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5th Mar '17 9:30:28 AM superkeijikun
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* Quite literally in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', Paladin Danse is an utmost supporter of the Brotherhood of Steel and their ideals, and shows nothing but sneering condescension (if not outright hostility) to your other companions when switching them out. When you switch out [[CanineCompanion Dogmeat]] for him, however:

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* Quite literally in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 4}}'', 4}}''
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Paladin Danse is Danse, an utmost supporter of the Brotherhood of Steel and their ideals, and ideals who shows nothing but sneering condescension (if not outright hostility) to your other companions when switching them out. When you switch out [[CanineCompanion Dogmeat]] for him, however:


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** The main story quest "Dangerous Minds" is one such moment for [[spoiler:Kellogg, the ruthless Institute-hired merc who killed your spouse and kidnapped your son. After living for years as a soldier of fortune after his family is murdered by raiders, he is seen caring for Shaun while living in Diamond City under the cover of being a regular dad and his son, the last time in his life he would be able to live as a normal family man.]]
4th Mar '17 8:45:52 PM Prfnoff
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* Frank from VideoGame/LifeIsStrange provides a rather literal example. Although he is presented as a dangerous and violent drug dealer who often threatens Max and Chloe in his quest to get the money he is owed, it is shown that he has a soft spot for dogs. Talking to a certain police officer can reveal that he once rescued a bunch of fight dogs, one of which he kept as his pet and companion. Another, less literal example, is if [[spoiler:you get on his good side during the confrontation in episode 4 and convince him to help you find Rachel.]] If you do that, he'll also [[spoiler:give Chloe her gun back if he took it during an earlier episode.]]

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* Frank from VideoGame/LifeIsStrange ''VideoGame/LifeIsStrange'' provides a rather literal example. Although he is presented as a dangerous and violent drug dealer who often threatens Max and Chloe in his quest to get the money he is owed, it is shown that he has a soft spot for dogs. Talking to a certain police officer can reveal that he once rescued a bunch of fight dogs, one of which he kept as his pet and companion. Another, less literal example, is if [[spoiler:you get on his good side during the confrontation in episode 4 and convince him to help you find Rachel.]] If you do that, he'll also [[spoiler:give Chloe her gun back if he took it during an earlier episode.]]
* ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}'' makes this an important part of a PacifistRun, since many monster encounters can be resolved without fighting if the player performs acts of kindness and affection on them. The specific actions for dogs always include a literal "Pet."
1st Mar '17 3:02:04 PM StFan
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** The Boss gets several in ''SaintsRowIV'', including fighting for the human race, going out of their way to rescue crewmates and saying they'd take the bullet for a freind. Oh, and the DLC where they [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext save Christmas]].]]

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** The Boss gets several in ''SaintsRowIV'', ''VideoGame/SaintsRowIV'', including fighting for the human race, going out of their way to rescue crewmates and saying they'd take the bullet for a freind. Oh, and the DLC where they [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext save Christmas]].]]
25th Feb '17 11:39:19 AM nombretomado
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* An ''AceCombat 4: Shattered Skies'' cutscene shows the enemy ace Yellow 13 holding and petting a small dog. He also [[spoiler: saves the narrator and the barkeeper's daughter from getting caught by military policemen after the latter is seen planting explosives.]]

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* An ''AceCombat 4: Shattered Skies'' ''VideoGame/AceCombat04ShatteredSkies'' cutscene shows the enemy ace Yellow 13 holding and petting a small dog. He also [[spoiler: saves the narrator and the barkeeper's daughter from getting caught by military policemen after the latter is seen planting explosives.]]
21st Feb '17 6:25:47 PM nombretomado
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* The first part of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' ''CrisisCore'' serves as this for pre-insanity Sephiroth by showing that before the notorious mission to Nibelheim, he was actually a [[SugarAndIcePersonality cool, but fairly nice person]] who had friends and worried about them.

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* The first part of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII'' ''CrisisCore'' ''VideoGame/CrisisCore'' serves as this for pre-insanity Sephiroth by showing that before the notorious mission to Nibelheim, he was actually a [[SugarAndIcePersonality cool, but fairly nice person]] who had friends and worried about them.
19th Feb '17 12:40:41 PM Sonofstranger
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** And in case 3-5, she seemed genuinely worried for the emotional well-being of Sister Bikini when everything started falling down around her. She also whipped Phoenix so he would give her words of encouragement. Take that however you will.
15th Feb '17 6:31:42 AM GlitteringFlowers
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** Balrog, of all people, gets one of these in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''. Bison's plans have, apparently, gone to Hell, and Balrog is stomping around the ruined base looking for some treasure to loot before the whole place blows up. He runs into a scared child instead, and opts to carry him out. He only decided to save him ''after'' he discovered he had some sort of special powers, so his motives might not be as altruistic as they seem...

