also Lucy has Kouta, but that was actually the reason the whole mess got started...
* In ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', Dominic is with the bad guys, sure. But his [[LoveMartyr kindness]] to [[DarkActionGirl Anemone]], who alternates between [[CuteAndPsycho violently insane or just insane]], makes it really hard not to feel for him, especially when they play up his NotSoDifferent aspect with the hero of the story, who is also devoted to protecting Eureka, the girl he loves.
** Holland is a major JerkAss toward Renton for a good part of the series, but he has a major soft spot for Eureka, practically to the point of a BigBrotherInstinct. [[spoiler:He has good reason to do so: she's part of the reason he came to his senses and abandoned the military death squads he served under.]]
** The little kids seem to be this to Eureka. [[spoiler:Flashbacks show her as having been cold, efficient, and mechanical, essentially a killing machine who only knew how to follow orders, when she was a part of the military. Then one day, she found three small kids that somehow survived the violent massacre ''that she just committed''. Something about seeing them like that, vulnerable and utterly terrified, kick started something inside her, made her more human until she became the gentle, motherly girl she is when the series begins.]]
* [[GentleGiant Kurita]] could be considered [[MagnificentBastard Hiruma's]] (enormous) morality pet in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Sure, Hiruma inflicts his over-the-top violence on Kurita just as much as anyone else, but the choices he made because of Kurita really show the "heroic" aspect of his sociopathy. Interestingly, Hiruma's ''actual'' pet, Cerberus, is, um. Not a Morality Pet.
* In ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', the terrorist Scar obtains May Chang, an [[TokenMiniMoe adorable little munchkin girl]] who is an active practitioner of a form of alchemy, the very art he despises.
** [[CutenessProximity He seems to have a thing for cuteness]], judging not only from May, but also [[PandaingToTheAudience her little pet panda]], and [[CuteKitten a certain]] {{Omake}} chapter (which might or might not count).
** [[spoiler:Mrs. Bradley]] serves as a Morality Pet for both [[spoiler:Wrath and Pride]]. Fitting, considering [[spoiler:they're pretending to be her husband and son, respectively.]]
** Hawkeye is this to Mustang, whenever he gets a little bit too [[RoaringRampageOfRevenge caught up in]] [[AFatherToHisMen avenging his subordinates]].
** In the [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist first anime]] Bradley's pet was his son, Selim. Until he appeared he gave off an ambiguous air after [[spoiler:how easily he killed Marta and his reveal as being an homunculus.]] Selim showed off he had a nice side too. [[spoiler:Or really how great he is with facades. He ends up [[WouldHurtAChild killing]] his Morality Pet before he himself dies]].
* While he isn't really evil, Kaze's concern for Takeshi in ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'' definitely reveals kindness beyond his ArrogantKungFuGuy image.
** More notable is the effect Tae Kojima had on main character Kei Kurono, practically single-handedly turning him from a JerkAss to an outright [[TheHero hero]].
* [[JerkAss Cold, sociopathic gun-for-hire]] Katana from ''Anime/GadGuard'' has the adorable little blonde girl Sayuri. Though he finds her annoying at first, after following him around for a while insisting she's his "fwend" and getting into danger a couple of times, she makes him see the [[HeelFaceTurn error of his ways]].
* In ''Manga/GetBackers'' Makubex first appears as a BigBad and manages to keep his cool down most of the time. When Sakura Kakei, a woman close to him, almost dies in combat Makubex hates himself for what happened.
* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'': Given that Giuseppe treats his [[CuteBruiser cyborg assassin]] Henrietta far better than any of the other handlers, it's easy to forget that he too is a ruthless anti-terrorist operative, seeking revenge for his dead little sister Enrica. Lampshaded in a scene where a female politician crippled by a terrorist bomb comments on how cold and frightening Giuseppe seems. Henrietta, naturally, protests that he's "the kindest man in all of Italy!" The politician wisely lets the matter drop.
* Goldie Musou, arguably the worst BigBad in the entirety of ''Anime/GunsmithCats'', had a ''literal'' morality pet. In a flashback to her past, we see her grandfather give her a dog. After her parents are assassinated by a rival mob and she takes over in their stead, the dog growls at her and runs away. It smelled the chemicals on her hands from her mixing the prototype version of the drug Kerasene that she'd later use to make her criminal empire a dominant power. She even gets AnAesop from her grandfather's echoed words. "The truest test is to let something go. If it doesn't come back on its own, it wasn't yours to begin with."
* ''Manga/HaouAiren''. Kurumi Akino became this for Uo Hakuron after saving his life when he was wounded in the streets of Tokyo. Even more so after she learns his DarkAndTroubledPast, since she actively aims to become this for him. Not very GenreSavvy in regards to [[BastardBoyfriend what kind of guy he is]], eh, Kurumi?
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'': Komugi, the blind IllGirl who can only play board games, to Meryem, the [[ImAHumanitarian man-eating]] [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Chimera Ant King]].
* ''Manga/InuYasha'':
** Rin's humanizing (so to speak) effect on Sesshoumaru. Her introduction was the start of his shift from ''Villain'' to ''NominalHero'' and finally to full on ''AloofAlly''.
** Kohaku became like this for Kagura. Especially notable because later, she ends up [[spoiler:dying for him.]]



