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Defusing the Tyke Bomb
are generally raised with people who tell them they're nothing but a weapon and usually treat them like crap
. Then along comes someone who's different. When they look at the Tykebomb, they don't see a weapon, they see a messed-up little kid
. Naturally, they try to rescue the poor Tykebomb, talking or fighting their way towards them
. The Hug Tropes
is likely to be their arsenal and expect The Power of Friendship
to be used. The one doing the defusing is also likely to be a Warrior Therapist
and/or an All-Loving Hero
Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't; what matters for trope purposes is the intent.
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Anime & Manga
- Barbara Gordon (the first Batgirl) acts this way toward Cassandra Cain (the second Batgirl). Batman, Depending on the Writer, is either a total Jerk Ass or so badly damaged that he really cannot help much.
- The same could be said of Dick Grayson, then Batman, towards the current Robin, Damian Wayne, who was raised and trained by the League of Assassins.
- Wolverine acts like this towards his latest young female sidekick, X-23.
- While the Female of The Boys is not a standard tykebomb, it is how Butcher wants to treat her when they first capture her. However, the Frenchman takes it upon him to train her, and this trope is his approach to her. The defusing is... not quite completely successful.
- 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.
- 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.
- Discworld's Sourcery: Rincewind does this to Coin, and the Librarian keeps it good.
- Also in the Discworld, in Unseen Academicals, when Mr. Nutt finds out he is an orc, he thinks he must be one of these due to his heritage. His friends and even random strangers in Ankh-Morpork disagree based on his behavior.
- 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.
- Cairo Azarcon was captured as a child by Big Bad Falcone, and raised as a Tykebomb. 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 they destroy the entire school.
- 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.
Live Action TV
- In Angel the titular 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 Go 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.
- Snake sort of plays this role in Metal Gear Solid 2.
- A child soldier has to be talked out of culling the nurse with a pair of scissors in Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2.
- Knights of the Old Republic II: The light-side path with Visas, along with many Crowning Moments Of Heartwarming
- 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.
- In Fire Emblem: Shin Monsho no Nazo, the avatar does this for Eine aka Katarina.
- Same series, different game, in Fire Emblem, Rakka no Ken for the Japanese, an alteration exists. Jaffar was raised this way but is a grown man before interactions with Nino turn him good, and even then only because the people he works for are about to kill her.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Order of the Stick has a variant with the Monster in the Darkness and the paladin O-Chul. While MitD may be a monster of unknown origin, it has the personality of a child and O-Chul forms an Odd Friendship with it while he's imprisoned by the Big Bad.
- As child soldiers exist, so does the job of trying to defuse them.