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30th May '16 5:34:11 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* Abel Nightroad from ''TrinityBlood'' is a centuries old Crusnik (uber-vampire who feeds on normal vampires, has superior destructive powers and is invincible) who used to hate humans and took the vampire side of the conflict when war broke out. He was essentially a living weapon of mass destruction and supposedly killed seven million humans. Eventually it was the death of his lover, who had sided with the humans (after telling him how to defeat the vampires) and had been trying to influence him, that caused him to change his views. Nine hundred years later, he's a priest of the Vatican and tries to avoid and prevent killing whenever he can, and is wracked by guilt for his sins.

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* Abel Nightroad from ''TrinityBlood'' ''LightNovel/TrinityBlood'' is a centuries old Crusnik (uber-vampire who feeds on normal vampires, has superior destructive powers and is invincible) who used to hate humans and took the vampire side of the conflict when war broke out. He was essentially a living weapon of mass destruction and supposedly killed seven million humans. Eventually it was the death of his lover, who had sided with the humans (after telling him how to defeat the vampires) and had been trying to influence him, that caused him to change his views. Nine hundred years later, he's a priest of the Vatican and tries to avoid and prevent killing whenever he can, and is wracked by guilt for his sins.
29th May '16 12:06:05 PM ack1308
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* In the ''{{Literature/Worm}}'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/10377231/1/Security Security!]]'', there are quite a few of these, some facilitated by the [[SelfInsertFic self-insert protagonist]]. These include Purity (rebranded as 'Evenstar' of the New York Protectorate), Bonesaw (captured and rehabilitated earlier than in canon), Canary (her power is ''very'' useful with crowd control), Lung and Bakuda (pressed into service by the PRT), Emma Barnes (after a traumatic experience with Bakuda and Oni Lee), the ''Undersiders'' and Glory Girl.
22nd May '16 10:36:23 PM OldBlindTrope
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** [[spoiler: Starlight Glimmer, the twisted Cutie Mark hating-dictator and BigBad of Season 5, pulls a HeelFaceTurn when Princess Twilight Sparkle offers her hoof in friendship and makes Starlight her own student.. Starlight's first act of atonement was returning to Our Town from the Season 5 premiere to make things up with the townponies.]]

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** [[spoiler: Starlight Glimmer, the twisted Cutie Mark hating-dictator and BigBad of Season 5, pulls a HeelFaceTurn when Princess Twilight Sparkle offers her hoof in friendship and makes Starlight her own student.. student. Starlight's first act of atonement was returning to Our Town from the Season 5 premiere to make things up with the townponies.]] townsponies. It's a shame this wasn't an episode, though; her appearances and behavior in Season 6 are getting into BaseBreaker territory...]]
18th May '16 3:27:03 PM nombretomado
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* Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov, and Bruce Banner in the MarvelCinematicUniverse. Tony and Natasha have legitimate sins to make up for (he was a selfish weapons dealer who didn't care that the collateral damage from the military-industrial complex's freewheeling use of his weapons caused hundreds of civilian deaths; she was a cold-blooded Russian spy and assassin, presumably working for ex-KGB operatives, who also indiscriminately killed hundreds of people, including numerous civilians and, by implication, ''children''). Bruce, however, involuntarily turns into a destructive, mindless monster when he gets angry due to an experiment gone wrong, and all the deaths he's caused happened when he wasn't in his right mind, but that doesn't stop him from blaming himself or even trying to kill himself to rid the world of the Hulk. Also, Clint Barton became one after being freed from Loki's BrainwashedAndCrazy mind control. In his case it's particularly noteworthy considering the only reason Loki enslaved him was due to his skill (making him a valuable pawn) and because he had 'heart', yet he still feels responsible despite having no control over himself. His first request upon being freed was to know exactly who and how many innocent people he killed while under Loki's thumb. Natasha shuts that down at once, telling him firmly not to think about the consequences of things he is obviously not responsible for.

