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->''"No day goes by where I am not tempted to return to my inborn nature. ''Zin krif haalvut se suleyk.''[[note]]Approximately, "honor fights the touch of power."[[/note]] What is better? To be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?"''
-->-- '''Paarthurnax''', ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim''

BeingEvilSucks, though not all baddies [[HeelRealization realize]] this or [[ForTheEvulz care]]. What really sucks about it is that those that want to give GoodFeelsGood a try often find it near impossible to [[BecameTheirOwnAntithesis fully pull]] a HeelFaceTurn. This isn't for lack of trying, but because they're a [[OurDemonsAreDifferent demon]], vampire, or other AlwaysChaoticEvil critter whose very body is MadeOfEvil. Kinda hard to walk into a temple and pray for {{forgiveness}} when you [[HolyBurnsEvil spontaneously combust]] by crossing the threshold. This is a big reason why [[TheVirus humans turned to monsters]] who [[HeroicWillpower held onto]] [[TranshumanTreachery their humanity]] will angst at their [[{{Hell}} abysmal]] fate.

So, what to do? {{Fall|enAngel}} [[OppositeTropes in reverse]], and become an Ascended Demon!

The demon looking to ascend has a few avenues to explore. The most common are to go on a literal or metaphorical quest to FindTheCure. If their "evil nature" is biologically based, like [[OurVampiresAreDifferent viral vampirism]] or [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent hereditary lycanthropy]], finding the recipe for an ancient cure or researching a new one is one possibility. When it's mystical, getting an artifact (usually a holy relic) is another. The metaphorical route requires they try and get a [[GodIsGood benevolent god]] to [[PowersAsPrograms "reformat"]] them [[PinocchioSyndrome into a human]] or even angelic body. This often requires doing [[RedemptionQuest lots of good deeds]] or [[EnlightenmentSuperpower having an epiphany on the nature of good]]. Sometimes, just getting a soul in itself is enough to earn salvation from the NothingAfterDeath and a {{Reincarnation}} as a [[BecomeARealBoy non]]-AlwaysChaoticEvil being.

Because GoodIsDumb, there's a fair chance that by [[RedemptionDemotion refusing their evil nature]] they [[DePower lose]] or [[PowerLimiter dampen]] all of those nifty powers, though it also likely removes [[WeaksauceWeakness several]] [[FlawExploitation exploitable]] [[WeaponizedWeakness weaknesses]]. Of course, such a feat may well do the opposite and take the [[{{Curse}} "Suck"]] out of BlessedWithSuck, and make them a [[RedemptionPromotion top tier angel]].

Though by nature the Ascended Demon will be very rare[[note]](rising from evil is much harder than SlowlySlippingIntoEvil, after all, see Milton's page quote on TheAtoner)[[/note]] it's not uncommon for there to be a {{mentor}} who has done this before and is willing to sponsor them, or more tragically, ''failed'' and wants them to succeed as a redemption by proxy. If they really ''are'' the first to pull it off, an author might {{invert|edTrope}} the LastOfHisKind and have the Ascended Demon [[MonstersAnonymous redeem some or all of their peers]] and reveal they were GoodAllAlong. This is especially poignant if the demons were once [[FallenAngel angels who fell.]] Expect an EnemyCivilWar to follow as demon-kind is divided between "loyalists" and "redemptionists". In fact, just check out the FallenAngel page; it has ''far'' more examples than this one does.

It's not all rainbows and lollipops though. Aside from the fear of backsliding into evil, the Ascended Demon has made enemies of his former kind,[[note]](which might not be much worse for them since they're AlwaysChaoticEvil, remember?)[[/note]] and likely faces the [[ReformedButRejected distrust]] of the good guys at the chance they're a FalselyReformedVillain. On the whole, Ascended Demons are a good way to avoid/avert the TheUsualAdversaries and change the situation that states AlwaysChaoticEvil races are completely irredeemable. It's usually used to provide AnAesop that ''everyone'' can earn {{forgiveness}}.

Not to be confused with [[DemonOfHumanOrigin ascending (descending?) to demonhood]]. Compare GrewBeyondTheirProgramming, when [=AIs=] or robots ascend to a more humanlike level of emotion and development. If a human redeems by faith, see HeelFaithTurn.



