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** In contrast to the unrepentant villain she was in [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist the manga]], Lust is more sympathetic, the most adamant of the Homunculi [[PinocchioSyndrome to become human]], and the one most prone [[ContemplateOurNavels to introspection]]. [[spoiler:She ultimately ends up helping Edward, albeit for her own purposes.]] On the flip side, this also means we got a much more whiny, emo, stereotypical female character who unsurprisingly pulls a HighHeelFaceTurn. [[SarcasmMode Didn't see that coming]]. Her switching sides doesn't even amount to anything because she's killed shortly thereafter. Plus she abandons Gluttony who is ''also'' more sympathetic in this version due to AdaptationalBackstoryChange. Anime!Lust was really just a whiny little selfish bitch so [=YMMV=] on how "sympathetic" you find her. Her manga self was a kick-ass villain.

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** In contrast to the unrepentant villain she was in [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist the manga]], Lust is more sympathetic, the most adamant of the Homunculi [[PinocchioSyndrome to become human]], and the one most prone [[ContemplateOurNavels to introspection]]. [[spoiler:She [[spoiler:[[HeelFaceTurn She ultimately ends up helping Edward, albeit for her own purposes.purposes]].]] On the flip side, this also means we got a much more whiny, emo, stereotypical female character who unsurprisingly pulls a HighHeelFaceTurn. [[SarcasmMode Didn't see that coming]]. Her switching sides doesn't even amount to anything because she's killed shortly thereafter. Plus she abandons Gluttony who is ''also'' more sympathetic in this version due to AdaptationalBackstoryChange. Anime!Lust was really just a whiny little selfish bitch so [=YMMV=] on how "sympathetic" you find her. Her manga self was a kick-ass villain.

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** Sonic was also subjected to this in the comic, becoming more of a generic do-gooder hero. In the anime, he's somewhat of an AloofAlly. An example of his comic characterization can be seen in the very first story, which has Sonic taking a request from President for helping in dealing with Eggman. In the anime, he's irreverent of authorities just like in the games, so he ignores any requests from the President and only fights Eggman on his own accord.


** The Black Moon Clan in ''R'': they were changed from terrorists to ''descendants'' of terrorists, though they act exactly the same, murdering millions, if not billions, of innocent people, try to [[WouldHurtAChild kill a six-year-old]]. Inverted with the Ayakashi Sisters, who actually cared for each other in the manga. In the anime, they're petty, vain, catty bitches who obsess over getting Rubeus' attention and only act like they care about each other when it's time for their HeelFaceTurn.

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** The Black Moon Clan in ''R'': they were changed from terrorists to ''descendants'' of terrorists, though they act exactly the same, murdering millions, if not billions, of innocent people, try to [[WouldHurtAChild kill a six-year-old]]. Inverted with the Ayakashi Sisters, who actually cared for each other in the manga. In the anime, they're petty, vain, catty bitches who obsess over getting Rubeus' attention and only act like they care about each other when it's time for their HeelFaceTurn.HeelFaceTurn. Though even then, the anime removed the scene from the manga where Koan [[WouldHurtAChild murdered a little girl who accidentally saw her true form]], which probably would've made her redemption impossible had it been kept.


* In the ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' anime, Byakuya Togami is still quite a jerk who is callous and doesn't think much of cooperation, as he was in the visual novel. In the anime, however, he doesn't openly profess that he's planning to eventually murder someone and get away with it.

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* In the ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' ''Anime/{{Danganronpa}}'' anime, Byakuya Togami is still quite a jerk who is callous and doesn't think much of cooperation, as he was in the visual novel. In the anime, however, he doesn't openly profess that he's planning to eventually murder someone and get away with it.


* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': The 90s anime played this trope mostly straight.
** Nephrite ends up falling for Naru/Molly and sacrificing himself for her. In the manga, he's defeated handily in Sailor Jupiter's DebutQueue chapter.
** As a result of the anime being LighterAndSofter, Dark Endymion acts as a NobleDemon who had a strict code of never hurting anyone innocent and often comes into conflict with Kunzite's questionable tactics because of it, so much that he teams up with the Sailor Guardians almost as much as he did before his brainwashing. The manga was more of a horror-tragedy (though it did have comedy), thus Endymion became a full-blown CardCarryingVillain who targeted anyone if it could help him take down the Guardians. It also seriously looks as if Sailor Moon will have to kill her soulmate to save him.
** The Black Moon Clan in ''R'': they were changed from terrorists to ''descendants'' of terrorists, though they act exactly the same, murdering millions, if not billions, of innocent people, try to [[WouldHurtAChild kill a six-year-old]]. Inverted with the Ayakashi Sisters, who actually cared for each other in the manga. In the anime, they're petty, vain, catty bitches who obsess over getting Rubeus' attention and only act like they care about each other when it's time for their HeelFaceTurn.
** Perhaps the most egregious example is Professor Tomoe, who becomes a Type II AntiVillain. In the manga, he's a MadScientist whose entire motivation revolves around doing things ForScience and doesn't care about his daughter Hotaru. In the anime, he only made a DealWithTheDevil and became a Deathbuster to save Hotaru.
** The fourth season, ''[=SuperS=]'', has yet another Inverted example. The Amazon Trio were [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]] in the manga. The anime came up with {{MacGuffin}}s called dream mirrors to fuel the plot and decided to have the Trio, now promoted to a QuirkyMinibossSquad, have existential crises over their lack of [[AnatomyOfTheSoul dream mirrors]] and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman animal natures]] and befriend the heroes before reverting to their animal forms and being taken to a magical sanctuary. This would be all fine and dandy if their method of seeking dream mirrors didn't have creepy, rape-y undertones. All five of the main girls and the lead girl's boyfriend are targeted by them.

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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': The 90s anime played tried to play this trope mostly straight.
straight with its depiction of some of the villains from the manga, but often ended up making them even more villainous unintentionally, thus being inversions.
** Nephrite ends up falling was hit by AdaptationalVillainy before he decided (randomly) to save a girl he had been manipulating for Naru/Molly and sacrificing himself for the past several episodes to get him the {{MacGuffin}} fueling the plot. Even ''he'' questions why he's saving her. Viewers disagree on whether he actually fell in love with her or not. Prior to this he was a selfish, arrogant prick who was stupid enough to back-talk Beryl, whom he had just seen imprison one of his colleagues. In the manga, he's defeated handily in Sailor Jupiter's DebutQueue chapter.
he cared for his fellow Shitennou, tried to avenge Jadeite's death, and is ultimately revealed to be GoodAllAlong.
** As a result of the anime being LighterAndSofter, Dark Endymion acts as a NobleDemon who had a strict code of never hurting anyone innocent and often comes into conflict with Kunzite's questionable tactics because of it, so much that he teams up with the Sailor Guardians almost as much as he did before his brainwashing.supposed brainwashing (even though he acts the exact same way). The manga was more of a horror-tragedy (though it did have comedy), thus Endymion became a full-blown CardCarryingVillain who targeted anyone if it could help him take down the Guardians. It also seriously looks as if Sailor Moon will have to kill her soulmate to save him.
him. The anime resolved this in a way that had no moral dilemma involved.
** The Black Moon Clan in ''R'': they were changed from terrorists to ''descendants'' of terrorists, though they act exactly the same, murdering millions, if not billions, of innocent people, people and try to [[WouldHurtAChild kill a six-year-old]]. Inverted with Most of them are petty jackasses who are even dismissive towards the humans they're supposedly descended from. For one example, the Ayakashi Sisters, who Sisters actually cared for each other in the manga. In the anime, they're petty, vain, catty bitches who obsess over getting Rubeus' attention and only act like they care about each other when it's time for their HeelFaceTurn.
HeelFaceTurn. Diamond's a hero in name only since we're supposed to forgive him for twice attempting to sexually assault the heroine just because he takes a hit for her even though he does nothing to earn his redemption and it happens at the literal last second.
** Perhaps the most egregious example is Professor Tomoe, who becomes a Type II AntiVillain. In the manga, he's a MadScientist whose entire motivation revolves around doing things ForScience and doesn't care about his daughter Hotaru. In the anime, he only made a DealWithTheDevil and became a Deathbuster to save Hotaru.
Hotaru. Though the anime ultimately ended up doing nothing with him after this.
** The fourth season, ''[=SuperS=]'', has yet another Inverted example. The Amazon Trio were [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]] in the manga. The anime came up with {{MacGuffin}}s called dream mirrors to fuel the plot and decided to have the Trio, now promoted to a QuirkyMinibossSquad, have existential crises over their lack of [[AnatomyOfTheSoul dream mirrors]] and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman animal natures]] and befriend the heroes before reverting to their animal forms and being taken to a magical sanctuary. This would be all fine and dandy if their method of seeking dream mirrors didn't have creepy, rape-y undertones. All five of the main girls and the lead girl's boyfriend are targeted by them. Tiger's Eye also targeted young girls, being disturbingly close to pedophilia. On top of that, only one of them, Fisheye, undergoes CharacterDevelopment and really befriends the protagonists, yet all three are EasilyForgiven and are saved by the very person they were looking for.


** The Black Moon Clan in ''R'': they were changed from terrorists to ''descendants'' of terrorists, though they act exactly the same, murdering millions, if not billions, of innocent people, try to [[WouldHurtAChild kill a six-year-old]]. Inverted with the Ayakashi Sisters, who actually cared for each other in the manga. In the anime, they're petty, vain, catty bitches who obsess over getting Rubeus' attention for some reason and only act like they care about each other when it's time for their HeelFaceTurn.
** Perhaps the most shocking example is Professor Tomoe, who becomes a Type II AntiVillain. In the manga, he's a MadScientist whose entire motivation revolves around doing things ForScience and doesn't care about his daughter Hotaru. In the anime, he only made a DealWithTheDevil and became a Deathbuster to save Hotaru.

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** The Black Moon Clan in ''R'': they were changed from terrorists to ''descendants'' of terrorists, though they act exactly the same, murdering millions, if not billions, of innocent people, try to [[WouldHurtAChild kill a six-year-old]]. Inverted with the Ayakashi Sisters, who actually cared for each other in the manga. In the anime, they're petty, vain, catty bitches who obsess over getting Rubeus' attention for some reason and only act like they care about each other when it's time for their HeelFaceTurn.
** Perhaps the most shocking egregious example is Professor Tomoe, who becomes a Type II AntiVillain. In the manga, he's a MadScientist whose entire motivation revolves around doing things ForScience and doesn't care about his daughter Hotaru. In the anime, he only made a DealWithTheDevil and became a Deathbuster to save Hotaru.


* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': The 90s anime ''tried'' to play this trope straight with its depiction of some of the villains, but [=YMMV=] since a lot of the villains it tried to "redeem" made no attempt to apologize for their heinous actions and were EasilyForgiven. Trying to redeem Diamond in particular was just morally questionable considering he was a genocidal rapist.
** Inverted at first with Nephrite in Classic. He was subjected to AdaptationalVillainy before the writers decided to give him a storyline where he randomly decided to save a girl he had been manipulating for the past several episodes to obtain the {{MacGuffin}}. Did we mention he acted creepily similar to an ''abusive boyfriend'' in his interactions with her? Not to mention he appears to be somewhere in his mid-20s while said girl was ''14''. And his HeelFaceTurn came out of nowhere. Even ''he'' was confused why he was saving her.
** As a result of the anime being LighterAndSofter, also in Classic, Dark Endymion acts as a NobleDemon who had a strict code of never hurting anyone innocent and often comes into conflict with Kunzite's questionable tactics because of it, so much that he teams up with the Sailor Guardians almost as much as he did before his "brainwashing" (you can't say he was actually brainwashed if he acts the same way he did before). The anime also really loved the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]], so this was a convenient excuse to keep everything the same and allow for more mindless {{filler}}. The manga was more of a horror-tragedy (though it did have comedy), thus Endymion became a full-blown CardCarryingVillain who targeted anyone if it could help him take down the Guardians. It also seriously looks as if Sailor Moon will have to kill her soulmate to save him. The anime solved this dilemma with an AssPull.
** Unintentionally Inverted with the Black Moon Clan in ''R''. You're supposed to feel sorry for everyone except [[BigBad Wiseman]] and [[HateSink Rubeus]]. Their backstory was changed to be more sympathetic, but they mostly treat each other like assholes, [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic so it's hard to feel sorry for them]]. While they were changed from terrorists to ''descendants'' of terrorists, they act exactly the same, murdering millions, if not billions, of innocent people, try to [[WouldHurtAChild kill a six-year-old]], and never actually earn their redemption. They were just handed it like it was one of Oprah's giveaways. They also say dismissive things towards humans even though they're technically descendants of Earthlings. The Ayakashi Sisters actually cared for each other in the manga. In the anime, they're petty, vain, catty bitches who obsess over getting Rubeus' attention for some reason and only act like they care about each other when it's time for their HeelFaceTurn. Koan was supposed to be a LoveMartyr, but it just makes you wonder [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim what she sees in Rubeus]] since he's a {{jerkass}}. The only way Diamond qualifies for this trope is by acting nice to his brother and even ''that'' has [[IncestSubtext incestuous]] [[RelationshipWritingFumble undertones]]. In the manga, him threatening his brother is a sign of how he's too far gone to even care for him anymore. Otherwise anime!Diamond acts the same as manga!Diamond. The only difference is the anime thought it'd be a ''great'' idea to pull a last minute, half-assed RedemptionEqualsDeath on the guy who tried to sexually assault, ''twice'', the heroine and control her with his powers and who generally sees her as a prize to be won. ''Then'' it had the ''audacity'' to claim he really loved her! [[SarcasmMode Isn't this the most feminist, empowering anime ever?]]
** Perhaps the most shocking example is Professor Tomoe, who becomes a Type II AntiVillain. In the manga, he's a MadScientist whose entire motivation revolves around doing things ForScience and doesn't care about his daughter Hotaru. In the anime, he only made a DealWithTheDevil and became a Deathbuster to save Hotaru. Unfortunately, completely changing Tomoe's character resulted in an AdaptationInducedPlothole because all future events in the manga hinged on the fact that Tomoe was evil. The anime never even bothered to show Tomoe being a good father to Hotaru after the events of ''S'', so it rendered his personality change moot; it would've been better had they just killed him off like in the manga.
** The fourth season, ''[=SuperS=]'', has yet another Inverted example. The Amazon Trio were [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]] in the manga. The anime came up with {{MacGuffin}}s called dream mirrors to fuel the plot and decided to have the Trio, now promoted to a QuirkyMinibossSquad, have existential crises over their lack of [[AnatomyOfTheSoul dream mirrors]] and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman animal natures]] and befriend the heroes before reverting to their animal forms and being taken to a magical sanctuary. This would be all fine and dandy if they hadn't also been made into ''rapists''. All five of the main girls and the lead girl's boyfriend are targeted by them. Tiger's Eye was also made a pedophile. On top of that, only one of them, Fisheye, underwent anything close to CharacterDevelopment; the other two seem to switch sides because the new QuirkyMinibossSquad is trying to kill them. Fisheye's also the only one who really befriends the heroes, specifically Usagi and develops a crush on her boyfriend Mamoru. All are EasilyForgiven and that "magical sanctuary"? Presided over by the very boy they were trying to find who's also the future son-in-law of the heroine and a member of her boyfriend's kingdom who doesn't actually have any reason to pity and save them, but does so anyway because LighterAndSofter.
** Even the heroes get hit by this. Anime Rei, Haruka, and Michiru are supposed to be inversions, being DarkerAndEdgier GoodIsNotNice versions of their manga selves, but they're just straight-up bitches who think ItsAllAboutMe who have no respect whatsoever for their princess and leader. Haruka slaps Usagi in ''Sailor Stars'' and Rei slapped her ''twice'' in Classic and emotionally abuses her the entire series. Because this is apparently female friendship. There wasn't even any reason for the change besides the anime living for cheap conflict and it most definitely did ''not'' make them more complex than in the manga. It did the exact opposite by turning them into one-note stereotypes: Rei was "the bitch" and Haruka and Michiru were "the lesbians". The only thing keeping them from full-on AdaptationalVillainy is the three officially being on the side of good[[note]]and the anime refusing to acknowledge their complete and utter bitchiness and selfishness[[/note]].
*** Mamoru's a downplayed inversion. He was turned into a [[TallDarkAndSnarky snarky]] [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]]. In Classic, his relationship with Usagi ran on BelligerentSexualTension and nothing else. While he was a little snarky to Usagi in the manga, it was a very small part of his personality and overall their relationship was a lot warmer and you could ''see'' them falling in love. The change seems to have been motivated by several factors: see cheap conflict above, the writers envisioning Mamoru's role differently than the mangaka, the writers not knowing how to write romance, and the writers just flat-out hating him. Needless to say, anime!Mamoru was a ''very'' FlatCharacter. The above mentioned personality was only relevant for two seasons; after that he became, as one Tumblr user put it, a walking Ken doll. Manga!Mamoru was a quiet, smart, brooding introvert.
* ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' follows the manga in establishing that the Shitennou were GoodAllAlong and merely BrainwashedAndCrazy; in this version they live long enough to break out of their brainwashing and revert to their good natures not once but twice (they also remember their master Endymion earlier than in the manga). Unfortunately, it doesn't do them a lot of good as the first time they are immediately re-brainwashed by Beryl and the second time Metaria [[DroppedABridgeOnHim suddenly offs them]] the moment [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they've outlived their usefulness]]. Considering this is [[OmnicidalManiac Metaria]] we're talking about, she would've killed them (and Beryl) anyway had she obtained the [[{{MacGuffin}} Legendary Silver Crystal]].

