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- This pretty much is Monster summarized in four words.
- The whole comedic point of Beelzebub. Poor Oga has his work (and life) cut out for him to prevent his adopted demon spawn from erasing humans off the face of the earth.
- Iruka does this for Naruto himself, as he was pretty much the first adult to treat Naruto like a person - other adults were either distant or hostile, and the kids more or less followed suit. Many of Naruto's enemies are versions of him who didn't even get that level of support (or only got it from a twisted source), which Naruto has to fix with speeches and punching.
- Naruto doesn't understand how Haku can stand to work for a man like Zabuza, who frequently makes it clear that Haku's usefulness "as a weapon" in battle is why he's kept around (though this turns out to be a front...). Naruto sees Haku as a person, and tries to make Haku see that he's a person, too.
- Gaara is a blatant example of this trope. Turned into an unstable, murdering psychopath by his father, and empowered by Shukaku, after a beatdown and lecture from Naruto he became a highly admired and respected leader of his ninja-village.
- And Pain gives us a lesson in how not to do this: Naruto's future mentor, Jiraiya, attempted to help a poor orphaned child named Nagato survive by teaching him ninjutsu. Nagato and his friends did well, and lived happily for a while, until Danzou and Hanzou of the Salamander teamed up to kill Nagato's best friend in the most traumatic way possible. Nagato took up the name "Pain", and became an international ninja-terrorist, kidnapping Tailed Beasts to bring the world under his rule.
- Sven toward Eve in Black Cat.
- Subverted in the second season of Code Geass. Lelouch tries to do this for his "false brother" Rolo, by using their memories from the past year to appeal to his "brotherhood" to turn him into a personal Tykebomb for him instead of V. V., but with full intent of offing him when he no longer needed him as payback for replacing Nunnally. It works, and he gets a loyal pawn that he does get a little attached to, but eventually this goes horrifically wrong when said pawn becomes a murderously jealous Yandere who ends up killing Lelouch's would-be girlfriend in cold blood and intends on offing Nunnally in the process.
- Mireille from Noir assumes this role toward Kirika, particularly toward the end of the series.
- Rurouni Kenshin: Kenshin Himura does this to Soujiro.
- Nanoha does this to Fate in the first season of Lyrical Nanoha. Of course, this being Nanoha, she defused the bomb with a bigger explosion.
- And then Erio and Caro do this to Lutecia in season 3.
- Fate previously reached out to Erio, who believed he was worth nothing after finding out that he, like Fate, was a clone of a dead child, and lashed out at her and the people looking after him. Interestingly enough, she used essentially the same argument that Caro eventually used against Lutecia- that people who are sad should not hurt others while seeking happiness.
- This happens to seven out of the twelve Numbers, four of whom get adopted into the Nakajima family and the other three joining the Saint Church.
- Mobile Fighter G Gundam: Domon Kasshu does this to Allenby Beardsly. When she's kidnapped and then Brainwashed and Crazy by Prime Minister Wong, his partner Rain Mikamura finishes Domon's work.
- Also, Shinn Asuka tries this on Stellar Louissier in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. It nearly works... until the Freedom reappears, Stellar flashbacks to Neo's 'death', goes nuts again and the Freedom is forced to put her out of her misery.
- Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Kamille Bidan attempts this with both Four Murasame and Rosamia Badam, even playing along with the latter's delusion that he's her elder brother in an attempt to help her. Tragically, both of them get killed in battle before he's successful, one by Kamille himself, no less.
- Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ: Judau Ashta is more successful: Elpeo Ple settles into a fairly stable brother-sister relationship with him, and even Ple-Two seems headed in this direction by the end. Both of them still die... both times, in protecting him from danger.
- Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: Banagher Links tries to talk Loni out of levelling Torrington with her mobile armour. He nearly succeeds, coaxing Loni out of her cockpit, only for her to witness her last family member dying at the hands of the Federation, and driving her back into her rampage in despair. There's also an example in the backstory - Banagher is a defused Tyke Bomb himself.
- Some characters of Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple (Kenichi himself, Miu, Niijima) are gradually doing this with Creepy Child Chikage Kushinada as an alternative to letting her fight Kenichi. Some want to help her, others are concerned because Kenichi Wouldn't Hit a Girl, let alone a little girl. As a result of all these attempts (especially Kenichi's), she becomes Tsundereish towards Kenichi.