* [[NonActionGuy Raki]] fills this role for [[EmotionlessGirl Clare]] in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''. Of course this trope was even more pronounced in the flashback arc when [[TheWoobie Clare herself]] helped the legendary [[BadAss Theresa of the Faint Smile]] reconnect with her own humanity.

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* [[NonActionGuy Raki]] fills this role In ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAs'', Hayate acts as a morality pet to the Wolkenritter, especially Vita, who was rather hostile to everyone before Hayate appeared, and Signum, who was extremely serious and emotionless about her "job". In a tragic subversion, she's also the entire reason that they're the [[AntiVillain antagonists]] that season since they're trying to save her life.
** All of the Numbers except Due (who she never met) and [[FourEyesZeroSoul Quattro]] had a soft spot
for [[EmotionlessGirl Clare]] [[DarkMagicalGirl Lutecia]] in ''Manga/{{Claymore}}''. Of course this trope was even more pronounced ''Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikers''.
* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' (the manga, at least), Chachazero serves as a reverse morality pet to Evangeline. She's generally harmless when encountered, but being basically a [[AxCrazy serial killer]]
in the flashback arc when [[TheWoobie Clare herself]] helped body of a [[DemonicDummy puppet]], and ''designed'' as such by Eva, her comments and reminiscing about the legendary [[BadAss Theresa of bad old days demonstrate how much her creator's softened since. At times, Chachamaru verges on the Faint Smile]] reconnect with her own humanity.straight version of this trope, but tends to stay in BattleButler territory.
** Fate's group of female minions serve as his Morality Pets. They serve him so loyally because they are all war orphans he rescued and took in, and they chose to aid him in his mission in return. [[spoiler:He actually took in around ''fifty'' such orphans; those that didn't want to join Cosmo Entelecheia were were given a decent education at Fate's expense.]]



* The fact that she ''doesn't'' treat WideEyedIdealist Rock as badly as she does almost everyone else is probably one of the few humanizing features that Revy from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' possesses. Come to that, Rock has much the same effect on a large percentage of the assorted [[PsychoForHire sadistic psychopaths]], {{magnificent bastard}}s and heroic sociopaths that make up the cast. Being actually ''mean'' to him (in a non-humorous way) is a good way to [[KickTheDog show that the character in question is scum]] -- [[EvenEvilHasStandards even by their standards]].
** Also [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in that the CrapsackWorld and '''multiple''' cases of ShootTheShaggyDog are finally beginning to [[BreakTheCutie take their toll on Rock's psyche]], and Revy seems to be in denial about the fact that her Morality Pet might not be so moral anymore.
** Garcia Lovelace is [[RetiredBadass Roberta's]] Morality Pet. Around him she acts like a nice {{Meido}}. When he's not around her, [[ImplacableMan she tends to go crazy.]] .
*** This may have something to do with threatening Garcia being her BerserkButton as well, however.
* Casca and Puck act as this for Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' following the events of the Eclipse that shattered Casca's mind. Guts's concern for Casca's welfare in particular, and his need to protect her from the same demons that constantly hunt him due to her having the same Brand of Sacrifice that Guts has is about the only thing that keeps him from becoming completely consumed by his hatred for Griffith and the Godhand.
** Collectively speaking, all of Guts' current TrueCompanions act as his voice of reason.
** Also, [[DarkMagicalGirl the Apostle Rosine]] had [[NaiveEverygirl Jill]], her best friend from the time she was a human girl [[BreakTheCutie and things still]] [[DespairEventHorizon had not gone]] [[FromBadToWorse pitch black for her]].
** Another Apostle, the Count, had a daughter named Theresia, the only thing that remained of the family he had before he became an Apostle. While he still was very evil, his reactions to her show that he was quite more than a mere monster. [[spoiler:When the Count lost against Guts, summoned the Godhand with his Behelit, and was told by Femto to sacrifice Theresia so he could be reborn or be condemned to Hell, he chose Hell over handing poor Theresia over.]]
** In a tragic aversion Casca and the band of the hawk were almost this for Griffith/Femto. First, [[spoiler:when Griffith is permanently crippled and right at the breaking point to use the behelit he stops and considers the peaceful life he could have with Casca and calms down, her being the one thing that could make him give up on his ambition, but then when he overhears Casca planning to run away with Gutts it pushes him right off the edge. And then after becoming Femto when he returns to the physical world, he visits the memorial for the band of hawks and sees Casca just to prove to himself that he doesn't have a morality pet.]]