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* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': The 90s anime ''tried'' to play played this trope straight with its depiction of some of the villains, but [=YMMV=] since a lot of the villains it tried to "redeem" made no attempt to apologize for their heinous actions and were EasilyForgiven. Trying to redeem Diamond in particular was just morally questionable considering he was a genocidal rapist.
mostly straight.
** Inverted at first with Nephrite in Classic. He was subjected to AdaptationalVillainy before ends up falling for Naru/Molly and sacrificing himself for her. In the writers decided to give him a storyline where he randomly decided to save a girl he had been manipulating for the past several episodes to obtain the {{MacGuffin}}. Did we mention he acted creepily similar to an ''abusive boyfriend'' manga, he's defeated handily in his interactions with her? Not to mention he appears to be somewhere in his mid-20s while said girl was ''14''. And his HeelFaceTurn came out of nowhere. Even ''he'' was confused why he was saving her.
Sailor Jupiter's DebutQueue chapter.
** As a result of the anime being LighterAndSofter, also in Classic, Dark Endymion acts as a NobleDemon who had a strict code of never hurting anyone innocent and often comes into conflict with Kunzite's questionable tactics because of it, so much that he teams up with the Sailor Guardians almost as much as he did before his "brainwashing" (you can't say he was actually brainwashed if he acts the same way he did before). The anime also really loved the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]], so this was a convenient excuse to keep everything the same and allow for more mindless {{filler}}.brainwashing. The manga was more of a horror-tragedy (though it did have comedy), thus Endymion became a full-blown CardCarryingVillain who targeted anyone if it could help him take down the Guardians. It also seriously looks as if Sailor Moon will have to kill her soulmate to save him. him.
**
The anime solved this dilemma with an AssPull.
** Unintentionally Inverted with the
Black Moon Clan in ''R''. You're supposed to feel sorry for everyone except [[BigBad Wiseman]] and [[HateSink Rubeus]]. Their backstory was changed to be more sympathetic, but they mostly treat each other like assholes, [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic so it's hard to feel sorry for them]]. While ''R'': they were changed from terrorists to ''descendants'' of terrorists, though they act exactly the same, murdering millions, if not billions, of innocent people, try to [[WouldHurtAChild kill a six-year-old]], and never actually earn their redemption. They were just handed it like it was one of Oprah's giveaways. They also say dismissive things towards humans even though they're technically descendants of Earthlings. The six-year-old]]. Inverted with the Ayakashi Sisters Sisters, who actually cared for each other in the manga. In the anime, they're petty, vain, catty bitches who obsess over getting Rubeus' attention for some reason and only act like they care about each other when it's time for their HeelFaceTurn. Koan was supposed to be a LoveMartyr, but it just makes you wonder [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim what she sees in Rubeus]] since he's a {{jerkass}}. The only way Diamond qualifies for this trope is by acting nice to his brother and even ''that'' has [[IncestSubtext incestuous]] [[RelationshipWritingFumble undertones]]. In the manga, him threatening his brother is a sign of how he's too far gone to even care for him anymore. Otherwise anime!Diamond acts the same as manga!Diamond. The only difference is the anime thought it'd be a ''great'' idea to pull a last minute, half-assed RedemptionEqualsDeath on the guy who tried to sexually assault, ''twice'', the heroine and control her with his powers and who generally sees her as a prize to be won. ''Then'' it had the ''audacity'' to claim he really loved her! [[SarcasmMode Isn't this the most feminist, empowering anime ever?]]
HeelFaceTurn.
** Perhaps the most shocking example is Professor Tomoe, who becomes a Type II AntiVillain. In the manga, he's a MadScientist whose entire motivation revolves around doing things ForScience and doesn't care about his daughter Hotaru. In the anime, he only made a DealWithTheDevil and became a Deathbuster to save Hotaru. Unfortunately, completely changing Tomoe's character resulted in an AdaptationInducedPlothole because all future events in the manga hinged on the fact that Tomoe was evil. The anime never even bothered to show Tomoe being a good father to Hotaru after the events of ''S'', so it rendered his personality change moot; it would've been better had they just killed him off like in the manga.
Hotaru.
** The fourth season, ''[=SuperS=]'', has yet another Inverted example. The Amazon Trio were [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]] in the manga. The anime came up with {{MacGuffin}}s called dream mirrors to fuel the plot and decided to have the Trio, now promoted to a QuirkyMinibossSquad, have existential crises over their lack of [[AnatomyOfTheSoul dream mirrors]] and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman animal natures]] and befriend the heroes before reverting to their animal forms and being taken to a magical sanctuary. This would be all fine and dandy if they hadn't also been made into ''rapists''. their method of seeking dream mirrors didn't have creepy, rape-y undertones. All five of the main girls and the lead girl's boyfriend are targeted by them. Tiger's Eye was also made a pedophile. On top of that, only one of them, Fisheye, underwent anything close to CharacterDevelopment; the other two seem to switch sides because the new QuirkyMinibossSquad is trying to kill them. Fisheye's also the only one who really befriends the heroes, specifically Usagi and develops a crush on her boyfriend Mamoru. All are EasilyForgiven and that "magical sanctuary"? Presided over by the very boy they were trying to find who's also the future son-in-law of the heroine and a member of her boyfriend's kingdom who doesn't actually have any reason to pity and save them, but does so anyway because LighterAndSofter.
** Even the heroes get hit by this. Anime Rei, Haruka, and Michiru are supposed to be inversions, being DarkerAndEdgier GoodIsNotNice versions of their manga selves, but they're just straight-up bitches who think ItsAllAboutMe who have no respect whatsoever for their princess and leader. Haruka slaps Usagi in ''Sailor Stars'' and Rei slapped her ''twice'' in Classic and emotionally abuses her the entire series. Because this is apparently female friendship. There wasn't even any reason for the change besides the anime living for cheap conflict and it most definitely did ''not'' make them more complex than in the manga. It did the exact opposite by turning them into one-note stereotypes: Rei was "the bitch" and Haruka and Michiru were "the lesbians". The only thing keeping them from full-on AdaptationalVillainy is the three officially being on the side of good[[note]]and the anime refusing to acknowledge their complete and utter bitchiness and selfishness[[/note]].
*** Mamoru's a downplayed inversion. He was turned into a [[TallDarkAndSnarky snarky]] [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]]. In Classic, his relationship with Usagi ran on BelligerentSexualTension and nothing else. While he was a little snarky to Usagi in the manga, it was a very small part of his personality and overall their relationship was a lot warmer and you could ''see'' them falling in love. The change seems to have been motivated by several factors: see cheap conflict above, the writers envisioning Mamoru's role differently than the mangaka, the writers not knowing how to write romance, and the writers just flat-out hating him. Needless to say, anime!Mamoru was a ''very'' FlatCharacter. The above mentioned personality was only relevant for two seasons; after that he became, as one Tumblr user put it, a walking Ken doll. Manga!Mamoru was a quiet, smart, brooding introvert.
them.
* ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' follows the manga in establishing that the Shitennou were GoodAllAlong and merely BrainwashedAndCrazy; in this version they live long enough to break out of their brainwashing and revert to their good natures not once but twice (they also remember their master Endymion earlier than in the manga). Unfortunately, it doesn't do them a lot of good as the first time they are immediately re-brainwashed by Beryl and the second time Metaria Metalia [[DroppedABridgeOnHim suddenly offs them]] the moment [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they've outlived their usefulness]]. Considering this is [[OmnicidalManiac Metaria]] we're talking about, she would've killed them (and Beryl) anyway had she obtained the [[{{MacGuffin}} Legendary Silver Crystal]].usefulness]].


* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': While both versions of Diva are [[AntiVillain Anti-Villains]] and {{Psychopathic Manchild}}ren, the manga makes her a much more sympathetic character. Anime!Diva had a sadistic streak and often relished the thought of killing Saya, whereas Manga!Diva genuinely cares for both Saya and her Chevaliers, and doesn't seem to understand that killing is wrong. The "heroism" part is also aided by the fact that unlike in the anime, she doesn't [[spoiler:rape and murder Riku.]]