[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Chrono from ''Manga/ChronoCrusade'' is a demon, but he fights on the side of good, even working for a ChurchMilitant group.
* All the main demons in ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'' quickly find that, once traveling to Earth and [[HumanityEnsues becoming human]], they can live quite happy lives just going about as normal humans would. The protagonist, Satan, discovers that his charismatic personality and ability to lead make him the perfect assistant manager at the local [[WcDonalds MgRonald's]], and his roommates/former generals, Ashiya and Lucifer, take time to work as house-caretaker/errand runner and token emo friend, respectively. Ironically, the only characters portrayed as actually malicious are the CorruptChurch leaders, and the Archangel Sarue, who captures and tortures Emilia for believing she has come to sympathize with the Devil once she arrived on Earth (which he was right about). Satan ends up saving her with the help of Church assassin, Crestia, and they all [[GodKartingWithBeelzebub begrudgingly learn to get along]].
* ''Anime/DigimonTamers'': Impmon's FromNobodyToNightmare story turned him from a weak SmallNameBigEgo into a BadassBiker. Not just a regular biker, but one who is known as one of the Seven Great Demon Lords, Beelzebumon. And a HeroKiller as well. However, after getting his life spared by the person whose Digimon he has killed and then being brought back to the Real World by the people he just betrayed and almost killed, Impmon gets the chance to reunite and reconcile with his two partners he had left prior to the beginning of the series. With their PowerOfFriendship and PowerOfLove, Beelzebumon changes into his Blast Mode, his true Ultimate Level.[[note]]Not to be confused with the Ultimate Level in the English dub, which is known as Perfect Level in Japan.[[/note]] Beelzebumon Blast Mode has black, angel-like wings and his {{red eyes|TakeWarning}} turn green, the same color he has as Impmon, symbolizing his ascension to a NobleDemon.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In the first appearance of Necron in ''Franchise/GreenLantern'', one of his minions demonstrates great courage and disagrees with his boss' invasion of the living universe. He "ascends" to become a Green Lantern that's free of Necron's influence.
* Though ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} never becomes fully human or loses his demon heritage, he's a very persistent AntiAntiChrist. To the point that in one story his spilled blood [[FertileFeet sprouts lilies.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Batman}} & {{Dracula}}: [[ComicBook/BatmanVampire Red Rain]]'' had this happen to vampires- Batman is completely unharmed by crucifixes and holy water so long as he never drinks human blood- although Joker's OhCrap reaction was a bit {{narm}}y.
* Providing the Trope Image, ComicBook/{{Spawn}} once cast off his BadassCape for a pair of wings when he became a PhysicalGod and stopped Armageddon. [[StatusQuoIsGod Soon afterwards he gave up the power and went back to being a brooding demonic antihero]].

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In ''Fanfic/ManchesterLost'', A ''Literature/GoodOmens'' fic, [[spoiler: NobleDemon Crowley]] becomes this through the PowerOfLove. [[spoiler: He reverts back in the sequel, ''Fanfic/ParadiseThwarted''. Opposites attract etc.]]
* In the supercrossover military fanfiction series, ''FanFic/TheTerminatorsArmyOfLegend'', Necrodusk, a high ranking "archdemon" born into series' central protagonist Alex Vaughn is awakened by a fallen comrade during a vicious HoldTheLine battle that was pitting the small ten to twenty member Alpha Company against an encircling division of nearly a thousand LKA (the main antagonistic force of Volumes I and II). With Necrodusk possessing Alex, transforming him into an EldritchAbomination, they wasted the division and held until reinforcements could arrive. With Necrodusk now awakened from his slumber, he often served as a secondary, more sinister conscience for Alex until gradually growing to befriend his host, even going so far as to reconsider his morality. One of Alex's comrades, Terrias, is slain in battle, and the duo are forced to undergo a hellish gladiatorial-style stay in the Devil's Arena. They escape, and as {{Satan}} is about to close the gateway out of Hell, Necrodusk jumps to the rescue to fend them off, allowing Alex and Terrias the time they needed to make their escape back to Earth, following with his call, "I have seen the light". When another antagonistic force, the [[LegionOfDoom ''Caeda'' Militia]], travel to Installation 02 of the Halo array to resurrect old enemies of the Terminator Militia, Necrodusk is released from his prison, returning to his host, having abandoned his demonic ways, desiring to regain his grace. [[spoiler:It is later discovered that he is one half of the [[TheGrimReaper one true Reaper]], the Archangel Messorem, the other half being reincarnated into Alex, and that a [[TheProphecy prophecy]] states that Messorem will be reformed and brought back into Heaven to usher in the apocalypse.]]
* Used in the ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/Series-1183 Coven of Reformed Supernaturals]]'' series, specifically in the second story ''[[https://www.tthfanfic.org/Story-17637/MarcusSLazarus+The+Gathering+of+Supernatural+Psychopaths.htm The Gathering of Supernatural Psychopaths]]''; Cole Turner of ''Series/Charmed'', who was [[FutureMeScaresMe both the main villain and founding member of the Coven]] in the first story, is brought back to life in ''Gathering'' as a 'Goldlighter', essentially a warrior version of Whitelighters who are intended to actively fight evil rather than just advise others.