- In Kekkaishi, Yoshimori is trying to do this to Hiura.
- And yet he fails.
- I don't think so, in last chapters Hiura has betrayed his companions and is helping Yoshimori
- He hasn't betrayed his orders yet. It's just that his orders happen to go against theirs. At the same time, he also does listen to, and remember, Yoshimori's words. His mind is waaaay too screwed up to be certain what's going on inside without a convenient extrapolation.
- And yet he fails.
- A strange case of this appears in Pokémon: The First Movie. Mewtwo rejects the objectification of his creators on his own twice (even stating in the novelization that they treat him like an object), and is already waging war on humanity when our heroes come along. Ash and his friends, fairly quickly, realize that Mewtwo's clone soldiers are tykebombs and Ash sacrifices himself to save them and the regular Pokemon from Mewtwo and Mew's feud. This selfless act makes Mewtwo realize that not all Humans Are Bastards and defuses him partly. This process is essentially completed in the direct-to-video sequel, Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns.
- Rowan does this to Mitsumi prior to the beginning of Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure!.
- In R.O.D the TV, tykebomb Junior finds Michelle utterly disarming. Anita puts a few chinks in his armour as well.
- Maka towards Crona in Soul Eater. Though, the results and forms of this are... a little different between the anime and manga.
- In Black Lagoon, Rock tries to do this with Gretel (who might really be Hansel). He seems to have some success with befriending her, and even caused her to behave in a nonviolent fashion towards him. And then (s)he gets shot.
Benny: "Stories like these don't have happy endings."
- Dominic helps bring this about for Anemone in Eureka Seven.
- An absolute textbook example of this trope occurs toward the end of Rune Soldier Louie when priestess Melissa walks directly toward an enraged, lightning-bolt-flinging Child Mage named Lilly, who has been raised by the evil Lord Dardanel to be a vicious enemy of the reigning royal family. Melissa proceeds to talk her into a teary-eyed Heel–Face Turn.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion had several characters -mainly Misato and Kaji- make the attempt to help Shinji, Asuka and Rei. Unfortunately, they were hindered by their own state of massive emotional trauma, and their attempts weren't successful.
- Dragon Ball: Goku, of all people, is a defused tykebomb. The loving care of Son Gohan and a blow to his head rendered him harmless years before the first chapter.
- Done in DNA˛, towards Rurara Kawasaki.
- Mai does this unintentionally to Mikoto in Mai Hi ME, without even knowing what Mikoto's role in the unfolding events really is. Likewise, Miyu wins Alyssa from the Searrs Foundation by being the only person... well, robot... who ever actually cared about her. It doesn't quite stick, though, with Alyssa being killed shortly afterwards... until the end. anyway.
- Attack on Titan sees Jean and Connie attempt this on Reiner and Bertolt, in the midst of a desperate chase through Titan-infested lands. Both appeal to their years of friendship and comradery, asking Was It All a Lie? and attempting to coax them into talking to them. While their attempts are successful in not only defusing Mikasa's Unstoppable Rage, but triggering Bertolt's Villainous B.S.O.D......it seems these Tyke Bombs are Trapped in Villainy and can't be talked down. Any further efforts are prevented by Erwin leading in a Zerg Rush and throwing gasoline on the proverbial fire. Quite a few people are killed in the ensuing chaos.
- Trafalgar Law, at the age of 10, in One Piece saw everyone he loved murdered by the World Government and stopped believing in anything only wanting to cause destruction before he died of a lead disease. Doflamingo sought to turn him into his right hand man, but his younger brother, Corazon saw a really messed up child who needed help and took him away to find a cure to his disease. After several months together, Law came to admire the real hero who saved him from his disease and set his life towards accomplishing the fallen Corazon's wish to stop his evil brother's madness.
- In Endride, Demetrio, the Rebel Leader and part-time Warrior Therapist, manages to defuse the tykebomb that is the brainwashed child assassin, Mischa, by a combination of beating her in battle, destroying her Slave Collar, and offering a few kind and optimistic words about the future.
- This was the plot of an issue of Pet Shop of Horrors: in 'Duty,' a teenage boy belonging to an order of child assassins named 'Scorpio's Children' takes cover at D's pet shop. It is up to Count D to try to defuse him, which he does with the aid of an illusory confrontation with the boy's estranged mother. It succeeds, although D being D, he was more interested in the eponymous scorpion than in the child.