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* ''Anime/AceAttorney'':
** In the games the anime is based on, Marvin Grossberg, Cody Hackins, and Wendy Oldbag all need to be [[BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible outright interrogated to learn what they know.]] In the anime, Grossberg tells Phoenix everything he knows about Mia's murderer without prompts and Cody takes nowhere near the effort to get him to reveal what he saw, spilling the beans after some prompting and a speech about the meaning of justice. Oldbag meanwhile, overhears this speech and then has an internal conflict about whether she should reveal to Phoenix about an accident the victim was involved in; she gives him a photograph after hearing a second speech by Cody.
** Speaking of Grossberg, in the game he never tells Maya his involvement in the DL-6 incident that lead to her mother vanishing. Here he does and outright begs her to forgive him.
** Jack Hammer was one of the biggest {{asshole victim}}s in the games. There he [[spoiler:tries to murder Dee Vasquez and frame Will Powers for it]], drugged Powers, was jealous of Powers' fame and it is implied that the accident that caused one of his co-stars to die might have been deliberate. The anime removes all of this except [[spoiler: his attempt to kill Vasquez]] making him more of a broken man pushed to extreme actions.
** From that same case is Sal Melina. In the game, he [[spoiler: helped Dee Vasquez cover up her accidental murder of the aforementioned Jack Hammer. In the anime, however, he seemed to have no involvement in the murder whatsoever. Everything from moving the body to swapping out the costumes was done by Vasquez alone.]]
** At the end of the final case of the first game, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Larry was the one who stole Edgeworth's lunch money back when the two of them and Phoenix were in school together. The anime, however, has a special episode dedicated to expanding on that incident. While Larry ''did'' take the money, he did so unwittingly. Edgeworth had dropped it on the way to school and Larry simply found it, none the wiser of who it belonged to. He even turned it in to the police, not actually spending it until after enough time had gone by without it being claimed for him to legally take it for himself. This is a far cry from the games, where he basically admits that he took it out of greed, knowing fully well who it belonged to and showing zero remorse for doing so.]]
** In the adaptation of Reunion and Turnanbout, the plot to [[spoiler: murder Turner Grey and frame Maya for it was all Morgan Fey's idea. Ini Minney only wanted to rig the channeling in a way that Turner wouldn't discover that the woman he's trying to channel was actually 'her'. She approached Morgan Fey to this end, who then blackmailed Minney into going along with her plans by threatening to expose her secret. In the game, both of them were in on the whole thing together.]]
** The final case of the second game has yet another {{asshole victim}} actor, Juan Corrida. In the game, after discovering Celeste Inpax's suicide note, he destroyed it and replaced it on its own in order to [[spoiler:frame his equally asshole-ish (or worse) rival Matt Engarde, merely treating it as a way to pay back for his wounded pride without any care about Celeste, who he just divorced because of a piece of information Matt threw in, making him care more about his rivalry]]. In the anime, he didn't destroy the suicide note and plans to publicize it as original as it can be, [[spoiler:meaning that he puts aside his rivalry with Matt and decides that he has to be brought to justice for Celeste's suicide which was pretty mortifying for him]].
* In the ''Manga/AkuNoHana'' anime, Saeki seems to accept Takao's decision to break up with her with quiet dignity and then leaves him alone. In the original manga, this instead causes her to become a full-on {{yandere}} and eventually [[spoiler:rape him]].
* One of the manga adaptations of ''[[Anime/BattleSpiritsShonenGekihaDan Battle Spirits Brave]]'' portrays Geraid as heroic and legitimately loyal to Gilfam. This couldn't be any more opposite from his role in the anime.
* ''Anime/BloodPlus'': While both versions of Diva are [[AntiVillain Anti-Villains]] and {{Psychopathic Manchild}}ren, the manga makes her a much more sympathetic character. Anime!Diva had a sadistic streak and often relished the thought of killing Saya, Saya whereas Manga!Diva manga!Diva genuinely cares for both Saya and her Chevaliers, Chevaliers and doesn't seem to understand that killing is wrong. The "heroism" part is also aided by the fact that unlike in the anime, she doesn't [[spoiler:rape and murder Riku.]]]]
* ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'': In the manga, [[spoiler:Chizu]], while tying to get revenge on [[spoiler:the men who gang-raped her]], fires Zearth's lasers at them and feels no remorse for the many innocent people who are caught in the blasts and killed. She just barely is talked down from killing Hatagai by [[spoiler:her sister]], who tells her to kill her as well and her family after learning what she did and what was done to her, considers her actions all but unforgivable. In the anime, she doesn't kill anyone prior to her aborted attempt on Hatagai's life which she stops the moment she sees [[spoiler:her sister]] trying to protect him. In a more debatable scene, in the manga, she kills [[spoiler:Kako while he's beating up Kirie]], but in the anime, she pushes him away when he tries to rape her, causing him to fall down the stairs and die when the building he's in collapses.
* In ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'', Ivan's father turns his baby into a cyborg via experiments on the brain ([[spoiler:we later find out it was to save him from an illness, but it was still irresponsible]]), kills his wife when she tries to go to the police about it, and joins Black Ghost partially to escape from the law and partially to continue his experiments. In the graphic novel retelling, he is portrayed as a ReluctantMadScientist who focused on saving his son's life and was ''very'' uncomfortable with Black Ghost's plans. 001 Even acknowledges that his father did everything to save him and [[spoiler:is able to talk his father out of capturing the cyborgs at which point his father performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save them]].
* In the ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' anime, Byakuya Togami is still quite a jerk who is callous and doesn't think much of cooperation, as he was in the visual novel. In the anime, however, he doesn't openly profess that he's planning to eventually murder someone and get away with it.
** Similarly, the manga actually explores Celestia Ludenburg's past and motives more than the game or anime did, which makes her far more sympathetic.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** In the original manga and anime, L is a rather ruthless AntiHero who [[WordOfGod the author describes]] as being "a little bit evil." In his movie ''[[Film/LChangeTheWorld L: Change The World]]'', L is a lonely, misunderstood [[TheWoobie Woobie]] ActionHero guy who cares for sick orphans.
** In the live-action films, Light Yagami himself falls into this to a degree. According to WordOfGod, in the original anime and manga, Light is a perfectionist who couldn't deal with the fact that he accidentally killed someone (thus, he reasons that it was okay, since the dude was an asshole, and that it's okay to kill criminals). In the films, his StartOfDarkness is in part because he held the law on a BrokenPedestal. Light is given this treatment even further in the live action 2015 series, where he deeply loves his family (even if he has a strained relationship with his father), actually reciprocates Misa's feelings, and was even able to save people using the Death Note (getting rid of JerkJock Souta and saving his father from his mother's murderer). And that's to say nothing of "Light Turner" from the 2017 Netflix film.
* ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'': The anime largely downplays the level of Maou's responsibility in and the scale of the atrocities his forces have committed and also leaves out that many of his more heroic actions are actually PragmaticVillainy: he doesn't return to Ente Isla as soon as he has the chance because he would ''lose'' and cleans up the damage to the city to make a good impression on Emi's group so they won't kill him.
* Beelzebumon is one of the Seven Demon Lords in the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' mythology. In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', he (as Impmon) starts out as a WildCard before receiving a power-up from the villains to evolve into Beelzebumon. He initially opposes the heroes, but has a HeelFaceTurn later, becoming TheAtoner. In ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'', a different Beelzebumon, under the alias "Baalmon", also starts off working for the baddies, but it's really just so he can investigate who drove him to kill his comrades. He gets killed once he found out, but upon reincarnating, becomes a major player in the Xros Heart army.



* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Yugi's SuperpoweredAlterEgo is generally played as a noble hero; in the original manga, especially early on, he's somewhere between a SociopathicHero and a barely-controllable SuperpoweredEvilSide.
** The manga version of Seto Kaiba is a cold individual who, during the Death-T arc, is revealed to have acquired his Blue-Eyes White Dragons through less than honorable means and climbed the ladder at Kaiba Corp rapidly [[spoiler: which resulted in his adoptive father Gozaburo being DrivenToSuicide]]; and treats Yugi and his friends with his utmost bitterness (he even outright says he's disgusted by their friendship) and flat out tries to kill them. [[KickTheMoralityPet Even his younger brother Mokuba isn't safe from his abuse]]. In the anime, Kaiba initially displays the characteristics of his manga counterpart, but eventually softens by the Battle City arc and even helps Yugi and his friends in key moments. His worst acts from the manga as also removed so at worst he only comes off as an arrogant, selfish, {{Jerkass}} instead of a full blown villain.
** Shadi in the manga and first anime is a ManipulativeBastard who has absolutely zero problem using innocent people as pawns. The version in the second anime has much more of a sense of honor and helps Yugi and his friends out more often. Not to mention that the two Millennium Items he had - the Key and the Scales - had the potential to be the most dangerous of them all. The Key allowed him to enter a person's mind and reconfigure the victim's personality any way he desired (making the victim his slave if he had to) while the Scales seemed to be a representation of the Scales of Maat, and could judge a sinner and not only kill him if his guilt was confirmed, but possibly condemn his soul. (Indeed, it's likely a good thing he held onto both of them.)
** Pegasus in the anime ends up becoming something of an ally to Yugi's group, aiding them in both the Doma arc and the Pyramid of Light film. In this case, it's not really because of any major personality change, but because [[SparedByTheAdaptation he outlasts his manga counterpart]], who never lived long enough to undergo any similar development before dying.
** Seto's younger brother Mokuba. Like Kaiba, his worst actions from the manga are removed where his early appearances he tried to kill Yugi and his friends. In the anime he's only briefly antagonistic and quickly gets on better terms with the main cast than his brother.
* In the ''Manga/YuGiOhGX'' manga, Kaiser is far less of an AloofBigBrother to Sho, and doesn't view him as untalented as much as being too concerned with his opponents' feelings to win (for example, throwing a duel because his opponent was getting upset). He also never becomes Hell Kaiser, and is on the heroes' side the entire time.
* Between [[Anime/YuGiOhArcV the anime of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V]] and [[Manga/YuGiOhArcV its manga]]:
** The anime version of Yuri is a psychotic asshole who wants to duel everyone and trap them in cards until he's the last person in existence. While the manga version of him is kind of an asshole, he's firmly a hero and will do anything to help and protect Yuya.
** The anime version of Leo Akaba is neglectful of his son and is leading an army to conquer dimensions. The manga version of him has a good relationship with his son and is a good-natured scientist.
* In ''Anime/SonicX'' Dr Eggman starts off an AffablyEvil villain similar to the games, before becoming more and more harmless, his scruples and respect for Sonic coming into play often, and spends most of the Third Season in AntiVillain territory. This is even more prominent in the [[ComicBook/SonicX comic adaptation]].
* In the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' manga, Shampoo was a cold, {{Manipulative B|astard}}itch who had no problem toying with Ranma, and even less so [[MurderTheHypotenuse with wanting to kill Akane]] (though she's far from the only one in that regard). She still has a few shades of her manga counterpart in the anime, but she also shows much more genuine feelings for Ranma and goes out of her way to save Akane's life at one point.
** In the manga, {{flanderization}} caused Ukyo to become more and more of a scheming, cold-hearted JerkAss as the stories went on, including partaking in several notorious KickTheDog moments alongside Shampoo & Kodachi and blatantly abusing Konatsu, a minor character introduced in the last few volumes as a genuine NiceGuy who had a horribly abusive upbringing and who happens to be in love with her.
** To a lesser extent, Kodachi also comes off as somewhat more sympathetic in the anime. In the manga, she seems to be more interested in Ranma as a plaything, but in the anime, her interest comes off as more sincere (albeit still delusional) and she has a number of PetTheDog moments towards him.
** Zigzagged with Akane; on the one hand, [[AdaptationalJerkass she's more short-tempered and abrasive in the anime than in the manga]], but on the other hand, she's also far less of a ''dick'' in the anime than she is in the manga. In the manga, the hypnotic mushroom story had Akane accuse Ranma of trying to rape her, attacking him with lethal weapons, and pointedly clutching a shinai[[note]]kendo training sword[[/note]] and giving him the evil eye; in the anime version, she never does any of that and the story ends on a joke. Likewise, in the manga version of Hinako Ninomiya's introduction, she accuses Ranma of rape and is later shown selectively remembering their argument to make herself out as the good guy, which she wasn't; none of that showed up in the anime version.
* While still villains, the evil actions of the characters in ''Anime/GoLion'' were toned down in ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''.
** Daibazaal was a tyrant who had Fala's entire family shot, commits horrible atrocities on the conquered, and has slaves killed for sport. Its even revealed any affection Daibazaal has with his son, Sincline, is fake, and Daibazaal has no love for him, only keeping around because killing him would cause scandal. In ''Voltron'', Zarkon was a tyrant who killed Allura's father, isn't shown to murder slaves for sport, and doesn't commit horrible atrocities on the conquered. Zarkon's relationship with Lotor is more ambiguous, with Zarkon seeming to shown genuine affection for Lotor at times.
** Honerva was always a WickedWitch and commits satanic acts on her enemies and Galra prisoners. In ''Voltron'', Haggar used to be a good Sorceress and her actions are more typical witchery.
** Sincline was a mentally unbalanced ChildByRape who abused women, had a sick obsession with Fala, tended to kill his subordinates, and any honor he showed was fake. In ''Voltron'', Lotor had a HairTriggerTemper, only attempted AndNowYouMustMarryMe stuff, had a more genuine affection for Allura, only yelled threats at his subordinates, and was actually honorable. Lotor even pulled an EnemyMine to save Allura at one point.
** The Galra as a whole got this. In the 11th episode of Golion, Galra was doing a PrisonerExchange, but its revealed to the audience, Galra had no intention to honor this, and was going to kill the hostages [[ILied anyway]]. In the 11th episode of ''Voltron'', the Drules of Planet Doom, seemed like they were going to actually keep to the deal.

