Playing With / Morality Pet

Basic Trope: A character who humanizes a villain or an anti heroic character.
  • Straight: Alice humanizes Bob, who is a dark, gritty hero who seeks revenge on criminals.
  • Exaggerated: Alice humanizes Bob, who happens to be a villain who can be impossible to redeem.
  • Downplayed: Alice manages to humanize a character who is asocial and indifferent to others.
  • Justified:
    • Bob is inspired by kind, virtuous Alice and aspires to be like her.
    • Alice is in love with Bob and wants to redeem him so they can be together without complications.
  • Inverted:
    • Alice degrades Bob, who is a nice well-meaning person.
    • Alice is the only person who Bob doesn't treat correctly.
  • Subverted: Kick the Morality Pet.
  • Double Subverted: Bob apologises after he kicks the morality pet and vows never to do anything to hurt her again.
  • Parodied: ???
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: Alice has no effect on Bob at all.
  • Enforced: "We need a character who can make the Anti-Hero a more pleasant person."
  • Lampshaded:
    Bob: If you all don't all shut up I'll stop this car and leave you all in the middle of nowhere!
    Charles: ...I'm guessing except Alice?
    Bob: Except Alice.
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: Bob's enemies know of his affection for Alice, as well as his reputation as a apparent badass Anti-Hero, and use this knowledge to tease him and get under his skin.
  • Defied: "Listen, toots, I'm not gonna let you change me for who I am. I change for nobody!"
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "I love these type of characters who know how to tame these gruff, gritty heroes."
  • Deconstructed:
    • Kick the Morality Pet.
    • Bob cares about Alice a lot but because of the Crapsack World they are living in, he was forced to committed crueler things for her sake, which caused a wedge in their relationship.
  • Played For Drama: Alice is the only person Bob is remotely nice to or trusts. Once Alice is revealed to be The Mole, Bob is devastated by her betrayal, and goes on a depressed rampage which makes him a danger to himself and others.

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