- Barbara Gordon (the first Batgirl) acts this way toward Cassandra Cain (the second Batgirl). Batman, Depending on the Writer, is either a total jerkass or so badly damaged that he really cannot help much.
- The same could be said of Dick Grayson alias Nightwing -Batman-, towards the current Robin, Damian Wayne, who was raised and trained by the League of Assassins.
- Superman: Clark Kent and Lois Lane acted this way toward Lor-Zod, son of General Zod -one of the worst enemies of Superman- and his henchwoman Ursa in Last Son and New Krypton. Everyone else -including his abusive birth parents, Lex Luthor and the USA Government- wanted to capture him and control him. Lois and Clark adopted him and raised him with the name of Christopher "Chris" Kent. Chris eventually became the hero "Nightwing" -no THAT Nightwing, although both boys took his codenames from the same Kryptonian mythological being- and fought alongside his adoptive father and his cousin Supergirl.
- Supergirl: Subverted with Post-Crisis Kara Zor-El. An early story stated that her father trained her to be a weapon, and Superman -with aid of Batman and Wonder Woman- took her in and acted this way toward her. However her abusive father was eventually retconned as a hallucination caused by Kryptonite poisoning when the real Zor-El showed up and turned out to be a pretty nice guy.
- Wolverine acts like this towards his latest young female sidekick, X-23.
- The titular character of Squee! manages to do this unintentionally to Pepito, who, despite being literally raised by Satan to teethe on the toasty souls of the damned, seems to be genuinely moved by his friendship with Squee. Of course, Squee being who he is, it happens mostly because Squee thinks Pepito is terrifying.
- Bird features this trope heavily in Taylor's efforts to make friends in Alchemilla asylum. She starts with Burnscar and works from there. It helps that her powers allow her to perceive the true natures of charaters that might seem too violent or dangerous to be worth the effort otherwise.
- Advice and Trust:
- When Shinji and Asuka realize that Gendo has raised Rei as his obedient puppet, they decide to befriend her and cut her strings because they really hate Gendo and they really care about Rei.
- Shinji and Asuka to each other. After realizing that they are traumatized orphans and child soldiers during their mutual love confession, they start to lean on each other, improving their mental instability.
- Two examples in Thousand Shinji:
- Shinji realized early on that Gendo had raised Rei to be his puppet because she played a crucial role in his father's plans, so he worked hard to break her out of that mindset and earn her loyalty.
- After meeting Asuka, he did the same thing to her.
- Children of an Elder God: After losing her parents and becoming a NERV's puppet, Asuka met a decent foster mother who defused her and helped her to become a better person. Several years later she helped Shinji to find a better reason to keep living. At the same time, Rei's friends tried to defuse her, but they weren't quite successful.
- In Ghosts of Evangelion Misato finally sees that Shinji and Asuka get counsel and therapy after returning from Instrumentality.
- In The Second Try, Shinji and Asuka defused each other after Third Impact, helping mutually with their psychological issues. When they went back to the past, defusing Rei was one of their main goals. Thanks to them -and mainly Aki- Rei managed to reclaim her lost humanity.
- Last Child of Krypton: Shinji showed Asuka that she didn’t need to be an Eva pilot to be special, valued or loved. By the time she’s unable to synch with her Eva, she doesn’t care for it anymore because Shinji loves her and she has super-powers.
- Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: Asuka was trained by NERV since she was four to be a mecha pilot, ignoring that she was considered an easily replaceable pawn until she was discarded and abandoned. Shinji spent a long time trying to fix the damage done to her mind and convincing her that he cared about her and would not leave her.
- In Once More with Feeling, one of the main goals of Shinji is undoing the damaged inflicted upon Rei and Asuka’s psyches by NERV. So he spends a long while showing Rei that she’s an individual unique and proving Asuka that piloting Eva isn’t everything that she has.
- In Chasing The Shadow, Naruto uses this on Gaara in an attempt to undo the damage from Shukaku's influence, to his credit, it works.
- In Blood Diamond, one of the protagonists' son is captured early in the film. When they find him, he's been converted into a child soldier by the RUF rebels in Sierra Leone. The tyke holds his father at gunpoint, but gets talked down. Unfortunately, at the end of the film it's mentioned that there are still 200,000 Child Soldiers in Africa.