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* The fact that she ''doesn't'' treat WideEyedIdealist Rock as badly as she does almost everyone else is probably one of the few humanizing features that Revy ''Manga/NabariNoOu'': If it weren't for Gau, Raikou would basically be a villain.
* Haku
from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' possesses. Come to that, Rock has much the same effect on a large percentage of the assorted [[PsychoForHire sadistic psychopaths]], {{magnificent bastard}}s and heroic sociopaths that make up the cast. Being actually ''mean'' to him (in a non-humorous way) ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' for Zabuza.
** Kimimaro for Juugo.
** And Yukimaru
is a good way to [[KickTheDog show that the character in question is scum]] -- [[EvenEvilHasStandards even by their standards]].
** Also [[PlayingWithATrope played with]] in that the CrapsackWorld and '''multiple''' cases of ShootTheShaggyDog are finally beginning to [[BreakTheCutie take their toll on Rock's psyche]], and Revy seems to be in denial about the fact that her Morality Pet might not be so moral anymore.
** Garcia Lovelace is [[RetiredBadass Roberta's]] Morality Pet. Around him she acts like a nice {{Meido}}. When he's not around her, [[ImplacableMan she tends to go crazy.]] .
*** This may have something to do with threatening Garcia being her BerserkButton as well, however.
* Casca and Puck act as
this for Guts from ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' following Guren in the events of Three-Tails Arc.
** Izuna was his brother Madara's entire ''world''. [[spoiler:Madara is
the Eclipse that shattered Casca's mind. Guts's concern for Casca's welfare in particular, and his need to protect her from the same demons that constantly hunt him due to her having the same Brand man he is today because of Sacrifice that Guts has is about the only thing that keeps him from becoming completely consumed by his hatred for Griffith and the Godhand.
** Collectively speaking, all of Guts' current TrueCompanions act as his voice of reason.
** Also, [[DarkMagicalGirl the Apostle Rosine]] had [[NaiveEverygirl Jill]], her best friend from the time she was a human girl [[BreakTheCutie and things still]] [[DespairEventHorizon had not gone]] [[FromBadToWorse pitch black for her]].
** Another Apostle, the Count, had a daughter named Theresia, the only thing that remained of the family he had before he became an Apostle. While he still was very evil, his reactions to her show that he was quite more than a mere monster. [[spoiler:When the Count lost against Guts, summoned the Godhand with his Behelit, and was told by Femto to sacrifice Theresia so he could be reborn or be condemned to Hell, he chose Hell over handing poor Theresia over.
Izuna's death.]]
** In a tragic aversion Casca and the band of the hawk were almost Believe it or not Itachi is this for Griffith/Femto. First, [[spoiler:when Griffith his partner Kisame, while Kisame gets his kicks out of violence Itachi prefers to get through without having to fight, most notably during the Search for Tsunade arc.
* A strange inversion happens in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Akane adopts an [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter adorable black piglet]] as her pet, which unbeknownst to her,
is permanently crippled Ranma's exceedingly violent and right at hostile rival Ryoga in cursed animal form. As a result of her affectionate treatment, and because he's incredibly lonely due to his WalkingTheEarth lifestyle, ''being'' the breaking point pet causes Ryoga to use the behelit he stops and considers the peaceful life he could have fall hopelessly in love with Casca her. This greatly softens his character and calms down, her being partially contributes to his eventual HeelFaceTurn (as he'll nearly always prioritize Akane over his grudge against Ranma, which allows for numerous EnemyMine team-ups). Of course, there's the one thing that could make him give up on his ambition, but then when he overhears Casca planning to run away with Gutts it pushes him right off the edge. And then after becoming Femto when he returns to the physical world, he visits the memorial for the band of hawks and sees Casca just to prove to himself that he doesn't have a questionable morality pet.]]of disguising himself as her pet in the first place, but hey...
* ''Manga/ReimeiNoArcana'': Nakaba is one for both Loki and Caesar. Vernas' younger sister Lemilia is one for Vernas.
* One of ''Manga/RozenMaiden'''s Mediums, the IllGirl Megu Kakizaki, is paired up with the villainess from the first season, Suigintou. Megu's [[HeroicSelfDeprecation own self hatred]] forces Suigintou [[CharacterDevelopment to recognize her own, and to value another person]].
* From ''Manga/ShamanKing'': Hao's androgynous companion, Opacho, who uses toddler-speak and turns into a sheep. D'aww.
* From ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Not quite to the same extent, but Zelgadis acts far less like a JerkAss and more like a casual, if not aloof young man when Amelia's around. Compared to the other members of the group, he has an easier time softening up around her. Even though there is far less ShipTease from them in the novels, he still gravitates toward her there.
** A straighter example is Luke's bounty hunting partner Millina. She convinced him to end his assassination job, and he winds up falling for her to the point of [[TastesLikeDiabetes gushing over everything she says]] since then.



* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' (the manga, at least), Chachazero serves as a reverse morality pet to Evangeline. She's generally harmless when encountered, but being basically a [[AxCrazy serial killer]] in the body of a [[DemonicDummy puppet]], and ''designed'' as such by Eva, her comments and reminiscing about the bad old days demonstrate how much her creator's softened since. At times, Chachamaru verges on the straight version of this trope, but tends to stay in BattleButler territory.
** Fate's group of female minions serve as his Morality Pets. They serve him so loyally because they are all war orphans he rescued and took in, and they chose to aid him in his mission in return. [[spoiler:He actually took in around ''fifty'' such orphans; those that didn't want to join Cosmo Entelecheia were were given a decent education at Fate's expense.]]
* While he isn't really evil, Kaze's concern for Takeshi in ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'' definitely reveals kindness beyond his ArrogantKungFuGuy image.
** More notable is the effect Tae Kojima had on main character Kei Kurono, practically single-handedly turning him from a JerkAss to an outright [[TheHero hero]].
* Goldie Musou, arguably the worst BigBad in the entirety of ''Anime/GunsmithCats'', had a ''literal'' morality pet. In a flashback to her past, we see her grandfather give her a dog. After her parents are assassinated by a rival mob and she takes over in their stead, the dog growls at her and runs away. It smelled the chemicals on her hands from her mixing the prototype version of the drug Kerasene that she'd later use to make her criminal empire a dominant power. She even gets AnAesop from her grandfather's echoed words. "The truest test is to let something go. If it doesn't come back on its own, it wasn't yours to begin with."
* [[GentleGiant Kurita]] could be considered [[MagnificentBastard Hiruma's]] (enormous) morality pet in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Sure, Hiruma inflicts his over-the-top violence on Kurita just as much as anyone else, but the choices he made because of Kurita really show the "heroic" aspect of his sociopathy. Interestingly, Hiruma's ''actual'' pet, Cerberus, is, um. Not a Morality Pet.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' [[spoiler:Last Order]] acts this way for [[spoiler:Accelerator]] who up to this point seemed like a mass murdering psychopath. Fairly credible job deconstructing his motives too. Though he's ''still'' a huge asshole if he doesn't like you. Then there was that one time he rescued a woman through the most violent means he could think of (slaughtering her captors to the last man).
* [[Manga/VinlandSaga Askeladd]] has a rather unusual one - the country of Wales, [[SexSlave his]] [[SonOfAWhore mother's]] homeland that he would apparently rather die than see come to harm. [[spoiler: He actually killed King Sweyn in front of his vassals to prevent him from invading.]]

