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12th Aug '17 3:36:42 PM PistolsAtDawn
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If done over the course of one episode or short story, this may have been to set up an Aesop.

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If done over the course of one episode or short story, this may have been to set up an Aesop.
Aesop. Also called a JerkToNiceGuyPlot.
11th Aug '17 1:38:13 PM ShorinBJ
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A sweet trope in while a {{Jerkass}} develops a nicer attitude over time and becomes a genuinely pleasant person (or, at worst, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold). Usually this can be due to CharacterDevelopment. A HeelFaceTurn may be involved as well. In some cases this may be a case of CharacterizationMarchesOn; as the series progresses, the writers realized that a nicer character fit the changing tone better than the original idea. This trope also covers situations where a character with a HiddenHeartOfGold or a JerkassFacade feels safe enough to show his gentler side (in the presence of the main characters, anyway).

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A sweet trope in while which a {{Jerkass}} develops a nicer attitude over time and becomes a genuinely pleasant person (or, at worst, a JerkWithAHeartOfGold). Usually this can be due to CharacterDevelopment. A HeelFaceTurn may be involved as well. In some cases this may be a case of CharacterizationMarchesOn; as the series progresses, the writers realized that a nicer character fit the changing tone better than the original idea. This trope also covers situations where a character with a HiddenHeartOfGold or a JerkassFacade feels safe enough to show his gentler side (in the presence of the main characters, anyway).
15th Jun '17 5:53:59 PM NightShade96
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Contrast TookALevelInJerkass. Compare to DefrostingIceQueen, which focuses on a specific Love Interest bringing an unfriendly character out of her shell.

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Contrast TookALevelInJerkass. Compare to DefrostingIceQueen, which focuses on a specific Love Interest bringing an unfriendly character out of her shell. When a character becomes nicer in an adaptation, that's AdaptationalNiceGuy.
9th Jun '17 5:42:09 AM ngh93
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* ''TheLandBeforeTime'': Cera started out as a stubborn, rude, egotistical and prejudiced brat. She even had the nerve to insult Littlefoot's mother "stupid", [[UngratefulBastard despite the fact that she sacrificed her life to save her and Littlefoot]]. She spends most of the first film bragging about how she can take care of herself...until she nearly gets everyone killed following her way. In the sequels, while still egotistical and hot-headed, she has mellowed out greatly.

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* ''TheLandBeforeTime'': Cera started out as a stubborn, rude, egotistical and prejudiced brat. She even had the nerve to insult call Littlefoot's mother "stupid", [[UngratefulBastard despite the fact that she sacrificed her life to save her and Littlefoot]]. She spends most of the first film bragging about how she can take care of herself...until she nearly gets everyone killed following her way. In the sequels, while still egotistical and hot-headed, she has mellowed out greatly.
8th Jun '17 5:42:10 PM ngh93
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*''TheLandBeforeTime'': Cera started out as a stubborn, rude, egotistical and prejudiced brat. She even had the nerve to insult Littlefoot's mother "stupid", [[UngratefulBastard despite the fact that she sacrificed her life to save her and Littlefoot]]. She spends most of the first film bragging about how she can take care of herself...until she nearly gets everyone killed following her way. In the sequels, while still egotistical and hot-headed, she has mellowed out greatly.
1st May '17 10:13:49 PM StrixObscuro
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* It has been noted by many that, in the New 52, ''Batman'' of all people has taken a major level in kindness, while others have become bigger jerks. Bruce is actively rebuilding Gotham, trying to move on from his parents' death and even seems to be one of the nicer members of the Justice League. While some of this can be seen as the result of ''The Return of Bruce Wayne'', where he came full circle from his previous epic Jerkass characterisation, even stories set before that happened have him as one of the nicer guys.

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* It has been noted by many that, in the New 52, ''Batman'' of all people has taken a major level in kindness, while others have become bigger jerks. Bruce is actively rebuilding Gotham, trying to move on from his parents' death and even seems to be one of the nicer members of the Justice League. While some of this can be seen as the result of ''The Return of Bruce Wayne'', where he came full circle from his previous epic Jerkass characterisation, characterization, even stories set before that happened have him as one of the nicer guys.


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* In ''ComicBook/MsMarvel2014'', Zoe Zimmer starts off as a mean and condescending bitch towards Kamala and Nakia, but over the course of the series, she slowly gets on better terms with them, culminating in [[spoiler:her realizing that she has feelings for Nakia]].
20th Apr '17 12:25:06 AM Thomasfan
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* In ''Machinima/SodortheEarlyYears'', this happens with a fair amount of characters, but Diesel is definitely the most notable. He's close to his ''Literature/TheRailwaySeries'' counterpart in the first few seasons, but as the seasons get more and more deep and complex, Diesel really becomes one of the family. He even apologises to Henry, Gordon and James in 'Bad Apple', much to their shock. He also apologises to Duck the following day on a maintenance of way train (swapping duties with Bear just to do so), only to find Duck had forgiven him, much to ''his'' shock.
18th Apr '17 9:12:00 AM cdrood
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** More or less a case of RealLifeWritesThePlot. He quit drugs, got married, had kids, and found religion. He doesn't deny his past, but has grown up and moved on. It's highlighted in him being one of the few wrestlers of his stature to actually stay retired.
18th Apr '17 9:08:45 AM cdrood
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** Pretty much a recurring theme for the character, except in the original where he went in the opposite direction.
21st Feb '17 1:16:58 AM DoctorNemesis
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* Compared to [[Series/KnowingMeKnowingYouWithAlanPartridge his]] [[Series/ImAlanPartridge other]] [[Literature/IPartridgeWeNeedToTalkAboutAlan appearances]], the Series/AlanPartridge who appears in ''Film/AlanPartridgeAlphaPapa is just a little bit nicer. While he's still a large {{Jerkass}}, he's not quite the ''enormous'' {{Jerkass}} of his other appearances and seems more capable of empathy and kindness. [[spoiler: The ending, where he shows clear pity for Pat on learning of the death of his wife, is one of the few times we ever see him show sympathy for someone else.]]

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* Compared to [[Series/KnowingMeKnowingYouWithAlanPartridge his]] [[Series/ImAlanPartridge other]] [[Literature/IPartridgeWeNeedToTalkAboutAlan appearances]], the Series/AlanPartridge who appears in ''Film/AlanPartridgeAlphaPapa ''Film/AlanPartridgeAlphaPapa'' is just a little bit nicer. While he's still a large {{Jerkass}}, he's not quite the ''enormous'' {{Jerkass}} of his other appearances and seems more capable of empathy and kindness. [[spoiler: The ending, where he shows clear pity for Pat on learning of the death of his wife, is one of the few times we ever see him show sympathy for someone else.]]
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