- Danny the Dog presents a particularly tough case: a man who was raised in a kennel and treated like an attack dog, intended to kill anyone who threatened his "Uncle Bart." Bart's (apparent) death leads Danny to a blind piano tuner, who tries to teach him the rules humans live by.
- Warrior boy Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road undergoes this 180° turn. Capable convinces him that it's not yet his time to die.
- Discworld's Sourcery: Rincewind does this to Coin, and the Librarian keeps it good.
- Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan starts this job with his clone-brother Mark in Brothers in Arms. His parents, especially his mother Cordelia, pick up the job in Mirror Dance.
- Technically more of a Thicker Than Water, as in Betan society cloning is a perfectly valid form of reproduction, and as such Mark is a Long-Lost Relative.
“Except that—I keep hearing my mother’s voice, in my head. That’s where I picked up that perfect Betan accent, y’know, that I use for Admiral Naismith, I can hear her now.”“And what does she say?” Galeni’s brows twitched in amusement.“Miles—she says—what have you done with your baby brother?!”
- The last line gets a Call-Back from Elena in Mirror Dance, explaining why she's helping someone she initially mistrusts.
- And Kareen Koudelka seems to have happily picked up where Cordelia leaves off, although Kareen and Mark do meet in Mirror Dance. By A Civil Campaign, the two have gone into business together.
- Technically more of a Thicker Than Water, as in Betan society cloning is a perfectly valid form of reproduction, and as such Mark is a Long-Lost Relative.
- In an interesting variation, Harry Dresden managed to defuse himself when he was sixteen, killing his Evil Mentor in the process. Ebenezar, however, is equally important - even though he came in afterward, he's the one who made it stick.
- Cairo Azarcon was captured as a child by Big Bad Falcone, and raised as a Tyke-Bomb. He's found and rescued in his late teens by a Space Marine. It takes a few years, but Azarcon eventually assimilates into EarthHub society...well, more or less.
- Prof. Marius, the Tall, Dark, and Snarky teacher of Edgewood Academy, from The Princess 99 manages to defuse the tykebomb in question ( here Axel) before the entire school gets destroyed.
- Used interestingly in Galaxy of Fear: Army of Terror. The heroes find the Eppon, apparently a year old, and carry him off with Tash and Zak happily planning to adopt him. They recruit some Rebel soldiers to help carry him, and he eats them one by one when no one can see, growing larger and older-looking all the time but still being sweet and loving to Tash and Zak. When the Big Bad arrives Eppon obeys his commands, but later Tash appeals to him through the Force. It works, but the Big Bad had implanted a bomb in his head and uses it.
- The Red Vixen attempted this with Alinadar after capturing her. The results were mixed. Ali ends up better socialized, but until she formed a relationship with Sallivera, she still mostly saw herself as a slave to be commanded.
- This is the core strategy of the City in The Fifth Sacred Thing, since they know any outright war would annihilate them. The enemy uses Slave Mooks, so they invite them straight into the city, letting them see the freedom, abundance, and equality they could have if they joined the City. Even after they kill protesters and lock down the city, they continue, using psychological warfare to break down the soldiers' programming as well as searching for a cure for the drug that keeps them reliant on the Stewards.
Live Action TV
- In Angel the title character tries to do this for Connor, with some success. However, Connor quickly develops other reasons for them not to get along, and in any case never fully gets over his prejudice against Angel.
- At least, not until the season 4 finale when Angel retcons everyone's memories to give Connor a life with a normal, loving family. Even in season 5, when his original memories are restored, the experience has given him a much greater sense of stability and grounding, so by the end of the series he's patched things up with his real father.
- 24 surprisingly let this work, rather than forcing Jack to kill a child soldier.
- Odo attempts this with a newborn Jem'Hadar on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His attempts to raise the fast-growing child to be more empathetic and less violent fail because the Founders are just that good at manipulating them on the genetic level. The fact that everyone else treated him as a threat and/or potential lab specimen may have undermined Odo's efforts though.