* In ''Film/TheDeathsOfIanStone'' the Harvesters aren't really evil per se... but being extra-dimensional spirits that live off fear, and have long ago become addicted to the fear of a human facing death (and the easiest way to get that is to kill people), they are pretty close to AlwaysChaoticEvil. However [[spoiler:a renegade Harvester has found an alternate power source capable of killing the other evil Harvesters... [[ThePowerOfLove Love]].]]
* ''Film/GhostRiderSpiritOfVengeance'': [[spoiler:It's implied in the ending The Ghost Rider became this]].
* ''Film/WarmBodies'' has R and the zombies who witness or hear about his loving and being loved by a human reject their zombie nature and want something different, trying to make peace with humanity. [[spoiler: This amazingly rekindles their emotional, mental, and ''physical'' humanity, and they start to come back to life. The "makes enemies of their former kind" part kicks in when the Bonies-- those zombies so far gone into hunger and darkness that all skin and most flesh has rotted off-- start seeing them as food because of their return to the ranks of the living.]]
* In the film ''Film/{{Noah}},'' a group of demons known as the [[spoiler:Watchers, former angels who have been cast out of heaven and encased in stone for their transgressions , help build the ark. When it is completed and they are defending the ark from a attack by Cain's descendants,]] god calls them home and they shoot into the sky, becoming angels again.
* ''Film/DarkAngelTheAscent'': Veronica is a young demoness who runs away from her family in Hell to experience what life is like on Earth. Upon arrival she becomes essentially human, at least in appearance.

* Creator/SimonRGreen's ''[[Literature/{{Nightside}} Tales from the Nightside]]'' series has Pretty Poison, an angel who fell to become a succubus and then re-ascended to angel.
* In ''Literature/{{The Guardians|MeljeanBrook}}'', [[spoiler: Lilith]] is a human-demon hybrid bound to serve [[{{Satan}} Lucifer]], but through ThePowerOfLove she manages to renounce her demonic side and Ascend to full humanity.
* According to the ''Literature/ArsGoetia'', several demons listed in it aspire to become this, and actually delude themselves into thinking they'll succeed, after a set amount of hellish penance. Given that these demons also usually [[ScienceIsBad teach mankind various sciences and natural wonders when summoned]], one has to wonder if there's [[UnfortunateImplications some form of cosmic irony in play, there...]]
* In the ''LightNovel/DisgaeaNovels'', this happens to [[spoiler: Vyers/Midboss.]]
* While operating as a sort of NobleDemon to begin with, [[EmotionEater Extirpon]] in ''The Gerosha Chronicles'' views himself as an ascended demon when he unlocks the ''other half'' of his Marlquaanite abilities - the ability to heal others when charging up positive energy. With negative emotional energy from others, he was only able to heal himself, and otherwise had only the power to destroy, humiliate, and undermine. His blue-purple glow effects switch over to glowing white and gold when channeling his "positive battery."
* In Tolkien's ''Literature/TheSilmarillion'', the Maia (angel) Ossë had thrown in his lot with [[{{Satan}} Melkor]], but eventually repented and returned to the good side. The book doesn't make clear just "how far" he fell, since he was not one of those who fell right at the beginning during the Ainulindalë. Nevertheless, he was fighting with the demons against the angels for a while there. Though in most ways he tried to make Arda 100% compatible with Catholicism, Tolkien explicitly disagreed with the idea that anyone could be truly irredeemable.
** Of course it's also implied at, as the Maia deputized to be in charge of coastal regions and inland seas, he went on the be worshiped as [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Poseidon.]] [[JerkassGods So it's unclear just how far he ascended, either.]]
* In the ''Literature/YoungWizards'' series, the [[spoiler: Lone Power Itself]] eventually gets redeemed... but since as one of the Powers That Be It's outside time, Its evil iterations continue to exist and cause trouble in the series even after Its redemption.
* A variation in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': [[spoiler: Harry briefly touches and rejects a coin possessed by the FallenAngel Lasciel, who cannot fully possess him but leaves a "shadow" in his mind to try and corrupt him into fully accepting the coin. However, while Lasciel herself is eternal, unchangeable and irredeemable, the sentient image that is left in Harry's mind is only as unchanging as the mortal brain she inhabits, and over the course of several years she changes and develops a personality of her own. She eventually comes to care for Harry so much that she performs a HeroicSacrifice with a psychic version of TakingTheBullet. There is no record of this ever happening before because either those events were never recorded or the records were destroyed, leading to the general idea that all previous shadows have managed to tempt their hosts into fully accept the coin in such a short time that the shadow has no chance to change, but Harry is too much of a {{Determinator}} to be broken that easily.]]
* ''Literature/GoodOmens'' sees the demon Anthony Crowley desperately consider defecting and asking for political asylum in Heaven after offending Hell.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' and ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** Angel wanted to be this.
** Spike arguably became this as he voluntarily chose to have his soul restored (whereas Angel's was forced upon him and always forced back in unwillingly when he loses it). The comic continuation of the series further reinforces this: vampires (apart from the ensouled Spike and Angel) are established to be AlwaysChaoticEvil due to a lack of a soul but after temporarily losing his own soul, Spike ''remains good'' and only does not take his soul back (initially) because he wanted to give it to someone else.
* ''Series/ForeverKnight'', sometimes.
* ''Series/{{Reaper}}'' had a group of demons (all FallenAngels) who were trying to overthrow Lucifer through being nice. When they decided to stop playing the long game and just kill TheDevil, Steve was the one dissenter who pointed out that it defeated the entire point. When the devil [[CurbStompBattle shows up and kills the entire army]], Steve apparently ascended to angelhood after death, though the finale indicates that angels [[GoodIsNotNice can be pretty ruthless when they need to be]].
* Not a good idea if you're a demon in ''Series/{{Charmed}}''. Cole tried this, and he died. Kyra also tried this, and she also died. Finally, Drake also tried this, and he was successful, for a year. Then he died (although this was part of the terms of the deal that made him human in the first place).
* ''Series/TheGoodPlace'' has [[spoiler:Michael]] attempting to become one in Season Two, in much the same way that Eleanor aimed to grow as a person throughout Season One. [[spoiler:By the end of "Rhonda, Diana, Jake and Trent," he's certainly succeeded from a moral standpoint, though he hasn't yet been allowed to formally defect to The Good Place.]]