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* In ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' (the manga, at least), Chachazero serves as a reverse morality pet to Evangeline. She's generally harmless when encountered, but Yubaba's son Buu plays this role in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', being basically a [[AxCrazy serial killer]] in the body of a [[DemonicDummy puppet]], and ''designed'' as such by Eva, only person she cares more for than money. In fact, when Haku implied that he had taken Buu away (when he didn't), she went full MamaBear on him to find out where her comments and reminiscing about the bad old days demonstrate how much her creator's softened since. At times, Chachamaru verges on the straight version of baby was.
** Chihiro is
this trope, but tends herself, able to stay in BattleButler territory.
** Fate's group of female minions serve as his Morality Pets. They serve him so loyally because they are all war orphans he rescued and took in, and they chose to aid him in his mission in return. [[spoiler:He actually took in around ''fifty'' such orphans; those that didn't want to join Cosmo Entelecheia were were given a decent education at Fate's expense.]]
* While he isn't really evil, Kaze's concern for Takeshi in ''{{Manga/Gantz}}'' definitely reveals kindness beyond his ArrogantKungFuGuy image.
** More notable is
bring the effect Tae Kojima had on main character Kei Kurono, practically single-handedly turning him from a JerkAss to an outright [[TheHero hero]].
* Goldie Musou, arguably the worst BigBad in the entirety of ''Anime/GunsmithCats'', had a ''literal'' morality pet. In a flashback to her past, we see her grandfather give her a dog. After her parents are assassinated by a rival mob and she takes over in their stead, the dog growls at her and runs away. It smelled the chemicals on her hands from her mixing the prototype version
best out of the drug Kerasene grumpy Lin and Kamaji and the cold Haku and genuinely befriends No-Face.
* From [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars Manga]], ''Darth Vader'' had a secret apprentice to soften him just a shade. No, not [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Starkiller]]. A Jedi child named [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tao Tao]]. Vader killed Tao's family, razed his planet from orbit, and spared Tao himself after being attacked by the child and sensing a lot of raw Force potential. Then he tried training the child, but since DefeatMeansFriendship Tao refused to tap into his rage and hatred, endured Vader's frustration at this, and was eventually told
that she'd later use to make her criminal empire a dominant power. She even gets AnAesop from her grandfather's echoed words. "The truest test is to let something go. If it doesn't come back on its own, it wasn't yours to begin with."
* [[GentleGiant Kurita]] could be considered [[MagnificentBastard Hiruma's]] (enormous) morality pet in ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}''. Sure, Hiruma inflicts his over-the-top violence on Kurita just as much as anyone else, but the choices he made
because of Kurita really show his weakness he was free to leave. ...Not something Sith say often.
** And then
the "heroic" aspect of his sociopathy. Interestingly, Hiruma's ''actual'' pet, Cerberus, is, um. Not a Morality Pet.
* In ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'' [[spoiler:Last Order]] acts this way
Emperor found out and had Vader mortally wound Tao, and for [[spoiler:Accelerator]] who up to this point seemed like a mass murdering psychopath. Fairly credible job deconstructing his motives too. Though he's whatever reason Tao ''still'' didn't hate Vader, and was in fact glad that Vader was taking him to die on his homeworld. The homeworld that Vader razed. And when there, Tao saved him from a huge asshole if he doesn't like you. Then planet-hopping vengeful Tusken Raider, then told Vader that there was that one time he rescued a woman through still good in him, before dying and making the most violent means he could think of (slaughtering her captors Dark Lord feel remorse. This manga is quasicanon at best.
* Downplayed with Ralph in ''Anime/StrainStrategicArmoredInfantry'' is kind
to the last man).
* [[Manga/VinlandSaga Askeladd]] has a rather unusual one -
living Emily and protects her from the country rest of Wales, [[SexSlave his]] [[SonOfAWhore mother's]] homeland the Deague, but [[spoiler:when he throws a coup on the ship and kills everyone but Emily and Medlock, it's clear that he would apparently rather die than see come even that won't save him. He's insane, and if he's allowed to harm. [[spoiler: He actually killed King Sweyn in front of live, he'll turn on Emily just like his vassals to prevent him from invading.real little sister, Sara. He does find a [[RedemptionEqualsDeath glimmer of sanity]] near the end, though.]]



* ''Manga/GunslingerGirl'': Given that Giuseppe treats his [[CuteBruiser cyborg assassin]] Henrietta far better than any of the other handlers, it's easy to forget that he too is a ruthless anti-terrorist operative, seeking revenge for his dead little sister Enrica. Lampshaded in a scene where a female politician crippled by a terrorist bomb comments on how cold and frightening Giuseppe seems. Henrietta, naturally, protests that he's "the kindest man in all of Italy!" The politician wisely lets the matter drop.
* A strange inversion happens in ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf''. Akane adopts an [[RidiculouslyCuteCritter adorable black piglet]] as her pet, which unbeknownst to her, is Ranma's exceedingly violent and hostile rival Ryoga in cursed animal form. As a result of her affectionate treatment, and because he's incredibly lonely due to his WalkingTheEarth lifestyle, ''being'' the pet causes Ryoga to fall hopelessly in love with her. This greatly softens his character and partially contributes to his eventual HeelFaceTurn (as he'll nearly always prioritize Akane over his grudge against Ranma, which allows for numerous EnemyMine team-ups). Of course, there's the questionable morality of disguising himself as her pet in the first place, but hey...
* From ''Manga/ShamanKing'': Hao's androgynous companion, Opacho, who uses toddler-speak and turns into a sheep. D'aww.
* From ''LightNovel/{{Slayers}}'': Not quite to the same extent, but Zelgadis acts far less like a JerkAss and more like a casual, if not aloof young man when Amelia's around. Compared to the other members of the group, he has an easier time softening up around her. Even though there is far less ShipTease from them in the novels, he still gravitates toward her there.
** A straighter example is Luke's bounty hunting partner Millina. She convinced him to end his assassination job, and he winds up falling for her to the point of [[TastesLikeDiabetes gushing over everything she says]] since then.
* In ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'', Switzerland is a gun-toting Gunslinger JerkAss. But when he's with his adoptive sister [[TokenMiniMoe Liechtenstein]], a completely different side of him emerges.
** [[TheLoad Italy]] is this for [[JerkAss Germany.]]



