* Stan Smith from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad''. He still has his Jerkass moments, but the show's CharacterDevelopment did him a lot of good.
** The large majority of the Smith family have gone in a similar direction to a lesser extent (par Roger who [[TookALevelInJerkass swerved several times in the opposite direction]], likely to balance the more sympathetic characters by acting as a TokenEvilTeammate.
** The episode ''Frannie 911' revolves around this trope, in which Roger tries to be nicer so he can win back the family's love. However, it turns out that being nice is lethal for Roger's kind, and has to be a jerk if we wants to live.
*** Even Roger seems to be getting ''slightly'' tamer. While he still has a few highly malicious moments, he does on occasion show genuine sympathy to the other Smiths (particularly Stan) and even shows capability of learning a Aesop (something he was previously [[JerkWithAHeartOfJerk completely incapable of doing]]). At the very least he doesn't seem quite as outspokenly callous as he was in the third and fourth season.
* Stewie Griffin from ''FamilyGuy'', combined with some BadassDecay. Still, it's interesting to watch how the original [[TokenEvilTeammate "evil" character]] become much kinder while his family TookALevelInJerkass.
** Meg similarly is far less [[BrattyTeenageDaughter bratty and self centered]] in recent seasons, if perhaps only because [[ButtMonkey she's so desperate for affection]].
* [[TheSimpsons Homer Simpson]]. During season 1 he used to be angry all the time, but he became sweeter after season 2. Then, when the show's {{Flanderization}} kicked in, he TookALevelInJerkass.
** Though DependingOnTheWriter, he occasionally snaps back to being nice, then back to a jerk, and so on. This evolution had begun since the show's beginning. Even Season One Homer is a far more sentimental and devoted father in comparison to his counterpart in ''The Tracey Ullman Show'' shorts.
** And then there's "Alone Again, Natura-Diddily", where Homer promises to treat Ned Flanders less like a SitcomArchNemesis, complete with a SingleTear (this was in response to Ned's [[spoiler:wife dying in a freak accident]], so they had to make him act nicer toward Ned).
*** The one episode where he becomes friends with Flanders, [[SnapBack he's back to hating him by the end]].
* Dale Gribble from ''KingOfTheHill'' evolved from a crazy, slightly sociopathic JerkAss into a still crazy but much more likable character as the series wore on. Kahn never fully stopped being a condescending jackass, but he did eventually find some common ground with Hank and the rest of his neighbors and came to grudgingly consider them friends of his.
* Prince Zuko from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'', during season 3.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'', after losing his bending Tahno initiates a friendly conversation with Korra, despite their previous rivalry.
* Agent Six in ''GeneratorRex'', in the episode "String Theory" where the seemingly mindlessly loyal agent actually defused the nuclear bomb rather than allow millions of innocents to die.
** Cemented later in "Promises promises" when we see how much he had to do with Rex being accepted by the group.
** Even ruthlessly hardened [[KnightTemplar White Knight]] learned to loosen up in later episodes. So much so that in the finale he [[spoiler:freed Six from his duty to kill Rex if the latter's {{Kaiju}} form ever manifests]].
* Due to [[HeelFaceTurn Heel Face Turns]], Kevin Levin in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Ben 10}}'' metaseries, and later [[spoiler: Charmcaster. To say nothing of the entire Highbreed species...]]
* While more a difference in interpretation than a canonical evolution in personality, Eeyore in Disney's ''[[WesternAnimation/TheManyAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh Winnie the Pooh]]'' {{Animated Adaptation}}s was given a much gentler persona in comparison to his original novel counterpart. This evolved to the point that [[TheEeyore Eeyore]] is distinguished as one of the most recognisable [[TheWoobie Woobies]] in WesternAnimation.
* Buford from ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb,'' who was a bully in his first appearance, a PunchClockVillain in his second, and afterward only makes token attempts to pretend he doesn't like everybody else.
* Film historian Leonard Maltin notes that when MickeyMouse first arrived on the screens, he was hardly a model of good behaviour. Mickey soon evolved into TheEveryman, with the JerkAss torch being passed to DonaldDuck.