* The PowerMetal band Music/RhapsodyOfFire uses this trope too in their epic saga that covers a total of nine studio albums and some extended plays. [[HalfHumanHybrid Half Demon]] Dargor is at first loyal to the DarkLord Akron, but upon realizing how much of a dark lord Akron really is, Dargor opposes him and saves the day in the first story arc. Then, in the second story arc, he is part of the RagtagBunchOfMisfits and in the end [[spoiler:he truly ascends, his body merging with an Angel's soul so that "a god of cosmic light" would "breathe upon the Earth... again".]]

[[folder:Mythology and Religion]]
* The 17th century ''Lemegeton'' and 19th century ''Dictionnaire Infernal'' (both demonology books) depict Marchosias, a literal NobleDemon looking to achieve this trope. Amy, another demon featured in the ''Lesser Key of Solomon'', the ''Dictionnaire Infernal'', the ''Pseudomonarchia Daemonum'', and the ''Munich Manual of Demonic Magic'', has the identical goal. However, in both cases, the books describes their hopes to be impossible.
* According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, official Catholic doctrine declares all {{Fallen Angel}}s i.e. demons irredeemable by means of being completely unwilling to repent or return to Heaven. This is because all angels have SuperIntelligence. Whenever they have a choice they [[AwesomenessByAnalysis know exactly what they are doing]] and so never change their minds. Islamic traditions have it that djinn can be redeemed (though it helps they're only partly demon analogue). In Judaism, fallen angels are not necessarily evil, and many still are considered part of the heavenly host.
* Meridiana was a [[HornyDevils succubus]] believed to help Sylvester the second become the Pope. This was meant as slander most likely but since his time as head of the Catholic Church is best known for cracking down on Simony, promoting scientific studies, building musical instruments such as a hydrological organ and teaching grammar, his fans concluded that if Meridiana helped put him in power, she was a benevolent succubus.
* From Buddhist traditions [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hariti Hariti]] or Kishimojin was a demon turned godesss. She was originally a demon with [[MotherOfAThousandYoung one hundred children]] who would [[ChildEater prey upon the children]]. The specifics vary by telling but in the Buddha managed to make her realize the suffering she caused and got her to change her ways. Afterwards she ate only pomegranates and became a goddess who protected children and helped mothers give birth safely.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The sourcebook "Book of Exalted Deeds", about good-aligned characters, has a chapter on forgiveness. It features an orc chieftain sparing a girl's village because she had saved his life years earlier and a good-aligned [[{{Cthulhumanoid}} illithid]].
** The Book of Exalted Deeds also contains the ''sanctify the wicked'' spell, which slowly transforms an evil creature into a "sanctified" version of themselves with a good alignment and [[BeautyEqualsGoodness more gentle appearance]]; they [[RedemptionDemotion lose most of their powers in the process]] but can shoot rays of holy energy.
** An [[BrainFood illithid]]? Canonical TabletopGame/{{Spelljammer}} character Estriss, obsessive AdventurerArchaeologist (LawfulNeutral with some Good tendency). TabletopGame/ForgottenRealms got Sangalor of the Secrets, outcast from his city and priest of Ogma (LawfulNeutral).
** A ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' web article famously had a [[HornyDevils succubus]] [[KnightInShiningArmor paladin]] named Eludecia. [[http://archive.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/fc/20050824a Here are the stats]], and [[http://archive.wizards.com/default.asp?x=dnd/oa/20061017a here is the adventure]]. Notably, not only does she [[RedemptionDemotion refuse to use her "evil" powers]], but as a being who is LawfulGood but [[MadeOfEvil Made Of]] ChaoticEvil she counts as every alignment at the same time, and thus suffers from both GoodHurtsEvil ''and'' AllergicToEvil (and [[OrderVersusChaos Chaos Hurts Law and Law Hurts Chaos]]). BeingGoodSucks indeed.
** One of the (many) nicknames for TabletopGame/{{Planescape}}'s Lady of Pain is "The fiend of blades", started by someone with the theory she is an ascended fiend. Given that he wasn't [[DeaderThanDead flayed]] (like people who give... less than flattering nicknames) and lived long enough to die of natural causes, this indicates there isn't really an issue with the term. (In ''Pages of Pain'' she remembered being a daughter of [[spoiler:Akadi and Poseidon and Set's fiancé]]. That is, the Lady is a born Power, has the Pain sphere/domain as a gift, and would be a goddess if she didn't refuse to.)
** In [[http://www.candlekeep.com/compendium/index.htm The Candlekeep Compendium]], there is a certain Erinyes [[spoiler: who is rescued by a gnome adventurer as a mission from a ChaoticGood deity.]]
** There was a chant about the agathinon Janarr and erinyes Nalura working in mortal disguise on the Prime. They [[DuelOfSeduction sort of]] just did their jobs -- she tried to seduce him, he tried to turn her attitude up to [[ThePowerOfLove celestial standards]]. Before they knew whom exactly they faced, ''both'' succeeded. They [[StarCrossedLovers had to hide from their respective bosses]] from that point on, though. (Note that the story never explicitly states that Nalura shifted in alignment as a result of falling in love. Most fans just ''assume'' such.)
** The Kalashtar from TabletopGame/{{Eberron}} all have a soul-bond to an ascended EldritchAbomination, which works on the same general principle.
** K'rand Vahlix is a ''general'' of the Risen Fiends who have fled to the various Upper Planes, organizing them into the Celestial Hosts, and is so powerful and [[GoodHurtsEvil good-aligned]] that he is completely unafraid of any {{Deep Cover Agent}}s that might assassinate him, which is the main obstacle to most Risen Fiends associating with each other.