- Technically, almost any attempt to talk down a Jem'Hadar throughout the series would count as this since most of them don't live past 12. They grow to their full adult size practically overnight once they are "born" and are ready to go into battle within days. The only times anyone even comes close to succeeding is if the Jem'Hadar consider them a Worthy Opponent. The only reason Odo was able to have any success at all is that he's a Founder himself, and thus the Jem'Hadar are genetically predisposed to see him as a god.
- The Doctor in Doctor Who defuses Melody Pond in Let's Kill Hitler. Given that Doctor Who is a show with Time Travel as its core premise, the Doctor already knows where Melody's life ends up, while Melody hasn't yet met the Doctor face-to-face.
- Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Det. Amaro tries to talk down an armed tween psychopath good thing he was wearing a vest.
- Literally in NCIS: Los Angeles with a child raised to be a suicide bomber. They already had an "in" since the first thing the kid does after seeing his brother die is find a safe place to detonate.
- In the second season of Orphan Black, Helena overcomes her Laser-Guided Tykebomb upbringing and gravitates towards Reformed, but Not Tamed as she and her long lost sister Sarah Manning become Fire-Forged Friends.
- Snake sort of plays this role in Metal Gear Solid 2. Maybe.
- A child soldier has to be talked out of culling the nurse with a pair of scissors in Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2.
- In Blaze Union, we learn that Yggdra Union's Hero Antagonist Gulcasa was technically born one of these—his mother attempted to defuse him by forcibly sealing his abilities and then leaving him to go Find the Cure. His father, resenting him for the loss of his wife, started abusing him, and any good the seal did was undone posthaste. According to Word of God, the young Gulcasa was a bitter and violent Empty Shell until Siskier and Jenon befriended him and helped him learn to be a normal little kid again.
- Fire Emblem:
- A Paragon Commander Shepard has this effect on Jack in Mass Effect 2. She has way too many issues for you to deal with all of them in the game's time-frame, but you can at least convince her there are ways of solving problems besides shooting people. Which is why you get to keep it up in Mass Effect 3, where she has mellowed out and is much more rounded as a person. This is to the extent that she has an effective family in her biotic students, teenagers that she would do anything to protect.
- In a particularly odd case, Morrigan from Dragon Age: Origins ends up defusing herself. Once she realizes her mother's plan for her - becoming a future host body - she starts plotting her death. In the first game's last DLC story, she heads for parts unknown with her own secret agenda, which may involve co-opting her mother's other big plan ( the Old God Baby).
- The player character of Pokémon Black and White does this to N Harmonia, before he is even known to be a Tyke Bomb.
- Attempted in two routes of Fate/stay night with Ilya and, to an extent, Saber. It doesn't work in the first until after she's been defeated, at which point she realizes Shirou really does care. In the second, they get along much better and the defusing is therefore much more successful.
- Shirou trying to convince Saber she can think of herself as a woman as well as a king can come under this, if she weren't 30.
- Mary in Twig was grown to be a single-use assassination weapon against the parents of the original Mary. When the Lambs encounter her, however, Sylvester observes that she's incredibly lonely due to a lack of affection from her creator and fellow assassins and offers her a place with them, and as a team effort the other Lambs work to make sure she's comfortable and happy working with them. She still kills people, but since she's no longer treated as a disposable weapon she's largely content and often enjoys the challenge of figuring out how to both get the job done and not die in the process.
- Danny Phantom has Danny telling his Opposite-Sex Clone that Vlad is merely using her as a tool instead of the daughter she thinks she is to him. She obviously doesn't believe this and spends most of the episode in deep denial, attacking him and the like to prove otherwise. Since Vlad is the series' Big Bad, Danny is right. Danielle manages to have a change of heart as a result and works alongside him.
- Ratchet combines awesome and heartwarming to do this to Omega Supreme the moment he wakes up, rejecting the Elite Guard's role for him as master of a mindless Person of Mass Destruction.
Omega Supreme: I am Omega Supreme. I am yours to command. I am your pupil. Your dependent. Your obedient servant.Ratchet: I am Ratchet. I am... your friend.
- From Young Justice: Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash all take turns at trying to defuse Superboy. It works, but it takes him most of the season to fully recover.
- Samurai Jack: Season 5 has Ashi, one of the Daughters of Aku assassins raised from birth solely to kill Jack. When he manages to capture her, he takes pity and dedicates himself to breaking her free of her indoctrination. It works, and she becomes his traveling companion and partner.