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* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
''Manga/TheElectricTaleOfPikachu'':
** Yugi's SuperpoweredAlterEgo In [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]], Damian is generally an {{Jerkass}} trainer who abuses and abandons his Charmander, which Ash adopts. However, here he actually meant to return to get Charmander and shows concern for it, but was injured in an accident, going to look for Charmander later himself, before he completely recovered, and is later happily reunited with it.
** In the anime, Sabrina started out as a [[IceQueen cold psychic]] with a CreepyChild LiteralSplitPersonality. Here, she's a kindhearted and compassionate {{miko}}.
* In the anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', Julio Chesaré and his master Pope Vittorio Serevare are good guys with the former aiding the protagonists at various points and the latter pulling a HeroicSacrifice in the fourth season. In the light novels, Pope Vittorio is the surviving villain of a BigBadEnsemble and Julio is his [[TheDragon Dragon]]. He [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates others (including Queen Henrietta)]], is willing to employ assassination, and
played a role in instigating Gallia's wars (which was led by the other BigBad). He is also plotting to start a war against the elves reclaim the Holy Land, even to the point of wiping them out. [[WellIntentionedExtremist There are apparently good motives to his actions]] as a noble hero; he claims that he is trying to save humanity and that it ultimately comes down to "us or them" with the elves. Sadly, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Noboru Yamaguchi, author of the light novels, passed away, so we'll probably never know Vittorio's complete plan and motivations.]] Interestingly, Yamaguchi was involved heavily in the original manga, especially early on, he's somewhere between a SociopathicHero fourth season, so Vittorio and a barely-controllable SuperpoweredEvilSide.
** The
Julio's adaptational shift was something that he at least okayed, if not planned out himself.
* In the
manga version of Seto Kaiba is a cold individual who, during the Death-T arc, is revealed ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Shinji doesn't [[spoiler:rape Sakura]], seems to have acquired his Blue-Eyes White Dragons through less than honorable means [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]], and climbed the ladder at Kaiba Corp rapidly [[spoiler: which resulted in his adoptive father Gozaburo being DrivenToSuicide]]; and treats Yugi and his friends with his utmost bitterness (he even outright says he's disgusted by their friendship) and flat out tries to kill them. [[KickTheMoralityPet Even his younger brother Mokuba isn't safe from his abuse]]. In the anime, Kaiba initially displays the characteristics of his manga counterpart, but eventually softens by pulls a HeelFaceTurn on his own.
* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist'':
** In contrast to
the Battle City arc unrepentant villain she was in [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist the manga]], Lust is more sympathetic, the most adamant of the Homunculi [[PinocchioSyndrome to become human]], and the one most prone [[ContemplateOurNavels to introspection]]. [[spoiler:She ultimately ends up helping Edward, albeit for her own purposes.]] On the flip side, this also means we got a much more whiny, emo, stereotypical female character who unsurprisingly pulls a HighHeelFaceTurn. [[SarcasmMode Didn't see that coming]]. Her switching sides doesn't even helps Yugi and his friends amount to anything because she's killed shortly thereafter. Plus she abandons Gluttony who is ''also'' more sympathetic in key moments. His worst acts from the this version due to AdaptationalBackstoryChange. Anime!Lust was really just a whiny little selfish bitch so [=YMMV=] on how "sympathetic" you find her. Her manga as also removed so at worst he only comes off as an arrogant, selfish, {{Jerkass}} instead of self was a full blown kick-ass villain.
** Shadi in the manga [[MadScientist Shou Tucker]] still [[spoiler:uses his daughter and first anime is dog to form a ManipulativeBastard who has absolutely zero problem using innocent people as pawns. The version in the second anime has much chimera]], but when confronted by Ed he's less ForScience and more of a sense of honor IDidWhatIHadToDo and helps Yugi and his friends out more often. Not to mention that the two Millennium Items he had - the Key and the Scales - had the potential to be the most dangerous of them all. The Key allowed him to enter a person's mind and reconfigure the victim's personality any way he desired (making the victim his slave if he had to) while the Scales seemed to be a representation of the Scales of Maat, and could judge a sinner and not only kill him if his guilt was confirmed, but possibly condemn his soul. (Indeed, it's likely a good thing he held onto both of them.)
** Pegasus in the anime ends up becoming something of an ally to Yugi's group, aiding them in both the Doma arc and the Pyramid of Light film. In this case, it's not really because of any major personality change, but because
[[SparedByTheAdaptation surviving after that]] leads him to [[TheAtoner regret what he outlasts his manga counterpart]], who never lived long enough did]] and try to undergo any similar development before dying.
reverse it (albeit in a perverse way).
** Seto's younger brother Mokuba. Like Kaiba, his worst actions from [[spoiler:Selim Bradley]] is not a homunculus in the manga are removed where his early appearances he tried to kill Yugi and his friends. In the first anime he's only briefly antagonistic and quickly gets on better terms with the main cast than his brother.
* In the ''Manga/YuGiOhGX'' manga, Kaiser is far less of an AloofBigBrother to Sho, and doesn't view him as untalented as much as being too concerned with his opponents' feelings to win (for example, throwing a duel because his opponent was getting upset). He also never becomes Hell Kaiser,
and is on just a normal human uninvolved in the heroes' side the entire time.
* Between [[Anime/YuGiOhArcV the anime of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V]] and [[Manga/YuGiOhArcV its manga]]:
plot [[spoiler:who helps Roy defeat Pride at a critical moment (albeit unwittingly)]].
** The anime version of Yuri is a psychotic asshole who wants to duel everyone and trap them in cards until he's the last person in existence. While the manga version of him is kind of an asshole, he's firmly a hero and will do anything to help and protect Yuya.
** The anime version of Leo Akaba is neglectful of his son and is leading an army to conquer dimensions. The manga version of him has a good relationship with his son and is a good-natured scientist.
* In ''Anime/SonicX'' Dr Eggman starts off an AffablyEvil villain similar to the games, before becoming more and more harmless, his scruples and respect for Sonic coming into play often, and spends most of the Third Season in AntiVillain territory. This is even more prominent in the [[ComicBook/SonicX comic adaptation]].
* In the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' manga, Shampoo was a cold, {{Manipulative B|astard}}itch who had no problem toying with Ranma, and even less so [[MurderTheHypotenuse with wanting to kill Akane]] (though she's far from the only one in that regard). She still has a few shades of her manga counterpart in the anime, but she also shows much more genuine feelings for Ranma and goes out of her way to save Akane's life at one point.
** In the manga, {{flanderization}} caused Ukyo to become more and more of a scheming, cold-hearted JerkAss as the stories went on, including partaking in several notorious KickTheDog moments alongside Shampoo & Kodachi and blatantly abusing Konatsu, a minor character introduced in the last few volumes as a genuine NiceGuy who had a horribly abusive upbringing and who happens to be in love with her.
** To a lesser extent, Kodachi also comes off as somewhat
Slicer brothers are portrayed considerably more sympathetic in the anime. anime despite being a pair of serial killers. The younger brother kills himself after deciding being stuck in half a suit of armor was worse than death. In the manga, she seems to be more interested in Ranma as a plaything, but in he's raging that he can still fight when Envy destroys his blood seal.
*** [[AdaptationalVillainy Conversely Barry the Chopper is made less sympathetic]]. In
the anime, her interest Barry delights in murder and is killed on accident while massacring a refugee camp of Ishvalans. In the manga, he comes off across as more sincere (albeit ComedicSociopathy who still delusional) and she has a number of PetTheDog moments towards him.
** Zigzagged
shows redeeming factors (such as an infatuation with Akane; on the one hand, [[AdaptationalJerkass she's more short-tempered and abrasive Riza).
* Aru Akise
in ''Manga/FutureDiary'' is never portrayed as a villain in either the anime than in or the manga]], manga, but on gets a small, but extremely important change between the other hand, she's also far less of a ''dick'' in two. In the anime than she is in the manga. anime, when [[spoiler:Yukiteru snaps and guns down his remaining friends, Akise tries to stop him]]. In the manga, the hypnotic mushroom story had Akane accuse Ranma of trying to rape her, attacking scene is almost the same, except Akise hangs out off panel and just watches him with lethal weapons, and pointedly clutching a shinai[[note]]kendo training sword[[/note]] and giving him the evil eye; in the anime version, she never does any of that and the story ends on a joke. Likewise, in the manga version of Hinako Ninomiya's introduction, she accuses Ranma of rape and is later shown selectively remembering their argument to make herself out as the good guy, which she wasn't; none of that showed up in the anime version.
* While still villains, the evil actions of the characters in ''Anime/GoLion'' were toned down in ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''.
** Daibazaal was a tyrant who had Fala's entire family shot, commits horrible atrocities on the conquered, and has slaves killed for sport. Its even revealed any affection Daibazaal has with his son, Sincline, is fake, and Daibazaal has no love for him, only keeping around because killing him would cause scandal. In ''Voltron'', Zarkon was a tyrant who killed Allura's father, isn't shown to murder slaves for sport, and doesn't commit horrible atrocities on the conquered. Zarkon's relationship with Lotor is more ambiguous, with Zarkon seeming to shown genuine affection for Lotor at times.
** Honerva was always a WickedWitch and commits satanic acts on her enemies and Galra prisoners. In ''Voltron'', Haggar used to be a good Sorceress and her actions are more typical witchery.
** Sincline was a mentally unbalanced ChildByRape who abused women, had a sick obsession with Fala, tended to kill his subordinates, and any honor he showed was fake. In ''Voltron'', Lotor had a HairTriggerTemper, only attempted AndNowYouMustMarryMe stuff, had a more genuine affection for Allura, only yelled threats at his subordinates, and was actually honorable. Lotor even pulled an EnemyMine to save Allura at one point.
** The Galra as a whole got this. In the 11th episode of Golion, Galra was doing a PrisonerExchange, but its revealed to the audience, Galra had no intention to honor this, and was going to kill the hostages [[ILied anyway]]. In the 11th episode of ''Voltron'', the Drules of Planet Doom, seemed like they were going to actually keep to the deal.
do it.



** In the manga, AntiHero Hayato Jin is a homicidal psychopath and terrorist, who in his debut violently murders a pair of classmates after the boys speak out against his plot to kill Japan's prime minister. In the 70s anime, he's a loner and kind of a dick, but is mostly just a moody schoolboy. Averted ''hard'' in the ''New Getter Robo'' OVA, where Hayato is once again depicted as a murderous terrorist. As an homage to his manga debut, he even beats one of his henchmen to death after the man tries to back out of a raid, and does so while ''[[EvilLaugh laughing]]''.

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** In the manga, AntiHero Hayato Jin is a homicidal psychopath and terrorist, terrorist who in his debut violently murders a pair of classmates after the boys speak out against his plot to kill Japan's prime minister. In the 70s anime, he's a loner and kind of a dick, but is mostly just a moody schoolboy. Averted ''hard'' in the ''New Getter Robo'' OVA, OVA where Hayato is once again depicted as a murderous terrorist. As an homage to his manga debut, he even beats one of his henchmen to death after the man tries to back out of a raid, raid and does so while ''[[EvilLaugh laughing]]''.



* In the ''Manga/SoulEater'' manga, it turns out [[spoiler:Justin Law]] was TheMole, working for Asura. The anime diverges from the manga shortly before this plotline comes up, thus such a revelation never happened.
* Beelzebumon is one of the Seven Demon Lords in the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' mythology. In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', he (as Impmon) starts out as a WildCard, before receiving a power-up from the villains to evolve into Beelzebumon. He initially opposes the heroes, but has a HeelFaceTurn later, becoming TheAtoner. In ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' a different Beelzebumon, under the alias "Baalmon", also starts off working for the baddies, but it's really just so he can investigate who drove him to kill his comrades. He gets killed once he found out, but upon reincarnating, becomes a major player in the Xros Heart army.
* The 1992 anime version of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' compared to [[Manga/SailorMoon the manga]] has lots of these.
** Unique to the anime, the first season villain Nephrite (one of Queen Beryl's four generals) falls in love with Sailor Moon's friend Naru and dies trying to protect her from his fellow generals.
** Also in the first season, the BrainwashedAndCrazy Endymion acts as a NobleDemon who had a strict code of never hurting anyone innocent and often comes into conflict with Kunzite's questionable tactics because of it, so much that he teams up with the Sailor Senshi almost as much as he did before his brainwashing, whereas in the manga, Endymion became a full blown CardCarryingVillain who will target anyone if it could help him take down the Senshi.
** ''Sailor Moon R'' has QuirkyMinibossSquad the Four Phantom Sisters (whose roles are expanded with sympathetic backstory) performing a FaceHeelTurn against the Black Moon Clan and committing to normal human lives. Youngest Phantom Sister Koan, the ''first'' to turn good, was a LoveMartyr to her boss and soon convinced it wasn't worth it. The manga version posed as a fortune teller, and convinced people they were about to die to get them to join the Black Moon Clan, only to cause converts to ''spontaneously combust.'' She was killed and forgotten like any other MonsterOfTheWeek.
*** Prince Demand and his brother Saphire. The [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes two cared about each other in the manga]], but that was their only redeeming trait. Along with the rest of the Black Moon Clan they were exiles who tried to take over the Earth, and when Diamond finds he's outclassed by Death Phantom tries to destroy the universe with the two Silver Crystals. In the anime they had a sympathetic motive wanting a home for their people that were banished to Nemesis. Saphire even displays interest in living on Earth with the reformed Phantom Sisters, but is [[HeelFaceDoorSlam killed by Death Phantom before he gets the chance]]. Demand's VillainousCrush is turned into actual love and he gets a DeathEqualsRedemption moment against Death Phantom.
** Perhaps the most shocking example is Professor Tomoe, who goes to Type II AntiVillain.
** ''Sailor Moon [=SuperS=]'' has QuirkyMinibossSquad the Amazon Trio, who instead of being one shot Monsters of the Week, have existential crises over their lack of [[AnatomyOfTheSoul dream mirrors]] and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman animal natures]] and befriend the heroes before reverting to animal shapes and being taken to a magical sanctuary.
** ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' follows the manga in establishing that the Shitennou were GoodAllAlong and merely BrainwashedAndCrazy; in this version they live long enough to break out of their brainwashing and revert to their good natures not once but twice. Unfortunately it doesn't do them a lot of good, as the first time they are immediately re-brainwashed by Queen Beryl, and the second time the BigBad [[DroppedABridgeOnHim unceremoniously offs them]] the moment it's clear they won't work for the side of darkness any more.
* This and [[AdaptationalVillainy the opposite trope]] are quite common in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' because it is LighterAndSofter than the games, and runs on BlackAndWhiteMorality.
** In ''Best Wishes 2: Episode N'', N is far more heroic than he is in [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite the]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 games]], going from a rival [[spoiler:that was manipulated by Ghetsis]] who has his own agenda alongside Team Plasma to an ally of Ash and his friends and actively trying to stop Team Plasma, which got AdaptationalVillainy.
** The English dub did away with certain unsavory aspects of characters, such as toning down how cocky Misty is about her looks.
** When it comes to Pokémon themselves, a general rule of thumb is that if the Pokédex in the games describes them as violent, savage or sinister, then the series and/or movies will significantly downplay if not omit outright these traits (to the point where the show itself claims that no Pokémon is evil, as if it's a law of physics). [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghost-types]] and [[CombatPragmatist Dark-types]] like Gengar and Hydreigon get hit with this a lot.
** ''Anime/PokemonKyuremVSTheSwordOfJustice'' depicts the "Swords of Justice" as noble heroes fighting to protect Pokémon and humans. This is a far cry from the games, where they hate humans and fought ''against'' them to protect Pokémon (and they're never referred to as the Swords of Justice).
** Twice, Mewtwo undergoes this. The savage BloodKnight incapable of showing compassion to its foes is [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie depicted]] as a more human Pokémon wondering about its place in the world, while [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened another Mewtwo]] ([[FridgeLogic yeah, don't ask]]) is even kinder, with a feminine voice, a greater empathy towards Pokémon and a downplayed dislike towards humans.
** Downplayed example with Gladion: in the ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' games, Gladion is an enforcer for Team Skull who is incredibly abrasive in conversation and a perfectionist in battle [[spoiler: due to being disowned by Lusamine as a result of not wanting to follow her example]]. While his counterpart in the Sun and Moon series has shades of these traits, he is also shown to have a more noble attitude towards his relationships with people; such as treating Ash in a more friendly manner and fighting off Team Rocket and the recurring Team Skull grunts. He also doesn't seem to have any relation to Team Skull and has a different reason for running away from home, which may imply the anime version of the character may be an even more morally-gray rival than his video game counterpart.
** Lusamine is another downplayed example, being a much kinder mother figure towards Gladion and Lillie than her game counterpart; and more absent and neglectful with her work at the Aether Foundation compared to her game counterpart, [[spoiler: who disowned Gladion and Lillie for not wanting to follow her example and is a CorruptCorporateExecutive and BitchInSheepsClothing]].
** The anime does this to [[spoiler:the Aether Foundation in general]], right up to making Ash and his friends-of-the-season members of it as the Ultra Guardians. In the games, [[spoiler:Aether was morally grey under Lusamine, with several Employees acting like typical grunts during the invasion]]. This comes at the expense of giving Team Skull AdaptationalVillainy.
* ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'':
** Silver undergoes this in the ''Gold and Silver'' arc. While both versions are a rival, Silver in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' is an all around nasty piece of work that steals his starter Pokémon and treats everyone he meets with animosity. In the manga, Silver initially displays these characteristics, but is forced to work together with Gold [[spoiler:especially when they're captured by the Masked Man]] later on, and while both versions of the character stole their starter, the games' Silver did it for his own selfish purposes, whereas his ''Special'' counterpart did it so that [[spoiler:it would help him in his mission to stop Masked Man]].
** Giovanni in the ''Red and Blue'' arc also acts in a polite manner towards Red that would be completely alien to his [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue video game counterpart]], and later on is portrayed as a better man and a better father than he is in the games.
* ''Manga/TheElectricTaleOfPikachu'':
** In [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]], Damian is an {{Jerkass}} trainer who abuses and abandons his Charmander, which Ash adopts. However, here he actually meant to return to get Charmander and shows concern for it, but was injured in an accident, going to look for Charmander later himself, before he completely recovered, and is later happily reunited with it.
** In the anime, Sabrina started out as a [[IceQueen cold psychic]] with a CreepyChild LiteralSplitPersonality. Here, she's a kindhearted and compassionate {{miko}}.