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Pathfinder}}'' has a whole race of [[OurAngelsAreDifferent Celestials]], called the Peri, who are either {{Fallen Angel}}s who managed to redeem themselves or the children thereof. They take the form of albino humans with huge wings of flames that mimic the appearance of feathers.
** The "Wrath of the Righteous" Adventure Path features a Succubus who seduced a Cleric, then entered her dying dream, only to come face-to-face with an angry Goddess Desna. Desna, deciding to ''not'' obliterate the Demon, instead reached inside of her and basically turned her old mortal soul back on. This doesn't automatically turn her Good, but it gives an opening for the Players to finish the job.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': This is one theory in-universe for the ultimate goal of [[MeaningfulName Fallen Angel Cypher, formerly of the Dark Angels Space Marines legion]]. On the tabletop he's been able to fight for both chaos and the emperor, and in the lore one conjecture for his cutting a path through the imperium towards holy terra is that he plans to return the [[ReforgedBlade Sword of his former Primarch]] to the Emperor as a token of forgiveness and cease to be a Fallen Angel.
* In ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' the demon Okura no Oni affected the honor of the Lion Clan through Kitsu Okura, and at Oblivion's Gate slew her father, Akuma no Oni. She ascended to become the Guardian of Tengoku and she is now seen guarding the Gates of the Celestial Heavens.
* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' the fabled state of Golconda allows a vampire to transcend just about every physical and spiritual weakness of vampirism. The EnemyWithin is muzzled, blood requirement drops to almost nothing, and various caps and restrictions vanish. Tellingly, the vampire is immune to Diablerie... their soul is no longer tied to their blood/body and can't be eaten.
** In ''[[TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem Vampire the Requiem]]'' the above is one of three suggested outcomes for reaching Golconda. The best one is a return to humanity. The worst one? Complete balance with the EnemyWithin... which means the vampire is in perfect harmony with a remorseless gluttonous raging monster.
* Another ''World of Darkness'' gameline with this possibility is ''TabletopGame/DemonTheFallen''. The titular demons have the choice to either try to recover their lost grace by reaching [[KarmaMeter zero torment]] (only possible with RP, no game system allows that) or spurning their newfound humanity and chance at redemption by SlowlySlippingIntoEvil. Unlike Vampire, Demons who eschew use of their demonic powers and OneWingedAngel form are at a disadvantage compared to their morally laxer peers.
* In the Mystic China RPG from Palladium Games there's a literal Ascended Demon class, where as you gain levels you lose demonic traits and gain human traits until if one survives all the pitfalls the character will be reborn as a human being with only dim memories of its former life.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'' features two possible examples of this:
** The Abyssals are Exalted by [[EldritchAbomination the Neverborn]], who corrupted Solar shards to serve death and the Void. Thing is, underneath all that necrotic taint, there's ''still'' a glimmer of innate Solar nature. It may very well be possible for an Abyssal to seek redemption and become a Solar again... and if that happens, [[NiceJobFixingItVillain then they don't have to deal with that pesky]] [[WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity Great Curse]].
** The Infernals are similarly corrupted Solars, only their shards were tinkered with by [[TheLegionsOfHell the Yozis]] as part of a scheme to escape from Malfeas by making Creation just as bad. Infernals don't have innate [[FunctionalMagic Charms]] as other Exalts do, but instead have a direct connection to their Yozi patrons that allows them to use their magic. There's just one problem that the Yozis didn't entirely consider -- that relationship may go ''both ways''. So, with enough time and effort, an Infernal could possibly ''convert one of the demonic masters of Creation to good''.
*** Alternatively, Infernals using the right Heretic Charms can redesign themselves into Primordials 2.0, taking and improving the designs that the Yozis used before being ripped inside out, castrated, and imprisoned. The resulting being ''literally'' [[MentalWorld containing worlds]] and [[IAmLegion having multiple souls]]. It doesn't require the character to [[PureIsNotGood be good]], or even [[BlueAndOrangeMorality define good]], but it does involve long periods of spiritual meditation and reformatting one's own souls, and it's hard to get worse than being one fifth Ebon Dragon, the [[EvilIsPetty Cosmic Principle of Dickishness]].
** Sidereals with access to Greater Astrology Charms actually have one, An End to Darkness, that allows them to hand this out willy-nilly. If they find a demon that wants to leave the service of Hell, they can cast this Charm and transform them into a god that will serve Heaven. The only downsides are that other demons will be out for that god's blood, and the Sidereal takes a large amount of [[WeirdnessCensor Paradox]] in the process.
* Interestingly, the infamous SoBadItsGood game ''TabletopGame/{{World Of Synnibarr}}'' has this as the origins of its [[OurAngelsAreDifferent "angels"]]: they are all "devils" that decided to start helping out the mortal races instead. It actually manages to [[ItMakesSenseInContext make sense in context]].
* This is possible in TabletopGame/InNomine, but difficult - it requires the direct intervention of an Archangel, and is very painful, and sometimes results in death for the demon trying to ascend.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'' has the Reformed Demon class from the ''China 2'' {{Sourcebook}}. These are lesser demons who have been captured by a special brand of demon hunter, and convinced to give up their demonic ways. The process of reforming slowly turns the demon into a human, which means they are unique in that they become ''weaker'' as they gain levels. However, after a certain point they gain access to Mystic Martial Arts, which compensates for their lack of demonic powers.

