Quotes / Heel–Face Turn

"I’m sorry. I won’t say I’ll make amends, because there’s no way I can even come close. I don’t know what to say, except that I’m sorry. No excuses. But I’m going to do what I can to make things better, and maybe I get a hundredth of the way, in the end."

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.
Fire Lord 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?
It's possible.
Maybe it's strange...
But it's possible.
All my dearest companions and treasures,
I've left 'em behind...
I'll turn a leaf over, and who can tell what I may find?
Fagin, Reviewing the Situation Reprise

"What is better - to be born good, or to overcome your evil nature through great effort?"
Paarthurnax, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim

You know, I'm not stupid. I realize you don't want to put me back in charge. 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!
GLaDOS, Portal 2

"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.

"You can keep your life so long as you change the way you live it; it's never too late to change."
YuYu Hakusho, said by Kurama

"You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
The Bible, Matthew 5:43-48

"The truth is you're weak. And I'm the tyranny of evil men. But I'm trying, Ringo. I'm trying real hard to be the shepherd."

Max: (Dresses as a police officer) This whole disguise is only so that I can warn you!
Fozzie Bear: Okay, sure, sure.
Max: I never thought Doc was gonna hurt Kermit, I thought he was going to lean on him. But now he's hired a frog killer in from the coast, and the man is DEADLY!

"Guys, new plan! Bill's minions are gonna be on us in seconds, but I'm not gonna let that dumb triangle be the warden o' me! Y'all ready for a good old fashioned prison brawl?"
Gideon Gleeful, Gravity Falls

Steven: [Peridot's] come so far. It feels like yesterday she was trying to kill us.
Pearl: No no. That was several weeks ago.
Steven Universe, "It Could've Been Great"

"And Scrooge was better than his word. He did all that he said would and more. To our Tiny Tim - who got well - Scrooge was like a second father. He became as good a friend, as good a master and as good a man as the good old city ever knew. And it was always said of him that he knew how to keep Christmas well."
Bob Cratchit, A Christmas Carol (2009)

"I've a heart again, but all it feels is grief, sadness, and defeat. My life is a ruin. (...) No. I cannot live as I did before. But one thing's clear: it's time I took fate into my own hands. Lived life anew, and truly, this time."
Olgierd von Everic, The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt

Where am I?!... I'm in my own room. I'm not in Hell at all! I haven't got any chains! Perhaps it didn't happen after all!
...Perhaps it did. But I'm alive! I'M ALIVE! I've got a chance to change, and I will not be the man I was!
I'll begin again, I will build my life
I will live to know that I fulfilled my life
I'll begin today, throw away the past
And the future I build will be something that will last
I will take the time that I have left to live
And I'll give it all that I have left to give
I will live my days for my fellow men
And I'll live in praise of that moment when
I was able to begin again!
I will start anew, I will make amends
And I will make quite certain that the story ends
On a note of hope, 0n a strong amen
And I'll thank the world and remember when
I was able to begin again!
Scrooge (1970), "I'll Begin Again"

"Wowie!! You did it!!! You didn't do a violence!!! To be honest, I was a little afraid... But you're already becoming a great person!"
Papyrus to the player if they abort a Genocide run by sparing him, Undertale

“It would seem that buffoon Thorax was onto something.”
Chrysalis, Reflections