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** Balrog, of all people, gets one of these in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''. Bison's plans have, apparently, gone to Hell, and Balrog is stomping around the ruined base looking for some treasure to loot before the whole place blows up. He runs into a scared child instead, and opts to carry him out. He only decided to save him ''after'' he discovered he had some sort of special powers, so his motives might not be as altruistic as they seem... [[spoiler: ''VideoGame/StreetFighterV'' has the kid, Ed, showing up in some story modes, and it seems he and Balrog ''have'' sorta become [[VitrolicBastBuds friends]].]]
7th Feb '17 5:28:48 PM LentilSandEater
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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' [[PsychoforHire Alice]] gets one in a sidequest, wherein an old lady from Sylvarant is thrown away by a priest from the [[CorruptChurch Church of Martel]] when she requests that he save his son. After Alice and Decus show up and beat up the priest, Alice tells the woman to go to Flanoir, where her son will be given free treatment. This may be because [[spoiler: [[FreudianExcuse Alice's parents were slaughtered by animals on a forced pilgrimage.]] This is also the reason why she believes MightMakesRight.]]
** YMMV; but the [[spoiler:AlasPoorVillain]] moment.
** In a very literal example from the same game, the Mayor of Iselia, who was firmly established as a [[FantasticRacism racist]] JerkAss in the previous game, can be found petting his dog.
** In the original ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Yuan gets one of these in a sidequest as well. After spending the entire game as a cold, impatient, manipulative bastard who appears not to care about even the HeroicSacrifice of his closest subordinate, you follow him across both worlds on a sidequest where he's searching for something that he sharply refuses to explain. [[spoiler:Turns out it was his engagement ring to Martel, and when he finds out that Lloyd was the one who picked it up, he's willing to literally beg for its return.]]

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* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'' ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'':
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[[PsychoforHire Alice]] gets one in a sidequest, wherein an old lady from Sylvarant is thrown away by a priest from the [[CorruptChurch Church of Martel]] when she requests that he save his son. After Alice and Decus show up and beat up the priest, Alice tells the woman to go to Flanoir, where her son will be given free treatment. This may be because [[spoiler: [[FreudianExcuse Alice's parents were slaughtered by animals on a forced pilgrimage.]] This is also the reason why she believes MightMakesRight.]]
** YMMV; but the [[spoiler:AlasPoorVillain]] moment.
** In a very literal example from the same game, the Mayor of Iselia, who was firmly established as a [[FantasticRacism racist]] JerkAss in the previous game, can be found petting his dog.
** In the original ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', * ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'': Yuan gets one of these in a sidequest as well. After spending the entire game as a cold, impatient, manipulative bastard who appears not to care about even the HeroicSacrifice of his closest subordinate, you follow him across both worlds on a sidequest where he's searching for something that he sharply refuses to explain. [[spoiler:Turns out it was his engagement ring to Martel, and when he finds out that Lloyd was the one who picked it up, he's willing to literally beg for its return.]]
10th Jan '17 10:23:25 PM Nicoaln
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* At one point in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyAdventures'', a random man helps out the player rescue the girl. It turns out that that man is [[spoiler: Julius, the BigBad]] and the hero even thinks to ask why he helped him out. [[spoiler: Julius]] mentions that he wasn't sure that the girl the hero was trying to save was the girl that [[spoiler: Julius]] wanted - meaning he essentially helped the hero out for no apparent benefit to himself since [[spoiler: Julius doesn't even help the hero beyond getting him the book of fire that he needs.]]
29th Nov '16 10:23:28 AM dotchan
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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': In the [[AllThereInTheManual supplemental comics]], the otherwise morally questionable mercenaries draw the line when children are involved, and always act kindly towards them. (Even if, in the case of BLU Spy, "acting kindly" means [[spoiler: teaching a little kid how to use an icicle as a weapon so he doesn't get kidnapped]].)

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* ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'': In ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'':
** As nasty they are to
the enemy, RED and BLU are portrayed both in [[AllThereInTheManual the official supplemental comics]], comics]] and fanworks as surrogate family members for one another. In-game behavior depends on who's playing, but the game definitely rewards working together and helping one another out, and all classes also have genuinely nice things to say to teammates either through [[TauntButton dedicated button press]] or triggered automatically.
** The comics also add another dimension to
the otherwise morally questionable mercenaries mercenaries: even they draw the line when children are involved, and always act kindly towards them. (Even if, in the case of BLU Spy, "acting kindly" means [[spoiler: teaching a little kid how to use an icicle as a weapon so he doesn't get kidnapped]].)
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