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* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream'': Mitsuru's portrayal changes depending on whether you're reading the manga or watching the anime:
**
In the ''Manga/SoulEater'' manga, it turns out [[spoiler:Justin Law]] was TheMole, working he's self-centered and seems to care little for Asura. anything beyond his obsession with [[StalkerWithACrush stalking Misaki]]. Going so far as to [[spoiler:bug her apartment]] and repeatedly [[spoiler:steal all her underwear]]. Misaki has even [[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/ghost-talker-s-daydream/v1/c1/3-3 threatened to call the police on him]] if he doesn't stop.
**
The anime diverges from the manga shortly before this plotline comes up, thus such a revelation never happened.
* Beelzebumon
[[DownplayedTrope downplays it]] by essentially making him Misaki's private {{paparazzi}} who only takes pictures of her when she's out in public. Which is also [[PlayedForLaughs made comical]] since he often happens to catch her in various states of undress, thanks to [[AccidentalPervert Kadotake's clumsiness.]] When he isn't following her around, he acts as one of her contacts and even helps her save [[TheCutie Ai]] near the Seven Demon Lords climax of the second episode.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Anzu,
in the ''Franchise/{{Digimon}}'' mythology. In ''Anime/DigimonTamers'', he (as Impmon) starts out as a WildCard, before receiving a power-up from first episode of the villains to evolve into Beelzebumon. He initially opposes anime, tells Miho that [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse if she doesn't do tankery]], she and her friends will not be attending Oarai Academy for long. It's [[ExactWords not completely what it seems like]] and Anzu does have her reasons for doing this, but the heroes, but has a HeelFaceTurn later, becoming TheAtoner. other characters [[WhatTheHellHero aren't happy with this]]. In ''Anime/DigimonXrosWars'' a different Beelzebumon, under the alias "Baalmon", also starts off working for manga, the baddies, but it's really just so he can investigate who drove him to kill his comrades. He gets killed once he found out, but upon reincarnating, becomes a major player in scene never happens, making Anzu's recruitment of Miho seem less morally questionable.
* While still villains,
the Xros Heart army.
* The 1992 anime version
evil actions of ''Anime/SailorMoon'' compared to [[Manga/SailorMoon the manga]] has lots of these.characters in ''Anime/GoLion'' were toned down in ''Anime/{{Voltron}}''.
** Unique to Daibazaal was a tyrant who had Fala's entire family shot, commits horrible atrocities on the anime, the first season villain Nephrite (one of Queen Beryl's four generals) falls in conquered, and has slaves killed for sport. It's even revealed any affection Daibazaal has for his son, Sincline, is fake and Daibazaal has no love for him, only keeping around because killing him would cause scandal. In ''Voltron'', Zarkon was a tyrant who killed Allura's father, isn't shown to murder slaves for sport, and doesn't commit horrible atrocities on the conquered. Zarkon's relationship with Sailor Moon's friend Naru Lotor is more ambiguous with Zarkon seeming to shown genuine affection for Lotor at times.
** Honerva was always a WickedWitch
and dies trying to protect commits satanic acts on her from his fellow generals.enemies and Galra prisoners. In ''Voltron'', Haggar used to be a good sorceress and her actions are more typical witchery.
** Also in the first season, the BrainwashedAndCrazy Endymion acts as Sincline was a NobleDemon mentally unbalanced ChildByRape who abused women, had a strict code of never hurting anyone innocent and often comes into conflict sick obsession with Kunzite's questionable tactics because Fala, tended to kill his subordinates, and any honor he showed was fake. In ''Voltron'', Lotor had a HairTriggerTemper, only attempted AndNowYouMustMarryMe stuff, had a more genuine affection for Allura, only yelled threats at his subordinates, and was actually honorable. Lotor even pulled an EnemyMine to save Allura at one point.
** The Galra as a whole got this. In the 11th episode
of it, so much Golion, Galra was doing a PrisonerExchange, but its revealed to the audience that he teams up with Galra had no intention to honor this and was going to kill the Sailor Senshi almost as much as he did before his brainwashing, whereas in hostages [[ILied anyway]]. In the manga, Endymion became a full blown CardCarryingVillain who will target anyone if it could help him take down 11th episode of ''Voltron'', the Senshi.
** ''Sailor Moon R'' has QuirkyMinibossSquad the Four Phantom Sisters (whose roles are expanded with sympathetic backstory) performing a FaceHeelTurn against the Black Moon Clan and committing to normal human lives. Youngest Phantom Sister Koan, the ''first'' to turn good, was a LoveMartyr to her boss and soon convinced it wasn't worth it. The manga version posed as a fortune teller, and convinced people
Drules of Planet Doom seemed like they were about to die to get them to join the Black Moon Clan, only to cause converts to ''spontaneously combust.'' She was killed and forgotten like any other MonsterOfTheWeek.
*** Prince Demand and his brother Saphire. The [[EvenEvilHasLovedOnes two cared about each other in the manga]], but that was their only redeeming trait. Along with the rest of the Black Moon Clan they were exiles who tried to take over the Earth, and when Diamond finds he's outclassed by Death Phantom tries to destroy the universe with the two Silver Crystals. In the anime they had a sympathetic motive wanting a home for their people that were banished to Nemesis. Saphire even displays interest in living on Earth with the reformed Phantom Sisters, but is [[HeelFaceDoorSlam killed by Death Phantom before he gets the chance]]. Demand's VillainousCrush is turned into actual love and he gets a DeathEqualsRedemption moment against Death Phantom.
** Perhaps the most shocking example is Professor Tomoe, who goes to Type II AntiVillain.
** ''Sailor Moon [=SuperS=]'' has QuirkyMinibossSquad the Amazon Trio, who instead of being one shot Monsters of the Week, have existential crises over their lack of [[AnatomyOfTheSoul dream mirrors]] and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman animal natures]] and befriend the heroes before reverting to animal shapes and being taken to a magical sanctuary.
** ''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' follows the manga in establishing that the Shitennou were GoodAllAlong and merely BrainwashedAndCrazy; in this version they live long enough to break out of their brainwashing and revert to their good natures not once but twice. Unfortunately it doesn't do them a lot of good, as the first time they are immediately re-brainwashed by Queen Beryl, and the second time the BigBad [[DroppedABridgeOnHim unceremoniously offs them]] the moment it's clear they won't work for the side of darkness any more.
* This and [[AdaptationalVillainy the opposite trope]] are quite common in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' because it is LighterAndSofter than the games, and runs on BlackAndWhiteMorality.
** In ''Best Wishes 2: Episode N'', N is far more heroic than he is in [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite the]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 games]],
going from a rival [[spoiler:that was manipulated by Ghetsis]] who has his own agenda alongside Team Plasma to an ally of Ash and his friends and actively trying to stop Team Plasma, which got AdaptationalVillainy.
** The English dub did away with certain unsavory aspects of characters, such as toning down how cocky Misty is about her looks.
** When it comes to Pokémon themselves, a general rule of thumb is that if the Pokédex in the games describes them as violent, savage or sinister, then the series and/or movies will significantly downplay if not omit outright these traits (to the point where the show itself claims that no Pokémon is evil, as if it's a law of physics). [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghost-types]] and [[CombatPragmatist Dark-types]] like Gengar and Hydreigon get hit with this a lot.
** ''Anime/PokemonKyuremVSTheSwordOfJustice'' depicts the "Swords of Justice" as noble heroes fighting to protect Pokémon and humans. This is a far cry from the games, where they hate humans and fought ''against'' them to protect Pokémon (and they're never referred to as the Swords of Justice).
** Twice, Mewtwo undergoes this. The savage BloodKnight incapable of showing compassion to its foes is [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie depicted]] as a more human Pokémon wondering about its place in the world, while [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened another Mewtwo]] ([[FridgeLogic yeah, don't ask]]) is even kinder, with a feminine voice, a greater empathy towards Pokémon and a downplayed dislike towards humans.
** Downplayed example with Gladion: in the ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' games, Gladion is an enforcer for Team Skull who is incredibly abrasive in conversation and a perfectionist in battle [[spoiler: due to being disowned by Lusamine as a result of not wanting to follow her example]]. While his counterpart in the Sun and Moon series has shades of these traits, he is also shown to have a more noble attitude towards his relationships with people; such as treating Ash in a more friendly manner and fighting off Team Rocket and the recurring Team Skull grunts. He also doesn't seem to have any relation to Team Skull and has a different reason for running away from home, which may imply the anime version of the character may be an even more morally-gray rival than his video game counterpart.
** Lusamine is another downplayed example, being a much kinder mother figure towards Gladion and Lillie than her game counterpart; and more absent and neglectful with her work at the Aether Foundation compared to her game counterpart, [[spoiler: who disowned Gladion and Lillie for not wanting to follow her example and is a CorruptCorporateExecutive and BitchInSheepsClothing]].
** The anime does this to [[spoiler:the Aether Foundation in general]], right up to making Ash and his friends-of-the-season members of it as the Ultra Guardians. In the games, [[spoiler:Aether was morally grey under Lusamine, with several Employees acting like typical grunts during the invasion]]. This comes at the expense of giving Team Skull AdaptationalVillainy.
* ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'':
** Silver undergoes this in the ''Gold and Silver'' arc. While both versions are a rival, Silver in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' is an all around nasty piece of work that steals his starter Pokémon and treats everyone he meets with animosity. In the manga, Silver initially displays these characteristics, but is forced to work together with Gold [[spoiler:especially when they're captured by the Masked Man]] later on, and while both versions of the character stole their starter, the games' Silver did it for his own selfish purposes, whereas his ''Special'' counterpart did it so that [[spoiler:it would help him in his mission to stop Masked Man]].
** Giovanni in the ''Red and Blue'' arc also acts in a polite manner towards Red that would be completely alien to his [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue video game counterpart]], and later on is portrayed as a better man and a better father than he is in the games.
* ''Manga/TheElectricTaleOfPikachu'':
** In [[Anime/{{Pokemon}} the anime]], Damian is an {{Jerkass}} trainer who abuses and abandons his Charmander, which Ash adopts. However, here he
actually meant keep to return to get Charmander and shows concern for it, but was injured in an accident, going to look for Charmander later himself, before he completely recovered, and is later happily reunited with it.
** In
the anime, Sabrina started out as a [[IceQueen cold psychic]] with a CreepyChild LiteralSplitPersonality. Here, she's a kindhearted and compassionate {{miko}}.deal.



* In the ''Manga/AkuNoHana'' anime, Saeki seems to accept Takao's decision to break up with her with quiet dignity, and then leaves him alone. In the original manga, this instead causes her to become a full-on {{Yandere}} and eventually [[spoiler: rape him]].
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
** In the original manga and anime, L is a rather ruthless AntiHero who [[WordOfGod the author describes]] as being "a little bit evil." In his movie ''[[Film/LChangeTheWorld L: Change The World]]'', L is a lonely, misunderstood [[TheWoobie Woobie]] ActionHero guy who cares for sick orphans.
** In the live-action films, Light Yagami himself falls into this to a degree. According to WordOfGod, in the original anime and manga, Light is a perfectionist who couldn't deal with the fact that he accidentally killed someone (thus, he reasons that it was okay, since the dude was an asshole, and that it's okay to kill criminals). In the films, his StartOfDarkness is in part because he held the law on a BrokenPedestal. Light is given this treatment even further in the live action 2015 series, where he deeply loves his family (even if he has a strained relationship with his father), actually reciprocates Misa's feelings, and was even able to save people using the Death Note (getting rid of JerkJock Souta and saving his father from his mother's murderer). And that's to say nothing of "Light Turner" from the 2017 Netflix film.

