"And what happened then? Well, in Whoville they say, that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day."
softens over time, and becomes either a Jerk with a Heart of Gold
or not a jerk at all. Usually this can be due to Character Development
. Badass Decay
and Heel Face Turn
may be involved as well. In some cases this may be a case of Characterization Marches On
; as the series progresses, the writers realized that a nicer character fit the changing tone better than the original idea.
If done over the course of one episode or short-story, this may have been to set up an Aesop.
Naturally, the Counter Trope
of Took a Level in Jerkass
. Compare to Defrosting Ice Queen
, which focuses on a specific Love Interest bringing a character out of their shell.
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- Calvin and Hobbes: The Series’ iteration of Calvin is much more likely to do the right thing than his comic counterpart.
- In The Best Night Ever, a core focus of the story is Prince Blueblood taking several levels in kindness.
- Soul Chess has Soifon of all people take a few levels in kindness. The reason? Yoruichi took Soifon with her when she left Soul Society.
- The Wizard In The Shadows has Denethor take one after a Heel Realisation.
- Precia in Game Theory. At the very least, she makes an effort to act pleasant instead of abusing Fate, so she's already miles ahead of her canon counterpart, and she does seem to get somewhat genuinely nicer as the story progresses.
- In Address Unknown, Rainbow Dash grudgingly agrees to take care of a temporarily blinded Derpy, who has recently started a relationship with Twilight. While trying to get to sleep on Derpy's couch, she is forced to confront her responsibility for contributing to Derpy's lifelong misery, and makes a tearful apology the following morning. Derpy forgives her and the two agree to start over.
- In the Total Drama story, Legacy, both Heather and Duncan have grown up, figuratively as well as literally, in the ten years since they were on the show. Duncan has even learned basic precepts of chivalry.
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