* Valen in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' and Neeshka in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'' can end up being good demon-blooded people if your character tries hard enough.
** For that matter, your character can end up as one too.
** Due to the number of times Aribeth passes through the HeelFaceRevolvingDoor, some of her later incarnations come across this way.
** [[HornyDevils Persey]] in the Tales of Arterra mod discovers a conscience and develops into a priestess of the goddess of love by the end of the story.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/DarkMessiah'' can end up this way with one of the good-aligned endings. You lose [[spoiler: your ability to transform into a demon and your succubus advisor]], but you gain [[spoiler: a bunch of top-tier holy gear after purifying yourself.]]
* Similar to the Succubus Paladin in [=DnD=] above, in the MMORPG ''{{Mabinogi}}'', the NPC [[spoiler: Kristell]] was once a succubus, but after falling in love with the druid [[spoiler: Tarlach]], she became [[spoiler: the priestess at Dunbarton.]]
* Ashrah from ''VideoGame/MortalKombat'' is a demon, formerly from the LegionsOfHell, who gets betrayed and has a HeelFaceTurn in regards to BlackAndWhiteMorality. She comes across a sword that purifies her, every time she slays a demon with it. She becomes a WomanInWhite. Her plan is to gain enough purification that the evil or taint that resided in her demonic creation no longer exists, to the point of the Netherrealm (Hell) being UNABLE to keep her presence inside, for you cannot exist in that realm without a taint on the soul. The idea is that she'll eventually be expelled out of that fiery wasteland. The problem though? She's turned a bit KnightTemplar, or AxCrazy because of this obsession. (Granted, it's still unclear whether any of this is actually happening, or if the Kris is just a ManipulativeBastard of an EmpathicWeapon that's making her think killing certain targets will save her soul in order to make her into its instrument of genocide. Her ending in one of the games reveal that the Kris really works, but the rate of purification is proportional to the evilness and power of the target. Also, once the user is ascended (and safely expelled from the Netherrealm), the sword stays behind to repeat the process for another demon.)
* ''VideoGame/NexusClash'' allows low-level demons who aren't on board with Evil to switch to the side of the Angels and become Redeemed. (Angels can do something similar and become [[FallenAngel Fallen]]). The Redeemed are extra-powerful fighters against demons, but many of their powers are paid for directly out of their KarmaMeter and thus put their Redemption at risk.
* In ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaSkywardSword'', a sidequest involves Link helping a demon named Batreaux who wants to become human, because he is very lonely, and people are too terrified of his appearance for him to make friends.
* ''VideoGame/PlanescapeTorment'' has Fall-From-Grace, a succubus who runs a pleasant brothel of platonic prostitution. (A chaste succubus, who runs a brothel that does not sell sex, something that seems a contradiction in every way.) However, she still feels some loss from her ascension to a good-leaning LawfulNeutral cleric from a ChaoticEvil existence, hence the name.
** There is evidence that her "fall" is more than a little uncomfortable for her, as her race is [[AlwaysChaoticEvil evil incarnate]] in a universe where belief governs the laws of physics and 'being evil' is as much a part of their existence as 'breathing air' is for humans. Despite your party being composed of only those in [[TitleDrop true torment]], [[WitchSpecies Ravel]] claims that Grace suffers more than any of your companions. This is pretty amazing, considering how your remaining party members are tormented.
* A Satyr in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' who came to his senses and seeks redemption culminates when he uses parts of his former tribe and rips out his own heart to use in a potion to save a child dying of sickness. He doesn't actually ascend though: [[spoiler: He just turns back into a night elf.]]