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* In the ''Manga/AkuNoHana'' anime, Saeki seems to accept Takao's decision to break up with her with quiet dignity, ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'': Because this anime OvertookTheManga after episode six, [[spoiler:Walter isn't The Mole and then leaves him alone. is loyal to Integra.]]
*
In the original manga, this instead causes ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'', the Witch of the Waste was irredeemably evil and defeated at the end like a typical villain. In the [[Anime/HowlsMovingCastle anime adaptation]], she performs a HeelFaceTurn and becomes friends with Sophie.
* Pururut adapts a more controlled version of
her to become a full-on {{Yandere}} sadism as Iris Heart in ''Anime/{{Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation}}'', where only the villains were her targets, unlike in her debut appearance in ''VideoGame/{{Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory}}'', where good and eventually [[spoiler: rape him]].
evil alike aren't safe from the (be it mental or physical) turmoil and trauma [[TheDreaded Madame Goddess]] is capable of gleefully inflicting.
* ''Manga/DeathNote'':
**
In the original ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' manga, "Nena" turns out to be a villainous Stand user who has [[KillAndReplace killed and stolen the identity of a beautiful young Indian girl]]. In the OVA, Nena is an innocent young Indian girl who has been manipulated by Hol Horse and isn't a Stand user.
* ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' has Hayasaka. Given that the story is a modern day retelling of "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", she is based off of the celestial envoy who took Princess Kaguya away from everyone she knew and loved on Earth. Here, she is Kaguya's CoolBigSis who ([[TheGadfly almost]]) always has her best interests at heart and is a ShipperOnDeck for her and Shirogane.
* ''Kaibutsu-kun'' portrays famous Hollywood monsters {{Dracula}}, the WolfMan, and FrankensteinsMonster as friendly, comical characters helping the titular shapeshifting young prince live out in the human world.
* ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda'':
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' has a
manga and anime, L adaptation by Himekawa where Vitreous is a rather ruthless AntiHero who [[WordOfGod friendly character. In the author describes]] video game, Vitreous was just a [[FacelessEye bunch of eyeballs]] that acted as being "a little bit evil." a boss without any real background, or character. In his movie ''[[Film/LChangeTheWorld L: Change The World]]'', L the manga, Vitreous is a lonely, misunderstood giant {{Cyclops}} girl who was cursed into that form, and gives Link directions on how to find Zelda.
** The Himekawa manga version of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' made a more sympathetic version of [[spoiler:Volvagia.]] In the game, he is an ancient monster who [[spoiler:devoured Gorons]] that Ganondorf revived to make an example of those who stand up to him. In the manga, [[spoiler: Volvagia]] was [[spoiler:Link's adorable pet dragon who was BrainwashedAndCrazy after seven years, [[TragicMonster forcing Link to slay him]]]].
** In the manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'' by the same author, [[spoiler: Shadow Link]] in the game is a pitch black LivingShadow who Zelda confirms is MadeOfEvil, and is ultimately destroyed by the Links. In the manga, [[spoiler: Shadow Link]] has an inferiority complex, is sensed by Zelda to not be evil, and ultimately redeems himself by fighting Vaati.
** The adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' has [[BigBad Vaati]] redeeming himself at the end and returning to his master Ezlo. Double as NotHisSled because Minish Cap is supposed to be the prequel of ''Four Swords'' where Vaati is still a villain.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha'':
** [[SpacePolice Chrono Harlaown]] was originally the antagonist back in ''[[VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever Lyrical Toy Box]]''. The SpikesOfVillainy on his Barrier Jacket are all that remain of his former role in ''Lyrical Nanoha'' proper.
** Of all people, [[EvilMatriarch Precia]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil Freaking]] [[AbusiveParents Testarossa]] becomes this in basically every AlternateUniverse edition to the series. First there is the film adaptation of the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha first season]] which gives her some much needed
[[TheWoobie Woobie]] ActionHero guy who cares for sick orphans.
** In
points [[spoiler: especially with her death scene wherein she realises that instead of treating Fate like a failed clone of Alicia she could have genuinely been her daughter instead]]. Then came ''[[VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable The Gears of Destiny]]'' which showed Precia making peace with her Familar Linith as the live-action films, Light Yagami himself falls into this two of them die. Finally, and most significantly, we have the [[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT INNOCENT manga]] wherein Precia lacks all of her evil traits entirely and instead shes a {{Doting|Parent}}/[[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Embarrassing Parent]] to both Alicia and Fate. Proof that [[TropesAreTools tropes are not bad]] as these various portrayals have gone a degree. According long way to WordOfGod, making Precia more likable and tragic in the original anime and manga, Light is a perfectionist who couldn't deal with eyes of the fact that he accidentally killed someone (thus, he reasons that it was okay, since the dude was an asshole, and that it's okay to kill criminals). In the films, his StartOfDarkness is in part because he held the law on a BrokenPedestal. Light is given fandom.
** Jail Scaglietti also gets
this treatment even further in the live action 2015 series, ''INNOCENTS'' where he deeply loves his family (even if he has is only a strained relationship with his father), actually reciprocates Misa's feelings, and was even able to save people using the Death Note (getting rid of JerkJock Souta and saving his father from his mother's murderer). And that's to say nothing of "Light Turner" from the 2017 Netflix film.villain in a role-playing sense.



** Nao in the manga starts out as an enemy of the main heroes as a member of the Ori-Hime unit, then switches sides to becoming a reluctant ally, instead of starting out as a rival, then becoming a reluctant ally, then becoming a villain and only joining the heroes at the end like she does in the anime.

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** Nao in the manga starts out as an enemy of the main heroes as a member of the Ori-Hime unit, then switches sides to becoming a reluctant ally, ally instead of starting out as a rival, then becoming a reluctant ally, then becoming a villain and only joining the heroes at the end like she does in the anime.



* In the ''Manga/MaiOtome'' manga, this can be applied to the entire nation of Artai. While Nagi, the archduke, is quite the {{Jerkass}}, he never becomes the enemy of the main characters [[spoiler:and dies saving Mashiro from the real BigBad]]. As a result of this, and [[AdaptationalVillainy Sergay being a completely different character here]] (which means she doesn't have her feelings for him come into play), Nina also stays on the heroes' side for the entire story.
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream'': Mitsuru's portrayal changes depending on whether you're reading the manga, or watching the anime adaptation:
** In the manga, he's self-centered and seems to care little for anything beyond his obsession with [[StalkerWithACrush stalking Misaki]]. Going so far as to [[spoiler:[[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/ghost-talker-s-daydream/v1/c1/3-5 bug her apartment]]]] and repeatedly [[spoiler:[[PantyThief steal all her underwear]]]]. Misaki has even [[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/ghost-talker-s-daydream/v1/c1/3-3 threatened to call the police on him]] if he doesn't stop.
** The anime [[DownplayedTrope downplays it]], by essentially making him Misaki's private {{Paparazzi}}, who only takes pictures of her when she's out in public. Which is also [[PlayedForLaughs made comical]], since he often happens to catch her in various states of undress, thanks to [[AccidentalPervert Kadotake's clumsiness.]] When he isn't following her around, he acts as one of her contacts and even helps her save [[TheCutie Ai]], near the climax of the second episode.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'' has [[{{ninja}} Chiho]] acting on orders from her grandfather to go undercover at the tournament, in order to spy on [[NebulousEvilOrganisation The Jahana Group's]] activities. Whereas in the ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'' series itself, Chiho doesn't get along with her grandfather and [[IJustWantToBeNormal wants nothing to do with their clan.]] So she runs away to make a new life for herself.
* In the ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' anime, Byakuya Togami is still quite a jerk who is callous and doesn't think much of cooperation, as he was in the visual novel. In the anime, however, he doesn't openly profess that he's planning to eventually murder someone and get away with it.
** Similarly, the manga actually explores Celestia Ludenburg's past and motives more than the game or anime did, which makes her far more sympathetic.
* In the ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' manga, [[spoiler:Chizu]], while tying to get revenge on [[spoiler:the men who gang-raped her]], fires Zearth's lasers at them and feels no remorse for the many innocent people who are caught in the blasts and killed. She just barely is talked down from killing Hatagai by [[spoiler:her sister]], who tells her to kill her as well, and her family, after learning what she did and what was done to her, considers her actions all but unforgivable. In the anime, she doesn't kill anyone prior to her aborted attempt on Hatagai's life, which she stops the moment that she sees [[spoiler:her sister]] try to protect him. On a more debatable sense, in the manga, she kills [[spoiler:Kako, while he's beating up Kirie]], but in the anime, she pushes him away when he tries to rape her, causing him to fall down the stairs and die when the building he's in collapses.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Anzu, in the first episode of the anime, tells Miho that [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse if she doesn't do tankery]], she and her friends will not be attending Oarai Academy for long. It's [[ExactWords not completely what it seems like]], and Anzu does have her reasons for doing this, but the other characters [[WhatTheHellHero aren't happy with this]]. In the manga, the scene never happens, making Anzu's recruitment of Miho seem less morally questionable.
* Aru Akise in ''Manga/FutureDiary'' is never portrayed as a villain in either the anime or the manga, but gets a small, but extremely important change between the two. In the anime, when [[spoiler:Yukiteru snaps and guns down his remaining friends, Akise tries to stop him]]. In the manga, the scene is almost the same, except Akise hangs out off panel and just watches him do it.
* In the ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' manga, Pluie was a loyal demon to the end and died when he tried to take Momoko with him by tackling her into a demon vortex. In the anime, he was nice enough to throw Momoko her ring back as he fell in, and didn't actively try to make her fall in.
* In ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'', Ivan's father turns his baby into a cyborg via experiments on the brain ([[spoiler:we later find out it was to save him from an illness, but it was still irresponsible]]), kills his wife when she tries to go to the police about it, and joins Black Ghost partially to escape from the law and partially to continue his experiments. In the graphic novel retelling, he is portrayed as a ReluctantMadScientist who focused on saving his son's life and was ''very'' uncomfortable with Black Ghost's plans. 001 Even acknowledges that his father did everything to save him and [[spoiler:is able to talk his father out of capturing the cyborgs at which point his father performs a HeroicSacrifice to save them]].
* In the original ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' manga, "Nena" turns out to be a villainous Stand user who has [[KillAndReplace killed and stolen the identity of a beautiful young Indian girl]]. In the OVA, Nena is an innocent young Indian girl who has been manipulated by Hol Horse, and isn't a Stand user.
* In the anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', Julio Chesaré and his master Pope Vittorio Serevare are good guys, with the former aiding the protagonists at various points, and the latter pulling a HeroicSacrifice in the fourth season. In the light novels, Pope Vittorio is the surviving villain of a BigBadEnsemble, and Julio is his [[TheDragon Dragon]]. He [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates others (including Queen Henrietta)]], is willing to employ assassination, and played a role in instigating Gallia's wars (which was led by the other BigBad). He is also plotting to start a war against the elves reclaim the Holy Land, even to the point of wiping them out. [[WellIntentionedExtremist There are apparently good motives to his actions]], as he claims that he is trying to save humanity, and that it ultimately comes down to "us or them" with the elves. Sadly, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Noboru Yamaguchi, author of the light novels, passed away, so we'll probably never know Vittorio's complete plan and motivations.]] Interestingly, Yamaguchi was involved heavily in the fourth season, so Vittorio and Julio's adaptational shift was something that he at least okayed, if not planned out himself.
* ''Kaibutsu-kun'' portrays famous Hollywood monsters {{Dracula}}, the WolfMan, and FrankensteinsMonster as friendly, comical characters helping the titular shapeshifting young prince live out in the human world.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** [[SpacePolice Chrono Harlaown]] was originally the antagonist back in ''[[VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever Lyrical Toy Box]]''. The SpikesOfVillainy on his Barrier Jacket are all that remain of his former role in ''Lyrical Nanoha'' proper.
** Of all people, [[EvilMatriarch Precia]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil Freaking]] [[AbusiveParents Testarossa]] becomes this in basically every AlternateUniverse edition to the series. First there is the film adaptation of the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha first season]] which gives her some much needed [[TheWoobie Woobie]] points [[spoiler: especially with her death scene wherein she realises that instead of treating Fate like a failed clone of Alicia she could have genuinely been her daughter instead]]. Then came ''[[VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable The Gears of Destiny]]'' which showed Precia making peace with her Familar Linith as the two of them die. Finally, and most significantly, we have the [[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT INNOCENT manga]] wherein Precia lacks all of her evil traits entirely and instead shes a {{Doting|Parent}}/[[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Embarrassing Parent]] to both Alicia and Fate. Proof that [[TropesAreTools tropes are not bad]] as these various portrayals have gone a long way to making Precia more likable and tragic in the eyes of the fandom.
** Jail Scaglietti also gets this in ''INNOCENTS'', where he is only a villain in a role-playing sense.
* Pururut adapts a more controlled version of her sadism as Iris Heart in ''Anime/{{Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation}}'', where only the villains were her targets, unlike in her debut appearance in ''VideoGame/{{Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory}}'', where good and evil alike aren't safe from the (be it mental or physical) turmoil and trauma [[TheDreaded Madame Goddess]] is capable of gleefully inflicting.
* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist''
** In contrast to the unrepentant evil lackey she was in [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist the manga]], Lust is a more sympathetic villain, the most adamant of the Homunculi [[PinocchioSyndrome to become human]], and the one most prone [[ContemplateOurNavels to introspection]]. [[spoiler: She ultimately ends up [[HeelFaceTurn helping Edward]], albeit for her own purposes.]] [[FridgeBrilliance Becomes a fascinating fridge moment when you recall that Lust is the least negative sin of the seven.]]
** [[MadScientist Shou Tucker]] still [[spoiler: [[MoralEventHorizon uses his daughter and dog to form a chimera]]]], but when confronted by Ed he's less ForScience and more IDidWhatIHadToDo and [[SparedByTheAdaptation surviving after that]] leads him to [[TheAtoner regret what he did]] and try to reverse it (albeit in a perverse way).
** [[spoiler:Selim Bradley]] is not a homunculus in the first anime and is just a normal human uninvolved in the plot, [[spoiler:who helps Roy defeat Pride at a critical moment (albeit unwittingly)]].
** The Slicer brothers are portrayed considerably more sympathetic in the anime despite being a pair of serial killers. The younger brother kills himself after deciding being stuck in half a suit of armor was worse than death. In the manga, he's raging that he can still fight when Envy destroys his blood seal.
*** [[AdaptationalVillainy Conversely Barry the Chopper is made less sympathetic]]. In the anime, Barry delights in murder and is killed on accident while massacring a refugee camp of Ishvalans. In the manga, he comes across as more ComedicSociopathy who still shows redeeming factors (such as an infatuation with Riza).
* ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' has a manga adaptation by Himekawa where Vitreous is a friendly character. In the video game, Vitreous was just a [[FacelessEye bunch of eyeballs]] that acted as a boss without any real background, or character. In the manga, Vitreous is a giant {{Cyclops}} girl who was cursed into that form, and gives Link directions on how to find Zelda.
** The Himekawa manga version of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' made a more sympathetic version of [[spoiler:Volvagia.]] In the game, he is an ancient monster who [[spoiler:devoured Gorons]] that Ganondorf revived to make an example of those who stand up to him. In the manga, [[spoiler: Volvagia]] was [[spoiler:Link's adorable pet dragon who was BrainwashedAndCrazy after seven years, [[TragicMonster forcing Link to slay him]]]].
** In the manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'' by the same author, [[spoiler: Shadow Link]] in the game is a pitch black LivingShadow who Zelda confirms is MadeOfEvil, and is ultimately destroyed by the Links. In the manga, [[spoiler: Shadow Link]] has an inferiority complex, is sensed by Zelda to not be evil, and ultimately redeems himself by fighting Vaati.
** The adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' has [[BigBad Vaati]] redeeming himself at the end and returning to his master Ezlo. Double as NotHisSled because Minish Cap is supposed to be the prequel of ''Four Swords'' where Vaati is still a villain.
* Miki is less confrontational in the ''Manga/SchoolLive'' anime than she is in the manga. In the manga she was introduced after the start instead of being a character from the get-go. She originally butted heads with Rii over [[spoiler:whether they should be playing along with Yuki's delusions]] and with Yuki over [[spoiler:the idea she is pretending to be mentally ill]]. In the anime TheReveal that [[spoiler:Megu-nee is a hallucination]] was done much later than in the manga thus Miki couldn't argue about it.
* In the manga version of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Shinji doesn't [[spoiler:rape Sakura]], seems to have [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]], and eventually pulls a HeelFaceTurn on his own.
* In the original ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'', the Witch of the Waste was irredeemably evil and defeated at the end just like a typical villain. In the [[Anime/HowlsMovingCastle anime adaptation]], she performs a HeelFaceTurn and becomes friends with Sophie.
* ''Anime/AceAttorney''
** In the games the anime is based on, Marvin Grossberg, Cody Hackins and Wendy Oldbag all need to be [[BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible outright interrogated to learn what they know.]] In the anime, Grossberg tells Phoenix everything he knows about Mia's murderer without prompts and Cody takes nowhere near the effort to get him to reveal what he saw, spilling the beans after some prompting and a speech about the meaning of justice. Oldbag meanwhile, overhears this speech and then has an internal conflict about whether she should reveal to Phoenix about an accident the victim was involved in; she gives him a photograph after hearing a second speech by Cody.
** Speaking of Grossberg, in the game he never tells Maya his involvement in the DL-6 incident that lead to her mother vanishing. Here he does and outright begs her to forgive him.
** Jack Hammer was one of the biggest {{asshole victim}}s in the games. There he [[spoiler: tries to murder Dee Vasquez and frame Will Powers for it]], drugged Powers, was jealous of Powers' fame and it is implied that the accident that caused one of his co-stars to die might have been deliberate. The anime removes all of this except [[spoiler: his attempt to kill Vasquez]] making him more of a broken man pushed to extreme actions.
** From that same case is Sal Melina. In the game, he [[spoiler: helped Dee Vasquez cover up her {{accidental murder}} of the aforementioned Jack Hammer. In the anime, however, he seemed to have no involvement in the murder whatsoever. Everything from moving the body to swapping out the costumes was done by Vasquez alone.]]
** At the end of the final case of the first game, it's revealed that [[spoiler: Larry was the one who stole Edgeworth's lunch money back when the two of them and Phoenix were in school together. The anime, however, has a special episode dedicated to expanding on that incident. While Larry ''did'' take the money, he did so unwittingly. Edgeworth had dropped it on the way to school and Larry simply found it, none the wiser of who it belonged to. He even turned it in to the police, not actually spending it until after enough time had gone by without it being claimed for him to legally take it for himself. This is a far cry from the games, where he basically admits that he took it out of greed, knowing fully well who it belonged to and showing zero remorse for doing so.]]
** In the adaptation of Reunion and Turnanbout, the plot to [[spoiler: murder Turner Grey and frame Maya for it was all Morgan Fey's idea. Ini Minney only wanted to rig the channeling in a way that Turner wouldn't discover that the woman he's trying to channel was actually 'her'. She approached Morgan Fey to this end, who then blackmailed Minney into going along with her plans by threatening to expose her secret. In the game, both of them were in on the whole thing together.]]
** The final case of the second game has yet another {{asshole victim}} actor, Juan Corrida. In the game, after discovering Celeste Inpax's suicide note, he destroyed it and replaced it on its own in order to [[spoiler:frame his equally asshole-ish (or worse) rival Matt Engarde, merely treating it as a way to pay back for his wounded pride without any care about Celeste, who he just divorced because of a piece of information Matt threw in, making him care more about his rivalry]]. In the anime, he didn't destroy the suicide note and plans to publicize it as original as it can be, [[spoiler:meaning that he puts aside his rivalry with Matt, and decides that he has to be brought to justice for Celeste's suicide, which was pretty mortifying for him]].
* ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'': The anime largely downplays the level of Maou's responsibility in and the scale of the atrocities his forces have committed, and also leaves out that many of his more heroic actions are actually PragmaticVillainy: he doesn't return to Ente Isla as soon as he has the chance because he would ''lose'', and cleans up the damage to the city to make a good impression on Emi's group so they won't kill him.
* Because the ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' OvertookTheManga after episode six, [[spoiler:Walter isn't TheMole and was loyal to Integra.]]
* ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'': In the novel ''Demon Deathchase'', the Marcus clan were a group of vampire hunters that were nothing more than ruthless and amoral thugs that [[MoralEventHorizon routinely raped their own sister]], even the bedridden did it in the past. In the animated adaptation ''Bloodlust'' ditches that aspect entirely and makes the brothers way more sympathetic and protective of their sister.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''