* [[JerkAss Cold, sociopathic gun-for-hire]] Katana from ''Anime/GadGuard'' has the adorable little blonde girl Sayuri. Though he finds her annoying at first, after following him around for a while insisting she's his "fwend" and getting into danger a couple of times, she makes him see the [[HeelFaceTurn error of his ways]].

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* [[JerkAss Cold, sociopathic gun-for-hire]] Katana from ''Anime/GadGuard'' has In the adorable little blonde girl Sayuri. Though sequel to ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Haise Sasaki ''seems'' to be one to his mentor and surrogate father, Arima. However, it isn't clear whether this is genuine affection or merely a way to manipulate him. Either way, their interactions involve considerable [[PetTheDog Petting of the Dog]] and show a more human side to the ever-aloof and mysterious Arima.
* Alexis is this to [[NobleDemon Starscream]] in ''Anime/TransformersArmada'', once
he finds her annoying at first, after following him around for switches sides to the Autobots. She's the first person to really develop a while insisting friendship with him, and they end up with a very deep bond. (And then he switches back to the Decepticons, although she's his "fwend" and getting into danger a couple of times, she makes him see the [[HeelFaceTurn error still kind of his ways]].morality pet.)



* From [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars Manga]], ''Darth Vader'' had a secret apprentice to soften him just a shade. No, not [[VideoGame/TheForceUnleashed Starkiller]]. A Jedi child named [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Tao Tao]]. Vader killed Tao's family, razed his planet from orbit, and spared Tao himself after being attacked by the child and sensing a lot of raw Force potential. Then he tried training the child, but since DefeatMeansFriendship Tao refused to tap into his rage and hatred, endured Vader's frustration at this, and was eventually told that because of his weakness he was free to leave. ...Not something Sith say often.
** And then the Emperor found out and had Vader mortally wound Tao, and for whatever reason Tao ''still'' didn't hate Vader, and was in fact glad that Vader was taking him to die on his homeworld. The homeworld that Vader razed. And when there, Tao saved him from a planet-hopping vengeful Tusken Raider, then told Vader that there was still good in him, before dying and making the Dark Lord feel remorse. This manga is quasicanon at best.