** In ''Legion'', a [[AlwaysChaoticEvil Dread Lord]] named Lothraxion can be found in the Paladin class hall. He was initially a part of the Burning Legion, but hated his comrades' violence and betrayed his master. He's still a [[HorrifyingHero massive, winged, vampire-monster with hooves]], but his horns are gone and he glows brightly. He's even classified as a humanoid instead of a demon. Though, due to how demonhood works in WoW, he most likely reverted to a non-corrupted nathrezim.
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': Paarthurnax, leader of the Greybeards, views himself as such; [[spoiler:dragons]] are inherently born to conquer and dominate, and he supresses this desire only through meditation and great effort. Though the Blades doubt this, and it's hinted he might not be quite as good as he seems. [[spoiler: Paarthurnax used to be TheDragon to his brother [[BigBad Alduin]], he made an attempt to do a HeelFaceTurn by teaching humans Thu'um, hoping to undo his atrocities of slaughtering humans in his past days. Depending on how loyal you are to the [[KnightTemplar Blades]], he might not have a chance to redeem himself [[HeelFaceDoorSlam because of you]].]]
* Flonne has become this, as of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4|APromiseUnforgotten}}''. That is to say, she was ''originally'' an angel, but in the [[MultipleEndings Good (and canonical) ending]] of the first game, the Seraph turned her into a FallenAngel. Not much of a punishment (or even intended to be one), since she gets to stay with her friends Laharl and Etna, and [[LoveFreak her personality]] remains the same. By D4 she has apparently gotten a promotion, and his now an Archangel, once again serving the Seraph (and is the boss of the new Vulcanus).
** In ''VideoGame/Disgaea5'', this is the net objective of Ultimate Demon Technique, invented by Goldion and mastered by [[spoiler: Killia, and in post game Void]]. Subverted because both a noble heart and sufficient power are required to master it. This is why Zeroken can't use the high level techniques and Liezerota can't use it at all.
* Cthulhu in ''VideoGame/CthulhuSavesTheWorld'' was initially forced into becoming this, setting out to save the world so he could later conquer it. However by the end of the game he's grown to like being a good guy.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'' and its spinoffs, [[spoiler:Teddie, who was formerly a Shadow just like most of the enemies in the game, gains a Persona and essentially becomes human.]]
** This also applies to [[spoiler:the Personas of the main cast, including all of Yu's Personas besides Izanagi: all of them were originally shadows that were brought under the control of the ego.]] ''VideoGame/Persona4Arena'' implies that this process is reversible, and that it is only through sustained effort that a Persona can continue to exist.
* In the backstory of the ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', the "Legendary Dark Knight" Sparda was a demon who rebelled against his kind and fought for humanity, eventually fathering twin sons Dante and Vergil with a human woman named Eva.
* In ''VideoGame/ShinMegamiTenseiIIINocturne'', two Goetic demons, Ose and Flauros, will be purified by Chiaki in her BossBattle and will regain the shapes they had before they fell. Although unlike most versions of this trope, LightIsNotGood is in full effect, and Chiaki is far and away one of the more evil entities in the game by the time this happens.
* The player character in ''VideoGame/BaldursGate'' is eventually revealed to be (one of many) children of Bhaal, the late God of Murder. As [[Franchise/BaldursGate the series]] goes on, both the Bhaalspawn part of you and other characters try to get you to embrace your heritage and become a proper successor to the lord of murder (even to the point of giving you a SuperpoweredEvilSide that drains your Reputation every time you use it.) It's up the player whether they actually do this, or fight on the side of good instead.
* Jericho Cross in ''VideoGame/DarkWatch'' becomes an Ascended ''Vampire'' if he is played with [[KarmaMeter good karma]]. By performing several good deeds like [[SuckOutThePoison sucking out tainted blood]] from vampire victims, giving [[MercyKill quick and clean deaths]] to infected Darkwatch members and exorcising Lazarus' victims who had [[YourSoulIsMine their souls almost completely taken by him]], Jericho unlocks several holy powers that he can wield despite being an undead himself. Taken all the way to the end, [[spoiler:he can become human again after killing Lazarus and ending the Curse of the West]].

