Inflict not on an enemy every injury in your power, for he may afterwards become your friend.
Hah. So you got off on playing the hero, huh? The wolf who wanted to become the shepherd. How sickeningly noble.
Prince Zuko: After I leave here today, I'm gonna free Uncle Iroh from his prison and I'm gonna beg for his forgiveness. He's the one who's been a real father to me.
Firelord Ozai: That's just beautiful. Maybe he can pass down to you the ways of tea and failure.
Prince Zuko: But I've come to an even more important decision. I'm going to join the Avatar, and I'm going to help him defeat you.
And what happened then?
Well, in Whoville, they say,
The Grinch's small heart
Grew three sizes that day.
Can somebody change?All my dearest companions and treasures,
Maybe it's strange...
But it's possible.
I've left 'em behind...
I'll turn a leaf over, and who can tell what I may find?
"What is better - to be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?"
— Paarthurnax, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim
You think I'll betray you. And on any other day, you'd be right. The scientists were always hanging cores on me to regulate my behavior. I've heard voices all my life. But now I hear the voice of a conscience, and it's terrifying, because for the first time it's my voice. I'm being serious, I think there's something really wrong with me.
"Oh, hey, Grandpa, it's that guy who kidnapped your soul and then tried to kill me! But now he's our friend!"
—Yugi talking about Pegasus; Yu-Gi-Oh: Bonds Beyond Time The Abridged Movie
"I now know the true meaning of oppression, and have thus lost my taste for inflicting it."
"Barely even friends, then somebody bends, unexpectedly."
—Tale as old as time, Beauty and the Beast
Agnes: What were you like when you were younger?
Bowser: You know those stories with the evil overlord bad guy?
Agnes: "Vaguely. Stories like that were generally kept secret to us vestals...but yes. I do.
(In response to Agnes's statement, Bowser raises her hand.)
Agnes: Truly? ...I cannot see it.
Bowser: Oh yeah. I was kind of a hellraiser until I was 20 or 21.
Agnes: What changed?
Bowser: I took a long hard look at my life and the lives of my subjects.
Agnes: Well...you certainly seem to have turned your life around. Your subjects — while mischievous — seem loyal enough. And you appear to be doing your job as a monarch.