* In ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', Dominic is with the bad guys, sure. But his [[LoveMartyr kindness]] to [[DarkActionGirl Anemone]], who alternates between [[CuteAndPsycho violently insane or just insane]], makes it really hard not to feel for him, especially when they play up his NotSoDifferent aspect with the hero of the story, who is also devoted to protecting Eureka, the girl he loves.
** Holland is a major JerkAss toward Renton for a good part of the series, but he has a major soft spot for Eureka, practically to the point of a BigBrotherInstinct. [[spoiler:He has good reason to do so: she's part of the reason he came to his senses and abandoned the military death squads he served under.]]
** The little kids seem to be this to Eureka. [[spoiler:Flashbacks show her as having been cold, efficient, and mechanical, essentially a killing machine who only knew how to follow orders, when she was a part of the military. Then one day, she found three small kids that somehow survived the violent massacre ''that she just committed''. Something about seeing them like that, vulnerable and utterly terrified, kick started something inside her, made her more human until she became the gentle, motherly girl she is when the series begins.]]
* Inverted twice in ''Manga/DeathNote'', which has what could be called an 'immorality pet'. At first, Light (and the reader) believe that Ryuk, whose spare Death Note leads Light to become a WellIntentionedExtremist MagnificentBastard, is his immorality pet. However, it's actually Light who is Ryuk's immorality pet, providing him with some interesting [[ForTheEvulz sick entertainment]], and when Light no longer becomes interesting, [[spoiler:Ryuk kills him.]]
** Kind of played straight with Light's affection for his little sister Sayu and Mello's reaction to [[spoiler:Matt's death]], though.
*** That may have been true for pre-timeskip Light, but post timeskip, there's not much evidence that Light feels any kind of affection for his family, [[TheSociopath or anyone for that matter.]] To prevent his plans from being ruined, [[spoiler:he attempts to kill her after she is abducted]], but doesn't only because it wouldn't make sense for Kira to do that. He also shows no reaction at all to her [[spoiler: near catatonic state following the abduction]], meaning that Light likely sees Sayu as nothing more that another person he could potentially use to further his own goals, much like all the people he interacts with.
* In the later chapters of the manga version of ''Manga/DescendantsOfDarkness'', [[IllGirl Ukyou]] [[VictoriousChildhoodFriend Sakuraiji]] is the Morality Girlfriend to the DepravedBisexual Muraki.
* Bando from ''Manga/ElfenLied'' has almost no redeeming features, being a {{Jerkass}} BloodKnight who kills either for fun or revenge and beats up people for any slight provocation. But when he ends up basically homeless waiting for an opportunity to kill the person who almost killed and crippled him, he kind of becomes friendly towards Mayu, who has fled from her sexually abusing step-father and depressed mother. When she and her friend are assaulted by a man several times worse than him, he does get his opportunity to be a BigDamnHero.
** Chief Kurama has Nana, one of the mutants experimented on he has grown attached to and he tries to help as much as he can. While still taking part in the cruel experiments with the mutants. [[spoiler:She is kind of a substitute for his own mutant daughter, who is so dangerous he tried to kill her after birth, which resulted in his wife's death when she tried to stop him, and their daughter growing up in a sealed vault fed by tubes.]]
** Also Lucy has Kouta, but that was actually the reason the whole mess got started...



* Subversion: Lua Klein from LightNovel/{{Baccano}} is a quiet, gentle WomanInWhite who seems like a perfect foil for her [[LargeHam extremely enthusiastic]] PsychoForHire squeeze Ladd Russo. However, she's really a suicidal masochist who seems to privately thrill at the idea of being murdered by Ladd, and Ladd's calm, sincere promises to kill her someday only emphasize his craziness.
** However, it's played more straight when Ladd's arguably [[PetTheDog only redeeming act]] in the entire show is to [[spoiler: throw himself off a moving train to ''save'' Lua, sacrificing his arm in the process.]]



* While ''LightNovel/{{Durarara}}'''s Shizuo Heiwajima isn't evil so much as he just [[HeroWithAnFInGood sucks at being a good guy]], it's noted that there are a handful of individuals (such as Tom, Kasuka, Celty and later Akane) that motivate Shizuo to go the extra mile to keep his [[HairTriggerTemper violent temper]] in check. [[spoiler:This is what keeps him from lashing out at the {{Yakuza}} when they go after and corner him. He doesn't care what the {{Yakuza}} do to him, but he realizes that if he attacks them (and thus [[NotHelpingYourCase destroys any chance of convincing them that he didn't kill three of their men]]), they're likely to go after his brother or friends to get back at him. This thought is just enough to hold him back]].
** Shinra ends up fulfilling this roll for Celty, his father Shingen and surprisingly [[spoiler: Izaya. It's to be noted that Izaya leaves Shinra out of his plans more often then not, and DOES try to help him during the Valentine's Day special in the novel. Naturally, this might have to do with the two knowing each other since middle school [[NoodleIncident and Izaya did something to him that makes him shut up immediately whenever Shinra brings it up.]] Turns out that Shinra protected him during middle school from someone that tried to kill Izaya with a knife by taking the wound for him; naturally, this is probably the only kind thing that has happened in Izaya's life.]]



* ''Manga/HaouAiren''. Kurumi Akino became this for Uo Hakuron after saving his life when he was wounded in the streets of Tokyo. Even more so after she learns his DarkAndTroubledPast, since she actively aims to become this for him. Not very GenreSavvy in regards to [[BastardBoyfriend what kind of guy he is]], eh, Kurumi?
* ''Manga/HunterXHunter'': Komugi, the blind IllGirl who can only play board games, to Meryem, the [[ImAHumanitarian man-eating]] [[ArrogantKungFuGuy Chimera Ant King]].



