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24th Mar '17 8:07:37 PM Golondrina
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* Foggy Nelson seems to be playing this part to Matt Murdock in ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' increasingly in the last two decades (which is to say, since he found out about his friend's secret identity). Daredevil would often refrain from excessive violence and sometimes would even stop short of murder only because he wants Foggy's opinion of him to remain high. It became very evident in ''The Devil in Cell Block D'' storyline, where Foggy's [[spoiler:apparent death]] caused Matt to release all inhibitions and go on a violence spree that scared all of his closest friends as well as his wife. He was only cowed by being reminded that he was not acting like the man Foggy believed in, and eventually, by Foggy [[spoiler:returning to his life.]]



* Foggy Nelson seems to be playing this part to Matt Murdock in ''ComicBook/{{Daredevil}}'' increasingly in the last two decades (which is to say, since he found out about his friend's secret identity). Daredevil would often refrain from excessive violence and sometimes would even stop short of murder only because he wants Foggy's opinion of him to remain high. It became very evident in ''The Devil in Cell Block D'' storyline, where Foggy's [[spoiler:apparent death]] caused Matt to release all inhibitions and go on a violence spree that scared all of his closest friends as well as his wife. He was only cowed by being reminded that he was not acting like the man Foggy believed in, and eventually, by Foggy [[spoiler:returning to his life.]]



* ''FanFic/HeiroftheNightmare [[DarkIsEvil Nightmare Moon]] is a brutal being, but she is very kind toward [[spoiler: her daughter Twilight]]. It becomes increasingly deconstructed, [[spoiler: as she ends up turning Twilight against her with her excessive brutality, and when Twilight [[CallingTheOldManOut refuses to stand beside her as princess and calls her out, well, things go very badly]]...]].

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* ''FanFic/HeiroftheNightmare ''FanFic/HeiroftheNightmare'': [[DarkIsEvil Nightmare Moon]] is a brutal being, but she is very kind toward [[spoiler: her daughter Twilight]]. It becomes increasingly deconstructed, [[spoiler: as she ends up turning Twilight against her with her excessive brutality, and when Twilight [[CallingTheOldManOut refuses to stand beside her as princess and calls her out, well, things go very badly]]...]].



* [[CheerfulChild Sweet, kindly Applebloom]] plays this for [[TheMagnificent THE GREAT AND POWERFUL TRIXIE]] in VideoGame/PonyFantasyVI''

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* [[CheerfulChild Sweet, kindly Applebloom]] plays this for [[TheMagnificent THE GREAT AND POWERFUL TRIXIE]] in VideoGame/PonyFantasyVI''''VideoGame/PonyFantasyVI''



* 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.

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* ** Kel'Thuzad, TheDragon to [[VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft The Lich King]] 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.



* WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}} is this to Mr. Cat.



* 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.
* Taken to a dark degree with ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': in the episode "Secrets," Harm [[spoiler: killed his younger sister ''because'' she was the only person he cared about. This was done in a deliberate attempt to become [[PureIsNotGood pure evil]].]]



* WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}} is this to Mr. Cat.

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* WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}} is this Harry to Mr. Cat.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.
* Taken to a dark degree with ''WesternAnimation/YoungJustice'': in the episode "Secrets," Harm [[spoiler: killed his younger sister ''because'' she was the only person he cared about. This was done in a deliberate attempt to become [[PureIsNotGood pure evil]].]]
24th Mar '17 7:09:11 AM TheBigBopper
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** 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]].

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** Also, [[DarkMagicalGirl the Apostle Rosine]] 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]].



** 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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** In a tragic aversion Casca and the band Band of the hawk Hawk including Guts and Casca 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, Griffith, but then when he overhears Casca planning to run away with Gutts it pushes him right off the edge. And then ultimately [[spoiler:sacrifices them. Then after becoming Femto when he returns to the physical world, he visits the memorial for the band Band of hawks Hawk and sees Guts and Casca just to prove to himself that he doesn't have a morality pet.]]
16th Mar '17 4:52:40 AM Troperinik
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* WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}} is this to Mr. Cat.
12th Mar '17 7:12:58 PM GlitteringFlowers
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** Fans have realised that [[YamatoNadeshiko Hinata]] is probably the only one in the series that [[TsunDere Sakura]] ''isn't'' cynical or easily angry towards, [[CoolBigSis treating her like a surrogate younger sister]].
1st Mar '17 9:39:06 AM DefectiveGoldfishWhat
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* ''FanFic/ABrighterDark'': Corrin isn't a ''bad'' person, per se, but she can often tend to lean on the side of violence and cheap thrills. Unless of course she learns that one of her friends is in serious need.
** Absurdly enough, Sakura somehow manages to become one for [[spoiler: Hans]] when she convinces him to show mercy to a wounded and unarmed enemy.
26th Feb '17 9:41:45 AM nombretomado
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** This is rather ironic as in the first season finale, Jeff ultimately [[spoiler: chooses Annie as a representation of both change and being oneself in comparison to Britta and Slater.]] Quite literally, Annie was [[HannahMontana the best of both worlds]] for Jeff.