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* In the ''Manga/MaiOtome'' manga, this can be applied to the entire nation of Artai. While Nagi, the archduke, is quite the {{Jerkass}}, he never becomes the enemy of the main characters [[spoiler:and dies saving Mashiro from the real BigBad]]. Big Bad]]. As a result of this, this and [[AdaptationalVillainy Sergay being a completely different character here]] (which means she doesn't have her feelings for him come into play), Nina also stays on the heroes' side for the entire story.
* ''Manga/GhostTalkersDaydream'': Mitsuru's portrayal changes depending on whether you're reading the manga, or watching the anime adaptation:
** In the manga, he's self-centered
This and seems to care little for anything beyond his obsession with [[StalkerWithACrush stalking Misaki]]. Going so far as to [[spoiler:[[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/ghost-talker-s-daydream/v1/c1/3-5 bug her apartment]]]] and repeatedly [[spoiler:[[PantyThief steal all her underwear]]]]. Misaki has even [[http://www.mangapark.com/manga/ghost-talker-s-daydream/v1/c1/3-3 threatened to call the police on him]] if he doesn't stop.
** The anime [[DownplayedTrope downplays it]], by essentially making him Misaki's private {{Paparazzi}}, who only takes pictures of her when she's out in public. Which is also [[PlayedForLaughs made comical]], since he often happens to catch her in various states of undress, thanks to [[AccidentalPervert Kadotake's clumsiness.]] When he isn't following her around, he acts as one of her contacts and even helps her save [[TheCutie Ai]], near the climax of the second episode.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'' has [[{{ninja}} Chiho]] acting on orders from her grandfather to go undercover at the tournament, in order to spy on [[NebulousEvilOrganisation The Jahana Group's]] activities. Whereas in the ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'' series itself, Chiho doesn't get along with her grandfather and [[IJustWantToBeNormal wants nothing to do with their clan.]] So she runs away to make a new life for herself.
* In the ''VisualNovel/{{Danganronpa}}'' anime, Byakuya Togami is still quite a jerk who is callous and doesn't think much of cooperation, as he was in the visual novel. In the anime, however, he doesn't openly profess that he's planning to eventually murder someone and get away with it.
** Similarly, the manga actually explores Celestia Ludenburg's past and motives more than the game or anime did, which makes her far more sympathetic.
* In the ''Manga/{{Bokurano}}'' manga, [[spoiler:Chizu]], while tying to get revenge on [[spoiler:the men who gang-raped her]], fires Zearth's lasers at them and feels no remorse for the many innocent people who are caught in the blasts and killed. She just barely is talked down from killing Hatagai by [[spoiler:her sister]], who tells her to kill her as well, and her family, after learning what she did and what was done to her, considers her actions all but unforgivable. In the anime, she doesn't kill anyone prior to her aborted attempt on Hatagai's life, which she stops the moment that she sees [[spoiler:her sister]] try to protect him. On a more debatable sense, in the manga, she kills [[spoiler:Kako, while he's beating up Kirie]], but in the anime, she pushes him away when he tries to rape her, causing him to fall down the stairs and die when the building he's in collapses.
* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', Anzu, in the first episode of the anime, tells Miho that [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse if she doesn't do tankery]], she and her friends will not be attending Oarai Academy for long. It's [[ExactWords not completely what it seems like]], and Anzu does have her reasons for doing this, but the other characters [[WhatTheHellHero aren't happy with this]]. In the manga, the scene never happens, making Anzu's recruitment of Miho seem less morally questionable.
* Aru Akise in ''Manga/FutureDiary'' is never portrayed as a villain in either the anime or the manga, but gets a small, but extremely important change between the two. In the anime, when [[spoiler:Yukiteru snaps and guns down his remaining friends, Akise tries to stop him]]. In the manga, the scene is almost the same, except Akise hangs out off panel and just watches him do it.
* In the ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' manga, Pluie was a loyal demon to the end and died when he tried to take Momoko with him by tackling her into a demon vortex. In the anime, he was nice enough to throw Momoko her ring back as he fell in, and didn't actively try to make her fall in.
* In ''Manga/{{Cyborg 009}}'', Ivan's father turns his baby into a cyborg via experiments on the brain ([[spoiler:we later find out it was to save him from an illness, but it was still irresponsible]]), kills his wife when she tries to go to the police about it, and joins Black Ghost partially to escape from the law and partially to continue his experiments. In the graphic novel retelling, he is portrayed as a ReluctantMadScientist who focused on saving his son's life and was ''very'' uncomfortable with Black Ghost's plans. 001 Even acknowledges that his father did everything to save him and [[spoiler:is able to talk his father out of capturing the cyborgs at which point his father performs a HeroicSacrifice to save them]].
* In the original ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'' manga, "Nena" turns out to be a villainous Stand user who has [[KillAndReplace killed and stolen the identity of a beautiful young Indian girl]]. In the OVA, Nena is an innocent young Indian girl who has been manipulated by Hol Horse, and isn't a Stand user.
* In the anime adaptation of ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'', Julio Chesaré and his master Pope Vittorio Serevare are good guys, with the former aiding the protagonists at various points, and the latter pulling a HeroicSacrifice in the fourth season. In the light novels, Pope Vittorio is the surviving villain of a BigBadEnsemble, and Julio is his [[TheDragon Dragon]]. He [[ManipulativeBastard manipulates others (including Queen Henrietta)]], is willing to employ assassination, and played a role in instigating Gallia's wars (which was led by the other BigBad). He is also plotting to start a war against the elves reclaim the Holy Land, even to the point of wiping them out. [[WellIntentionedExtremist There are apparently good motives to his actions]], as he claims that he is trying to save humanity, and that it ultimately comes down to "us or them" with the elves. Sadly, [[AuthorExistenceFailure Noboru Yamaguchi, author of the light novels, passed away, so we'll probably never know Vittorio's complete plan and motivations.]] Interestingly, Yamaguchi was involved heavily in the fourth season, so Vittorio and Julio's adaptational shift was something that he at least okayed, if not planned out himself.
* ''Kaibutsu-kun'' portrays famous Hollywood monsters {{Dracula}}, the WolfMan, and FrankensteinsMonster as friendly, comical characters helping the titular shapeshifting young prince live out in the human world.
* ''Franchise/LyricalNanoha''
** [[SpacePolice Chrono Harlaown]] was originally the antagonist back in ''[[VisualNovel/TriangleHeart3SweetSongsForever Lyrical Toy Box]]''. The SpikesOfVillainy on his Barrier Jacket are all that remain of his former role in ''Lyrical Nanoha'' proper.
** Of all people, [[EvilMatriarch Precia]] [[LoveMakesYouEvil Freaking]] [[AbusiveParents Testarossa]] becomes this in basically every AlternateUniverse edition to the series. First there is the film adaptation of the [[Anime/MagicalGirlLyricalNanoha first season]] which gives her some much needed [[TheWoobie Woobie]] points [[spoiler: especially with her death scene wherein she realises that instead of treating Fate like a failed clone of Alicia she could have genuinely been her daughter instead]]. Then came ''[[VideoGame/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaAsPortable The Gears of Destiny]]'' which showed Precia making peace with her Familar Linith as the two of them die. Finally, and most significantly, we have the [[Manga/MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaINNOCENT INNOCENT manga]] wherein Precia lacks all of her evil traits entirely and instead shes a {{Doting|Parent}}/[[AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents Embarrassing Parent]] to both Alicia and Fate. Proof that [[TropesAreTools tropes are not bad]] as these various portrayals have gone a long way to making Precia more likable and tragic in the eyes of the fandom.
** Jail Scaglietti also gets this in ''INNOCENTS'', where he is only a villain in a role-playing sense.
* Pururut adapts a more controlled version of her sadism as Iris Heart in ''Anime/{{Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation}}'', where only the villains were her targets, unlike in her debut appearance in ''VideoGame/{{Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory}}'', where good and evil alike aren't safe from the (be it mental or physical) turmoil and trauma [[TheDreaded Madame Goddess]] is capable of gleefully inflicting.
* ''Anime/FullmetalAlchemist''
** In contrast to the unrepentant evil lackey she was in [[Manga/FullmetalAlchemist the manga]], Lust is a more sympathetic villain, the most adamant of the Homunculi [[PinocchioSyndrome to become human]], and the one most prone [[ContemplateOurNavels to introspection]]. [[spoiler: She ultimately ends up [[HeelFaceTurn helping Edward]], albeit for her own purposes.]] [[FridgeBrilliance Becomes a fascinating fridge moment when you recall that Lust is the least negative sin of the seven.]]
** [[MadScientist Shou Tucker]] still [[spoiler: [[MoralEventHorizon uses his daughter and dog to form a chimera]]]], but when confronted by Ed he's less ForScience and more IDidWhatIHadToDo and [[SparedByTheAdaptation surviving after that]] leads him to [[TheAtoner regret what he did]] and try to reverse it (albeit in a perverse way).
** [[spoiler:Selim Bradley]] is not a homunculus in the first anime and is just a normal human uninvolved in the plot, [[spoiler:who helps Roy defeat Pride at a critical moment (albeit unwittingly)]].
** The Slicer brothers are portrayed considerably more sympathetic in the anime despite being a pair of serial killers. The younger brother kills himself after deciding being stuck in half a suit of armor was worse than death. In the manga, he's raging that he can still fight when Envy destroys his blood seal.
***
[[AdaptationalVillainy Conversely Barry the Chopper is made less sympathetic]]. In the anime, Barry delights in murder and is killed on accident while massacring a refugee camp of Ishvalans. In the manga, he comes across as more ComedicSociopathy who still shows redeeming factors (such as an infatuation with Riza).
* ''Manga/TheLegendOfZelda''
** ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaALinkToThePast'' has a manga adaptation by Himekawa where Vitreous is a friendly character. In the video game, Vitreous was just a [[FacelessEye bunch of eyeballs]] that acted as a boss without any real background, or character. In the manga, Vitreous is a giant {{Cyclops}} girl who was cursed into that form, and gives Link directions on how to find Zelda.
** The Himekawa manga version of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaOcarinaOfTime'' made a more sympathetic version of [[spoiler:Volvagia.]] In the game, he is an ancient monster who [[spoiler:devoured Gorons]] that Ganondorf revived to make an example of those who stand up to him. In the manga, [[spoiler: Volvagia]] was [[spoiler:Link's adorable pet dragon who was BrainwashedAndCrazy after seven years, [[TragicMonster forcing Link to slay him]]]].
** In the manga adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaFourSwordsAdventures'' by the same author, [[spoiler: Shadow Link]]
opposite trope]] are quite common in the game is a pitch black LivingShadow who Zelda confirms is MadeOfEvil, and is ultimately destroyed by the Links. In the manga, [[spoiler: Shadow Link]] has an inferiority complex, is sensed by Zelda to not be evil, and ultimately redeems himself by fighting Vaati.
** The adaptation of ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaTheMinishCap'' has [[BigBad Vaati]] redeeming himself at the end and returning to his master Ezlo. Double as NotHisSled
''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' because Minish Cap it is supposed to be the prequel of ''Four Swords'' where Vaati is still a villain.
* Miki is less confrontational in the ''Manga/SchoolLive'' anime
LighterAndSofter than she is in the manga. In the manga she was introduced after the start instead of being a character from the get-go. She originally butted heads with Rii over [[spoiler:whether they should be playing along with Yuki's delusions]] and with Yuki over [[spoiler:the idea she is pretending to be mentally ill]]. In the anime TheReveal that [[spoiler:Megu-nee is a hallucination]] was done much later than in the manga thus Miki couldn't argue about it.
* In the manga version of ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Shinji doesn't [[spoiler:rape Sakura]], seems to have [[EvenEvilHasStandards standards]], and eventually pulls a HeelFaceTurn on his own.
* In the original ''Literature/HowlsMovingCastle'', the Witch of the Waste was irredeemably evil and defeated at the end just like a typical villain. In the [[Anime/HowlsMovingCastle anime adaptation]], she performs a HeelFaceTurn and becomes friends with Sophie.
* ''Anime/AceAttorney''
** In
the games and runs on BlackAndWhiteMorality.