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* Tony Stark, Natasha Romanov, and Bruce Banner in the MarvelCinematicUniverse.Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse. Tony and Natasha have legitimate sins to make up for (he was a selfish weapons dealer who didn't care that the collateral damage from the military-industrial complex's freewheeling use of his weapons caused hundreds of civilian deaths; she was a cold-blooded Russian spy and assassin, presumably working for ex-KGB operatives, who also indiscriminately killed hundreds of people, including numerous civilians and, by implication, ''children''). Bruce, however, involuntarily turns into a destructive, mindless monster when he gets angry due to an experiment gone wrong, and all the deaths he's caused happened when he wasn't in his right mind, but that doesn't stop him from blaming himself or even trying to kill himself to rid the world of the Hulk. Also, Clint Barton became one after being freed from Loki's BrainwashedAndCrazy mind control. In his case it's particularly noteworthy considering the only reason Loki enslaved him was due to his skill (making him a valuable pawn) and because he had 'heart', yet he still feels responsible despite having no control over himself. His first request upon being freed was to know exactly who and how many innocent people he killed while under Loki's thumb. Natasha shuts that down at once, telling him firmly not to think about the consequences of things he is obviously not responsible for.
14th May '16 8:50:58 PM lorgskyegon
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* Fred Phelps, founder of the notorious Westboro Baptist Church, had a change of heart about his religious beliefs near the end of his life, doing what he could to repair the damage he had done. He was excommunicated and died approximately six months later.
9th May '16 11:27:07 AM GlassRain
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* ''Webcomic/ZebraGirl'': Jack. He blames himself for what happened to Sandra, and for what happened during the Maginet mini-arc. Ever since the Maginet he is doing everything he can to become a better wizard, in the hopes that the tragedies which befell his friends and wizard comrades never happen again.
8th May '16 2:37:10 PM Morgenthaler
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* Niall from WickedLovely, after realizing the true nature of the dark court, and after he realized that he inadvertently caused the deaths of the mortals. He's been atoning for it for 1200 years by the time of Ink Exchange, and still feels guilty. Appropriately, he is also the series' official {{woobie}}.

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* Niall from WickedLovely, ''Literature/WickedLovely'', after realizing the true nature of the dark court, and after he realized that he inadvertently caused the deaths of the mortals. He's been atoning for it for 1200 years by the time of Ink Exchange, and still feels guilty. Appropriately, he is also the series' official {{woobie}}.
5th May '16 12:41:41 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''ComicBook/{{Shakara}}'': Dr. Lara Procopio has tried to make up for her role in [[SyntheticPlague engineering the disease]] that was used to destroy the Shakara race through humanitarian missions and dedicating the rest of her life to helping the sick and wounded. When Shakara the Avenger comes to execute her, she admits that it's not meant to excuse what she did and chooses to FaceDeathWithDignity.
23rd Apr '16 1:53:08 AM Tron80
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* Shinji and Asuka subvert this in ''Fanfic/TheSecondTry'', surprisingly. At the beginning it looks like they're trying to save the world after going back to the past because they let it die in the original timeline. However, it becomes more apparent as the story goes on that they've largely come to terms with their failings, and they're not motivated by regret and/or guilt.
19th Apr '16 4:54:27 PM LentilSandEater
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** [[spoiler:Discord--the [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] and [[MadGod unhinged]] GodOfEvil, of all characters--manages to pull a HeelFaceTurn after becoming friends with Fluttershy, and swears to use his powers for good... [[ReformedButNotTamed most of the time]]. He makes good on his word by settling into a sort of TricksterMentor role for the Mane Six, giving underhanded assistance while remaining as mischievous and obnoxious as ever.]]

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** [[spoiler:Discord--the [[ManipulativeBastard manipulative]] and [[MadGod unhinged]] GodOfEvil, trickster, of all characters--manages to pull a HeelFaceTurn after becoming friends with Fluttershy, and swears to use his powers for good... [[ReformedButNotTamed most of the time]]. He makes good on his word by settling into a sort of TricksterMentor role for the Mane Six, giving underhanded assistance while remaining as mischievous and obnoxious as ever.]]
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