* Caliban of ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', who renounces his demonic powers and becomes human. Turns out he's less motivated by virtue than by getting away from some demonic loan sharks who are after him, but once that's sorted out he seems quite happy to live as a human and gets a job at Starbucks.
* This seems to have happened to [[http://www.sinfest.net/view.php?date=2013-05-13 Lil' E]] in ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}''

[[folder:Web Originals]]
* ''Literature/TalesOfWyre'' begins with the MoralDilemma of whether to [[DemonSlaying slay]] a succubus who ''claims'' to repent her sins. There is, of course, no way to know whether she's telling the truth.
* ''Literature/NESGodzillaCreepypasta''. [[spoiler:At the end of the game, when all characters are brought back to life, Solomon has become this, evidenced by his red eyes becoming blue]].
* The main character of ''Roleplay/InfernoQuest'', Karael, was banished from Heaven into Hell, in part, due to her belief that this was possible. [[spoiler:She was quickly proven correct.]]

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* The french cartoon ''Les Contes de la Rue Broca'' has an episode called "Le Bon Petit Diable" or "The Good Little Devil". The titular character is a young demon who preffers doing good deeds, much to the displeasure of his parents. He ends up heading to heaven where, after confirming he is indeed a good kid, he is transformed into an angel (though he retains his horns and tail, just gold-colored instead of red).
* In ''WesternAnimation/SamuraiJack'', [[spoiler: because [[HalfHumanHybrid Ashi is part Aku]], he was able to activate her SuperPoweredEvilSide and take her over. Eventually, Jack is able to pull a IKnowYoureInThereFight by invoking ThePowerOfLove, and she cast away her father's influence while retaining his entire power set... including his ability to time travel.]]