* June from ''KaBlam'' became this in season four. She still had some cynical moments, but she became a lot nicer.
* In ''RegularShow'', [[FatIdiot Muscle Man]] has undergone this. Formerly a JerkAss, he's become a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who views Mordecai and Rigby as friends.
** [[RunningGag You know who else views Mordecai and Rigby as friends?]]
** Everyone has undergone this development, basically. Benson has been more understanding of the duo after "Benson be Gone" and admits he doesn't hate them in "Busted Cart", and Mordecai only punches Rigby now when he says or does something stupid.
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Yosemite Sam]] goes from mean in the original shorts to nice in ''TheLooneyTunesShow''.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'':
** In the episode "Hurricane Fluttershy", three episodes after we see Angel Bunny at his nastiest--he's comforting a distraught Fluttershy and helping her improve her flying.
** Rainbow Dash TookALevelInKindness in "Call of the Cutie" where she eagerly helped Apple Bloom in an attempt to get her cutie mark. Unfortunately, that ended up being the Cutie Mark Crusader's [[NiceJobBreakingItHero M.O]].
*** Rainbow Dash TookALevelInKindness in the later half of Season 2 as well as Season 3. For example, Rainbow Dash originally had little patience dealing with [[ShrinkingViolet Fluttershy's]] meekness, considering Dash is generally a [[HotBlooded brash, impulsive speedster]] while Fluttershy is generally shy and withdrawn from pony society. Compared to Dragonshy, where Fluttershy's weaknesses drove Rainbow Dash crazy, in Hurricane Fluttershy, Dash patiently supported Fluttershy up to and including the very end, regardless of how Fluttershy performed. ThePowerofFriendship can greatly influence one's character. Another example is with [[HeroWorshipper Scootaloo]], whom Rainbow Dash initially dismissed as a "pipsqueak" in Owl's Well That Ends Well and treated as a garbage mare. In Sleepless In Ponyville and even in The Mysterious Mare-Do-Well when Dash suffered from AcquiredSituationalNarcissism, Dash developed sort of a CoolBigSis relationship with her as she was seen affectionately calling her a "squirt" and taking her under her wings. Her heart of gold expanded even more when Rainbow Dash, as daring and bold as she is, admonishes [[ShadowArchetype Lightning Dust,]] a pony with all Dash's jerk but none of her [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold heart of gold,]] for placing momentary accomplishments over the well-being of her friends and her fellow classmates in Wonderbolts Academy. Rainbow Dash showed even though she has done "nutty stuff", she has enough standards so as to never endanger anypony's lives. Rainbow Dash showed more of her heart of gold throughout the series.
*** Her CharacterDevelopment has been such that by Season 4's ''Flight to the Finish'' she's been asked by Ms. Harshwhinny herself to coach the young ponies of Ponyville to carry the flag for the Equestrian Games, making her something of a ReasonableAuthorityFigure.
** Twilight Sparkle starts out as a shut-in who sees other ponies (besides princess Celestia) as constant obstructions keeping her from getting things done. (Studying, finding the Elements of Harmony, that sort of thing.) At the end of the second episode, she's not only realized that friendship is a remarkable magic of its own, but having friends feels ''good''.
** [[spoiler:The Great and Powerful Trixie in "Magic Duel", after the [[ArtifactOfDoom Alicorn Amulet]] is removed, freeing her from TheCorruption. She shows her gratitude by helping Twilight's act with fireworks, [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone genuinely apologizing for her actions]], and [[HeelFaceTurn leaving on good terms with Twilight.]] Though she's still a LargeHam, but that just seems to be her personality.]]
*** [[spoiler:YMMV on Trixie. It could be considered that her apology was just to save face. It's not likely she's completely on good terms with Twilight yet.]]
** [[spoiler:Discord]] after realizing that [[spoiler:Fluttershy genuinely wanted to be his friend and he didn't want to risk losing that friendship.]]