* ''Manga/AiOreLoveMe'': Mizuki tends to bring out the heart of gold in [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Akira]].
* Yanagin in ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'' is a strange example as she ''made herself'' [[spoiler:Habara]]'s morality pet. Eight years ago, she was part of the ten-kid alliance that challenged [[spoiler:Habara]], who at the time was an EnfantTerrible-level TheBully who terrorized ''every'' boy in town--and barely made a draw. She then started to hang out with the person she just fought with, keeping an eye on her in case she relapses back. This turns out to be a good thing as the latter [[ReformedButRejected still has social acceptance issues up to this day]].



* In the sequel to ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Haise Sasaki ''seems'' to be one to his mentor and surrogate father, Arima. However, it isn't clear whether this is genuine affection or merely a way to manipulate him. Either way, their interactions involve considerable [[PetTheDog Petting of the Dog]] and show a more human side to the ever-aloof and mysterious Arima.
* Alexis is this to [[NobleDemon Starscream]] in ''Anime/TransformersArmada'', once he switches sides to the Autobots. She's the first person to really develop a friendship with him, and they end up with a very deep bond. (And then he switches back to the Decepticons, although she's still kind of his morality pet.)
* This trope is one of the very, very, VERY few things to be played straight in Manga/BoboboboBobobo, where Beauty is this to the title character.
* ''Anime/DanceWithDevils'' has the main protagonist, Ritsuka Tachibana, becoming this to her school's student council members...who are manipulative devils with negative character traits. Thanks to her influence they show their more softer and caring personalities, effectively transforming from straight-up {{jerkass}}es to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerks with hearts of gold.]]
* Yubaba's son Buu plays this role in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', being the only person she cares more for than money. In fact, when Haku implied that he had taken Buu away (when he didn't), she went full MamaBear on him to find out where her baby was.
** Chihiro is this herself, able to bring the best out of the grumpy Lin and Kamaji and the cold Haku and genuinely befriends No-Face.

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* In [[Manga/VinlandSaga Askeladd]] has a rather unusual one - the sequel country of Wales, [[SexSlave his]] [[SonOfAWhore mother's]] homeland that he would apparently rather die than see come to ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Haise Sasaki ''seems'' to be one to his mentor and surrogate father, Arima. However, it isn't clear whether this is genuine affection or merely a way to manipulate him. Either way, their interactions involve considerable [[PetTheDog Petting of the Dog]] and show a more human side to the ever-aloof and mysterious Arima.
* Alexis is this to [[NobleDemon Starscream]]
harm. [[spoiler: He actually killed King Sweyn in ''Anime/TransformersArmada'', once he switches sides to the Autobots. She's the first person to really develop a friendship with him, and they end up with a very deep bond. (And then he switches back to the Decepticons, although she's still kind front of his morality pet.)
* This trope is one of the very, very, VERY few things
vassals to be played straight in Manga/BoboboboBobobo, where Beauty is this to the title character.
* ''Anime/DanceWithDevils'' has the main protagonist, Ritsuka Tachibana, becoming this to her school's student council members...who are manipulative devils with negative character traits. Thanks to her influence they show their more softer and caring personalities, effectively transforming
prevent him from straight-up {{jerkass}}es to [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold jerks with hearts of gold.invading.]]
* Yubaba's son Buu Mokuba Kaiba from ''Anime/YuGiOh'' sometimes takes this role, making Seto Kaiba somewhat approachable. This, however, is averted in the manga, where, in the arc where Seto is actually a villain, not only does Mokuba epically fail to rein in his brother's sadistic tendencies, he is actually a willing accomplice to Seto's EvilPlan. After Seto's [[MindRape Mind Crush]], Mokuba plays this role in ''Anime/SpiritedAway'', being the only person straight.
** Most ''Yu-Gi-Oh'' villains have something like this. Pegasus had his dead wife Cynthia/Cecilia, but
she cares is more for than money. In fact, when Haku implied of a CynicismCatalyst. Marik had his sister Isis and his adoptive older brother Rishid/Odion, Dartz as well. Bakura has 99 metaphorical {{Cynicism Catalyst}}s, which prompted him to go on such a wild RoaringRampageOfRevenge that he had taken Buu away (when made a DealWithTheDevil.
** Yami himself has Yugi and his TrueCompanions. When
he didn't), she went full MamaBear on him to find out where her baby was.
briefly becomes the sole occupant of Yugi's body during a filler arc, he starts [[MoralityChain acting more ruthless]].
** Chihiro In ''Yu-Gi-Oh ZEXAL'', Hart Tenjo is this herself, able to bring the best out of the grumpy Lin and Kamaji and the cold Haku and genuinely befriends No-Face.his big brother, Kite. So is Rio Kamishiro to her brother Ryoga (Shark).
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