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** This is rather ironic as in the first season finale, Jeff ultimately [[spoiler: chooses Annie as a representation of both change and being oneself in comparison to Britta and Slater.]] Quite literally, Annie was [[HannahMontana [[Series/HannahMontana the best of both worlds]] for Jeff.
17th Feb '17 4:55:27 PM MasterofGalaxies4628
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One way to handle this is to present another character to [[FriendlessBackground befriend them.]] Ideally, this should be someone who could pose no threat or even be demanding, and depending on how the plot goes, the recovering villain becomes fond of this other character and may [[LivingEmotionalCrutch draw stability from their presence]]. The Morality Pet may even be somewhat pathetic (and will be told so), but has often gone through some anguish to which the recovering villain can relate secretly, or reminds the villain of someone he lost long ago. They're usually upbeat, though they might go a little [[TastesLikeDiabetes overboard sometimes.]] If handled poorly, they might become a SatelliteCharacter for the former villain.

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One way to handle this is to present another character to [[FriendlessBackground befriend them.]] them]]. Ideally, this should be someone who could pose no threat or even be demanding, and depending on how the plot goes, the recovering villain becomes fond of this other character and may [[LivingEmotionalCrutch draw stability from their presence]]. The Morality Pet may even be somewhat pathetic (and will be told so), but has often gone through some anguish to which the recovering villain can relate secretly, or reminds the villain of someone he lost long ago. They're usually upbeat, though they might go a little [[TastesLikeDiabetes overboard sometimes.]] If handled poorly, they might become a SatelliteCharacter for the former villain.



If the Morality Pet dies or disappears and this causes the villain/anti-hero to revert back to his or her old ways, the Morality Pet was acting more like a MoralityChain. Compare PredatorTurnedProtector, where their "pet" is the thing they're supposed to prey upon, and they act as full-blown protector rather than simply caring for/petting them.

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If the Morality Pet dies or disappears and this causes the villain/anti-hero to revert back to his or her old ways, the Morality Pet was acting more like a MoralityChain. MoralityChain, a similar trope often confused with this one. The difference between the two is subtle: A Morality Pet is a character who redeems a villain. The villain's affection for the pet starts them down the path of good, and even should the pet get hurt the villain will most likely behave as a hero (or anti-hero) in seeking their revenge or protecting the pet. By contrast, the Morality Chain keeps an otherwise anti-heroic character (such as a SociopathicHero) from going full villain. The loss of the chain would spell doom for any involved party, and likely anyone nearby as well. In a nutshell: A Morality Pet turns a bad guy good; a MoralityChain ''stops'' a good guy from turning bad. That said, the two tropes can certainly overlap: if the character redeems a villain and then also helps keep them from [[RedemptionFailure slipping back to evil]], he is both a Morality Pet and a Morality Chain.

Or to put it another way: The Morality Pet is a catalyst for a HeelFaceTurn; the MoralityChain is an inhibitor of a FaceHeelTurn. In this sense, the two are actually OppositeTropes despite their close similarities.

Compare PredatorTurnedProtector, where their "pet" is the thing they're supposed to prey upon, and they act as full-blown protector rather than simply caring for/petting them.
16th Feb '17 10:01:47 PM Gamermaster
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* Kobayashi acts as this for Tohru in ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid''. We don't get to see much of what Tohru was like before they met, but it's clear that she was nowhere near as nice as she is in the present.
16th Feb '17 1:17:16 PM gb00393
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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': Arya plays this role for several different characters, including Tywin in Season 2 and the Hound in Seasons 3 and 4.

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* ''Series/GameOfThrones'': ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
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Arya plays this role for several different characters, including and Tywin in Season 2 2. He does seem genuinely fond of her but it doesn't stop him from leaving her to Gregor Clegane, and the Hound in probable death, once he leaves town.
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Seasons 3 3-4 it is played straighter with Arya and 4.Sandor "The Hound" Clegane, who spares a farmer after she pleads for him to do so and gradually treats her with increasing respect. Noticeably, the point where Sandor clearly gets on board with killing Polliver, is when he suggests trading Sandor a chicken in exchange for being able to rape Arya.
14th Feb '17 8:44:06 AM ShorinBJ
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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Oliver Queen started out as a brutal serial killer who gradually stops being, well, a brutal serial killer and turns into DCTV's Batman. He does this thanks to his sister Thea. And his best friend Tommy. And his bodyguard Diggle. And his assistant Felicity. And his [[OddFriendship friend]] [[Series/TheFlash2014 Barry Allen]]. Oliver is the Crazy Morality Pet Lady of television.

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* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'': Oliver Queen started out as a brutal serial hardened killer of bad guys who gradually stops being, well, a brutal serial killer and turns into DCTV's Batman. He does this thanks to his sister sister, Thea. And his best friend friend, Tommy. And his bodyguard ex, Laurel. And his bodyguard, Diggle. And his assistant assistant, Felicity. And his [[OddFriendship friend]] friend]], [[Series/TheFlash2014 Barry Allen]]. Oliver is the Crazy Morality Pet Lady of television.
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