*** [[spoiler:He embraces just how valuable friendship is after [[{{BigBad}} Lord Tirek]] betrays him in the Season 4 finale.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'':
** Sheila Broflovski has undergone this. In ''[[TheMovie South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut]]'', she's a KnightTemplarParent who declares ''war'' against Canada, and advocates the genocide of anyone with Canadian ancestry, solely because she doesn't want her children exposed to swearing. In later episodes, however, she is much more subdued and open-minded. Compare her actions in the movie to her portrayal in 'Mr. Garrison's Fancy New Vagina', where she scolds her husband for condemning Mr. Garrison's sex change.
** Stan and Kyle (and to some extent Kenny) also gained shades of this. In earlier episodes, they were basically lower scale versions of [[JerkAss Cartman]], obnoxious {{Bratty Half Pint}}s who had nothing against bullying or manipulating anyone lower on the chain than themselves. As Cartman TookALevelInJerkass however, they were mellowed out to act as foils to him and the other [[OnlySaneMan increasingly insane residents of the town]]. This is particularly prevailent in their treatment of [[ButtMonkey Butters]], while they mistreated him just as frequently as Cartman in season six, as early as season seven they are on more friendly terms and take exception to using him as a patsy for a prank gone wrong.
** '''Eric Cartman''' himself has come to this territory. If you believe that his actions do see a character so evil and despicable, watch the episode "The Death of Eric Cartman", in it, Cartman seeks self-redemption by believing that he was dead. Another good example of this would be by the end of the episode "Jewpacabra" where he finally accepts the Jews.
*** Speaking of Cartman, in general, has taken quite a level of kindness from the season 16 and the end of season 15, being less racist and evil, trying to show respect for Kyle in many expectations and even befriending him.
* The Ice King and The Earl of Lemongrab get these in ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''. The Ice King goes from being a villain to being a mere nuisance who tries to hang out with Finn and Jake because he wants to be their friend. Lemongrab [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming becomes a nicer person]] after Princess Bubblegum makes him a clone of himself so he won't be lonely and misunderstood- which leads to him releasing his prisoners who, apparently, no longer harbor any ill will towards him. In following episodes, Lemongrab is shown to be a little bit calmer and a little bit less resentful of other people.
** Later subverted, however, in the case of Lemongrab. He initially seems to be getting better after his clone is made (though still an asshole), but he takes a hard turn for the MoralEventHorizon in "Too Old".
* Razer in ''WesternAnimation/GreenLanternTheAnimatedSeries'' takes several levels in kindness over the course of the series. [[spoiler: His love for Aya and the hope in his heart call a Blue Power Ring to him at the end of the series.]]
* Count on Zhalia from ''WesternAnimation/HuntikSecretsAndSeekers'' being this when it comes to her [[DefrostingIceQueen defrosting]]. There's more; in episode 17, she goes from [[spoiler:[[TheMole spying]] for the Organization to [[BecomingTheMask joining the Huntik team for real]].]]
* Rose from ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDragonJakeLong'' has this in season 2, following the moment of finding out Jake is the American Dragon by the season 1 finale.
* ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' started off as a cheeky, {{attention|Whore}}-seeking BrattyHalfPint, and even [[AcquiredSituationalNarcissism became noticeably arrogant after he was given his own branch line]] in the first two seasons, although a couple of BreakTheHaughty moments kept him in check, but as of season 3 and on-wards, he became more kind and altruistic, especially in ''Trust Thomas'' where he agreed to do James' work despite that James was pretending to be sick, and even showed no hard feelings when he apologized for playing said trick.
** A few other engines have undergone this. Sir Handel and Henry in particular are far less rude and pompous, while James himself has become less snide and bad tempered, evolving more into a lovably vain MrViceGuy.
* Scott in ''TotalDrama All Stars'' is a lot nicer to his teammates and everyone else in general than in ''Revenge of the Island''.
* Valerie Grey from ''WesternAnimation/DannyPhantom'' started out the series as a RichBitch who at one point sent Kwan after Danny because he accidentally ruined her sweater. Her dad losing her fortune turned her into a ghost hunter with a nasty vendetta against Danny Phantom. She soon moved past her shallow viewpoint, and became friends with Danny, to the point of breaking off a romantic relationship to protect ''him''. And while her grudge against Phantom never went away, she grew more noble as a ghost hunter [[spoiler: even willing to save Dani Phantom, when she found out she was half-ghost.]]
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