Created By: 313Bluestreak on December 18, 2012 Last Edited By: 313Bluestreak on September 25, 2013
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Kindness Button

Certain things that make a character pleasant.

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The opposite of Berserk Button where a person does something that makes another person unpleasant, especially if it has bad consequences. Kindness Button is when you do something that a person finds so pleasant that he seems to enjoy it and even praise you for it, which you will obviously like. Or you do something you know the person likes. You give a compliment to the poor depressed girl and she will smile at you, and who knows, she might even go out with you.

Rare cases would be doing something so nice to someone who's a Jerkass which will turn him into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold or even a Nice Guy. Also, apologizing and making amends with others you've wronged might make them calm down and become happy with you can also be examples of this trope (although using a certain thing they like can easily earn you forgiveness). Often people who's afraid of angering someone (especially people with Hair-Trigger Temper) will push that someone's button. Doing so is often also make the presser Easily Forgiven if they're already guilty of something.

This can invoke the philosophy that Good Feels Good. This can lead the character to be friendly to the other because they were nice to said character. Often related to Morality Pet and Morality Chain where the former is when a character shows kindness to the Jerkass and earns gratitude for it or just mentioning this is enough to soften the tough character up while the latter is about a character being the only reason why he remains on the side of good. It can be Cuteness Proximity if the thing in question is a cute fluffy animal. The non-sexual variant of Code Word Coitus.

Examples:

Anime & Manga
  • Hanaukyō Maid Tai: Head security maid Konoe Tsuragi is normally very strict and shows no positive emotions. However, when she's in the presence of the puppy Fenris (and in private) she melts and becomes more pleasant because he's so cute.
  • K-on: Mugi's cakes and other sweets. Puts everyone in a good mood.

Literature
  • In the children's book Black and Blue Magic Harry Marco is given a Magical Elixer which gives him wings. He uses a neighbor's carriage house to take off and land from. He discovers later on that the wife has seen him and, thinking he is a "vision" of an angel, takes it as a sign to amend her shrewish ways.
  • In Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Fluffy the three-headed dog calms down and fall asleep when he hears music.
  • Played for Laughs in Monday Begins on Saturday where the extremely quarrelsome old woman Naina Kievna (strongly implied to be none other than Baby Yaga) turns into the kindest grandmother when Privalov semi-accidentally makes a sound that is probably best described as "dental click".

Live-Action TV
  • My Name Is Earl: In the Backstory to "Made a Woman Think I was God", Earl made a woman think he was God by speaking to her through her radio, which made her a much nicer person and she became a nun. When he 'fesses up, Hilarity Ensues.
  • On Scrubs, Dr. Kelso has one "good" day (following the only time per year he and his wife have a romantic evening together) where he's actually in a good mood. Everyone takes advantage of this to ask him to sign off on things (like hospital equipment). It turns out invoked this trope; he isn't really any happier on that day, but he pretends to be so people will only bother him once a year.

Visual Novels
  • Apollo Justice: Ema Skye is normally a grumpy person, especially when Klavier is around. But ask her for help doing scientific investigation and her perky personality from her youth shows up.

Web Comics
  • Invoked in one arc of Something*Positive: in order to keep Pee-Jee from doing something stupid (start beating the crap out of her boss' shallow, racist girlfriend), random pictures of cats are regularly sent to her mobile just before she snaps.

Western Animation
  • In The Fairly Oddparents episode, "Tiny Timmy", when Timmy visits Vicky's brain, he finds out her emotions are controlled by little people in chairs. One in particular who represented her kindness never showed up for work, so he turns it on himself, suddenly making Vicky a kind and caring person.
  • In Family Guy, what made Peter to easily earn the love of his kids again after telling them that he hates being around them is buying them an Xbox.
  • In an episode of The Simpsons, Lisa discovers a pheremone she dubs "ponidextrose" which is given off by nerds, triggering bullies to bully them. Lisa uses a spray of salad dressing to block the bully's scent receptors, rendering the bully unbullying. (The latter would be this trope.)

Community Feedback Replies: 15
  • December 19, 2012
    Koveras

    I have no idea how that part of the novel was translated to English, since I've only ever read it in Russian.
  • December 19, 2012
    Waterlily
    This is probably often related to Morality Pet. Either a character shows kindness to the Morality Pet of a Jerkass and earns gratitude for it or just mentioning this is enough to soften the tough charcter up.
  • December 19, 2012
    Arivne
    Would this include situations and things that make someone more friendly?

    Anime and Manga
    • Hanaukyo Maid Tai. Head security maid Konoe Tsuragi is normally very strict and shows no positive emotions. However, when she's in the presence of the puppy Fenris (and in private) she melts and becomes more pleasant because he's so cute.
  • December 19, 2012
    Voyd211
    K-on: Mugi's cakes and other sweets. Puts everyone in a good mood.
  • February 17, 2013
    Bisected8
    I'm not sure if this quite fits, but;

    • On Scrubs, Dr. Kelso has one "good" day (following the only time per year he and his wife have a romantic evening together) where he's actually in a good mood. Everyone takes advantage of this to ask him to sign off on things (like hospital equipment). It turns out invoked this trope; he isn't really any happier on that day, but he pretends to be so people will only bother him once a year.
  • February 17, 2013
    KTera
    Might be Cuteness Proximity, if the thing in question is a cute fluffy animal.
  • February 17, 2013
    randomsurfer
    In an episode of The Simpsons Lisa discovers a pheremone she dubs "ponidextrose" which is given off by nerds, triggering bullies to bully them. Lisa uses a spray of salad dressing to block the bully's scent receptors, rendering the bully unbullying. (The latter would be this trope.)
  • June 12, 2013
    randomsurfer
    • My Name Is Earl: In the Backstory to "Made a Woman Think I was God" Earl made a woman think he was God by speaking to her through her radio, which made her a much nicer person and she became a nun. When he 'fesses up, Hilarity Ensues.
    • In the children's book Black and Blue Magic Harry Marco is given a Magical Elixer which gives him wings. He uses a neighbor's carriage house to take off and land from. He discovers later on that the wife has seen him and, thinking he is a "vision" of an angel, takes it as a sign to amend her shrewish ways.
  • June 13, 2013
    Chabal2
    Invoked in one arc of Something Positive: in order to keep Pee-Jee from doing something stupid (start beating the crap out of her boss' shallow, racist girlfriend), random pictures of cats are regularly sent to her mobile just before she snaps.
  • June 13, 2013
    DennisDunjinman
    The non-sexual variant of Code Word Coitus. Laconic of that trope is "Desired mate likes X. Mention X, and desired mate will immediately fall for you".
  • June 13, 2013
    Goldude
  • September 25, 2013
    DAN004
    Often people who's afraid of angering someone (especially people with Hair Trigger Temper) will push that someone's button. Doing so is often also make the presser Easily Forgiven if they're already guilty of something.

    Should be noted, though, that coerced version of this (i.e forcing/blackmailing someone to be nice to you) as well as bribing someone to be nice doesn't count. Or does it?
  • September 25, 2013
    Snicka
    Do things and actions that calm down monsters qualify? In that case:

  • September 25, 2013
    FlyingDuckManGenesis
    • In The Fairly Oddparents episode, "Tiny Timmy", when Timmy visits Vicky's brain, he finds out her emotions are controlled by little people in chairs. One in particular who represented her kindness never showed up for work, so he turns it on himself, suddenly making Vicky a kind and caring person.
  • September 25, 2013
    henke37
    • Apollo Justice: Ema Skye is normally a grumpy person, especially when Klavier is around. But ask her for help doing scientific investigation and her perky personality from her youth shows up.

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