** In ''Best Wishes 2: Episode N'', N is far more heroic than he is in [[VideoGame/PokemonBlackAndWhite the]] [[VideoGame/PokemonBlack2AndWhite2 games]], going from a rival [[spoiler:that was manipulated by Ghetsis]] who has his own agenda alongside Team Plasma to an ally of Ash and his friends and actively trying to stop Team Plasma, which got AdaptationalVillainy.
** The English dub did away with certain unsavory aspects of characters, such as toning down how cocky Misty is about her looks.
** When it comes to Pokémon themselves, a general rule of thumb is that if
the anime is based on, Marvin Grossberg, Cody Hackins and Wendy Oldbag all need to be [[BeAsUnhelpfulAsPossible Pokédex in the games describes them as violent, savage or sinister, then the series and/or movies will significantly downplay if not omit outright interrogated to learn what they know.]] In these traits (to the anime, Grossberg tells Phoenix everything he knows about Mia's murderer without prompts and Cody takes nowhere near point where the effort to get him to reveal what he saw, spilling the beans after some prompting and a speech about the meaning of justice. Oldbag meanwhile, overhears this speech and then has an internal conflict about whether she should reveal to Phoenix about an accident the victim was involved in; she gives him a photograph after hearing a second speech by Cody.
** Speaking of Grossberg, in the game he never tells Maya his involvement in the DL-6 incident
show itself claims that lead to her mother vanishing. Here he does and outright begs her to forgive him.
** Jack Hammer was one of the biggest {{asshole victim}}s in the games. There he [[spoiler: tries to murder Dee Vasquez and frame Will Powers for it]], drugged Powers, was jealous of Powers' fame and it
no Pokémon is implied that the accident that caused one of his co-stars to die might have been deliberate. The anime removes all of this except [[spoiler: his attempt to kill Vasquez]] making him more of a broken man pushed to extreme actions.
** From that same case is Sal Melina. In the game, he [[spoiler: helped Dee Vasquez cover up her {{accidental murder}} of the aforementioned Jack Hammer. In the anime, however, he seemed to have no involvement in the murder whatsoever. Everything from moving the body to swapping out the costumes was done by Vasquez alone.]]
** At the end of the final case of the first game,
evil, as if it's revealed that [[spoiler: Larry was a law of physics). [[OurGhostsAreDifferent Ghost-types]] and [[CombatPragmatist Dark-types]] like Gengar and Hydreigon get hit with this a lot.
** ''Anime/PokemonKyuremVSTheSwordOfJustice'' depicts
the one who stole Edgeworth's lunch money back when the two "Swords of them Justice" as noble heroes fighting to protect Pokémon and Phoenix were in school together. The anime, however, has a special episode dedicated to expanding on that incident. While Larry ''did'' take the money, he did so unwittingly. Edgeworth had dropped it on the way to school and Larry simply found it, none the wiser of who it belonged to. He even turned it in to the police, not actually spending it until after enough time had gone by without it being claimed for him to legally take it for himself. humans. This is a far cry from the games, where he basically admits that he took it out of greed, knowing fully well who it belonged to they hate humans and fought ''against'' them to protect Pokémon (and they're never referred to as the Swords of Justice).
** Twice, Mewtwo undergoes this. The savage BloodKnight incapable of
showing zero remorse compassion to its foes is [[Anime/PokemonTheFirstMovie depicted]] as a more human Pokémon wondering about its place in the world, while [[Anime/PokemonGenesectAndTheLegendAwakened another Mewtwo]] ([[FridgeLogic yeah, don't ask]]) is even kinder, with a feminine voice, a greater empathy towards Pokémon and a downplayed dislike towards humans.
** Downplayed example with Gladion: in the ''VideoGame/PokemonSunAndMoon'' games, Gladion is an enforcer
for doing so.]]
** In the adaptation of Reunion
Team Skull who is incredibly abrasive in conversation and Turnanbout, the plot to a perfectionist in battle [[spoiler: murder Turner Grey due to being disowned by Lusamine as a result of not wanting to follow her example]]. While his counterpart in the Sun and frame Maya Moon series has shades of these traits, he is also shown to have a more noble attitude towards his relationships with people; such as treating Ash in a more friendly manner and fighting off Team Rocket and the recurring Team Skull grunts. He also doesn't seem to have any relation to Team Skull and has a different reason for running away from home, which may imply the anime version of the character may be an even more morally-gray rival than his video game counterpart.
** Lusamine is another downplayed example, being a much kinder mother figure towards Gladion and Lillie than her game counterpart; and more absent and neglectful with her work at the Aether Foundation compared to her game counterpart, [[spoiler: who disowned Gladion and Lillie for not wanting to follow her example and is a Corrupt Corporate Executive and Bitch In Sheep's Clothing]].
** The anime does this to [[spoiler:the Aether Foundation in general]], right up to making Ash and his friends-of-the-season members of
it as the Ultra Guardians. In the games, [[spoiler:Aether was morally grey under Lusamine, with several Employees acting like typical grunts during the invasion]]. This comes at the expense of giving Team Skull AdaptationalVillainy.
* ''Manga/PokemonAdventures'':
** Silver undergoes this in the ''Gold and Silver'' arc. While both versions are a rival, Silver in ''VideoGame/PokemonGoldAndSilver'' is an
all Morgan Fey's idea. Ini Minney around nasty piece of work that steals his starter Pokémon and treats everyone he meets with animosity. In the manga, Silver initially displays these characteristics, but is forced to work together with Gold [[spoiler:especially when they're captured by the Masked Man]] later on, and while both versions of the character stole their starter, the games' Silver did it for his own selfish purposes, whereas his ''Special'' counterpart did it so that [[spoiler:it would help him in his mission to stop Masked Man]].
** Giovanni in the ''Red and Blue'' arc also acts in a polite manner towards Red that would be completely alien to his [[VideoGame/PokemonRedAndBlue video game counterpart]], and later on is portrayed as a better man and a better father than he is in the games.
* In the ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'' manga, Shampoo was a cold, {{Manipulative B|astard}}itch who had no problem toying with Ranma and even less so [[MurderTheHypotenuse with wanting to kill Akane]] (though she's far from the
only wanted to rig the channeling one in a way that Turner wouldn't discover that regard). She still has a few shades of her manga counterpart in the woman he's anime, but she also shows much more genuine feelings for Ranma and goes out of her way to save Akane's life at one point.
** In the manga, {{flanderization}} caused Ukyo to become more and more of a scheming, cold-hearted JerkAss as the stories went on, including partaking in several notorious KickTheDog moments alongside Shampoo & Kodachi and blatantly abusing Konatsu, a minor character introduced in the last few volumes as a genuine NiceGuy who had a horribly abusive upbringing and who happens to be in love with her.
** To a lesser extent, Kodachi also comes off as somewhat more sympathetic in the anime. In the manga, she seems to be more interested in Ranma as a plaything, but in the anime, her interest comes off as more sincere (albeit still delusional) and she has a number of PetTheDog moments towards him.
** Zigzagged with Akane. On the one hand, [[AdaptationalJerkass she's more short-tempered and abrasive in the anime than in the manga]], but on the other hand, she's also far less of a ''dick'' in the anime than she is in the manga. In the manga, the hypnotic mushroom story had Akane accuse Ranma of
trying to channel rape her, attacking him with lethal weapons, and pointedly clutching a shinai[[note]]kendo training sword[[/note]] and giving him the evil eye. In the anime, she never does any of that and the story ends on a joke. Likewise, in the manga version of Hinako Ninomiya's introduction, she accuses Ranma of rape and is later shown selectively remembering their argument to make herself out as the good guy which she wasn't. None of this showed up in the anime.
* ''Anime/SailorMoon'': The 90s anime ''tried'' to play this trope straight with its depiction of some of the villains, but [=YMMV=] since a lot of the villains it tried to "redeem" made no attempt to apologize for their heinous actions and were EasilyForgiven. Trying to redeem Diamond in particular was just morally questionable considering he was a genocidal rapist.
** Inverted at first with Nephrite in Classic. He was subjected to AdaptationalVillainy before the writers decided to give him a storyline where he randomly decided to save a girl he had been manipulating for the past several episodes to obtain the {{MacGuffin}}. Did we mention he acted creepily similar to an ''abusive boyfriend'' in his interactions with her? Not to mention he appears to be somewhere in his mid-20s while said girl was ''14''. And his HeelFaceTurn came out of nowhere. Even ''he'' was confused why he was saving her.
** As a result of the anime being LighterAndSofter, also in Classic, Dark Endymion acts as a NobleDemon who had a strict code of never hurting anyone innocent and often comes into conflict with Kunzite's questionable tactics because of it, so much that he teams up with the Sailor Guardians almost as much as he did before his "brainwashing" (you can't say he
was actually 'her'. She approached Morgan Fey to brainwashed if he acts the same way he did before). The anime also really loved the [[StatusQuoIsGod status quo]], so this end, was a convenient excuse to keep everything the same and allow for more mindless {{filler}}. The manga was more of a horror-tragedy (though it did have comedy), thus Endymion became a full-blown CardCarryingVillain who then blackmailed Minney into going along targeted anyone if it could help him take down the Guardians. It also seriously looks as if Sailor Moon will have to kill her soulmate to save him. The anime solved this dilemma with her plans an AssPull.
** Unintentionally Inverted with the Black Moon Clan in ''R''. You're supposed to feel sorry for everyone except [[BigBad Wiseman]] and [[HateSink Rubeus]]. Their backstory was changed to be more sympathetic, but they mostly treat each other like assholes, [[UnintentionallyUnsympathetic so it's hard to feel sorry for them]]. While they were changed from terrorists to ''descendants'' of terrorists, they act exactly the same, murdering millions, if not billions, of innocent people, try to [[WouldHurtAChild kill a six-year-old]], and never actually earn their redemption. They were just handed it like it was one of Oprah's giveaways. They also say dismissive things towards humans even though they're technically descendants of Earthlings. The Ayakashi Sisters actually cared for each other in the manga. In the anime, they're petty, vain, catty bitches who obsess over getting Rubeus' attention for some reason and only act like they care about each other when it's time for their HeelFaceTurn. Koan was supposed to be a LoveMartyr, but it just makes you wonder [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim what she sees in Rubeus]] since he's a {{jerkass}}. The only way Diamond qualifies for this trope is
by acting nice to his brother and even ''that'' has [[IncestSubtext incestuous]] [[RelationshipWritingFumble undertones]]. In the manga, him threatening his brother is a sign of how he's too far gone to expose even care for him anymore. Otherwise anime!Diamond acts the same as manga!Diamond. The only difference is the anime thought it'd be a ''great'' idea to pull a last minute, half-assed RedemptionEqualsDeath on the guy who tried to sexually assault, ''twice'', the heroine and control her secret. with his powers and who generally sees her as a prize to be won. ''Then'' it had the ''audacity'' to claim he really loved her! [[SarcasmMode Isn't this the most feminist, empowering anime ever?]]
** Perhaps the most shocking example is Professor Tomoe, who becomes a Type II AntiVillain.
In the game, both of them were in on the whole thing together.]]
** The final case of the second game has yet another {{asshole victim}} actor, Juan Corrida. In the game, after discovering Celeste Inpax's suicide note, he destroyed it
manga, he's a MadScientist whose entire motivation revolves around doing things ForScience and replaced it on its own in order to [[spoiler:frame his equally asshole-ish (or worse) rival Matt Engarde, merely treating it as a way to pay back for his wounded pride without any doesn't care about Celeste, who he just divorced because of a piece of information Matt threw in, making him care more about his rivalry]]. daughter Hotaru. In the anime, he didn't destroy only made a DealWithTheDevil and became a Deathbuster to save Hotaru. Unfortunately, completely changing Tomoe's character resulted in an AdaptationInducedPlothole because all future events in the suicide note and plans to publicize it as original as it can be, [[spoiler:meaning manga hinged on the fact that he puts aside his rivalry with Matt, and decides that he has to be brought to justice for Celeste's suicide, which Tomoe was pretty mortifying for him]].
* ''LightNovel/TheDevilIsAPartTimer'':
evil. The anime largely downplays never even bothered to show Tomoe being a good father to Hotaru after the level events of Maou's responsibility ''S'', so it rendered his personality change moot; it would've been better had they just killed him off like in the manga.
** The fourth season, ''[=SuperS=]'', has yet another Inverted example. The Amazon Trio were [[MonsterOfTheWeek monsters of the week]] in the manga. The anime came up with {{MacGuffin}}s called dream mirrors to fuel the plot and decided to have the Trio, now promoted to a QuirkyMinibossSquad, have existential crises over their lack of [[AnatomyOfTheSoul dream mirrors]] and [[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman animal natures]] and befriend the heroes before reverting to their animal forms and being taken to a magical sanctuary. This would be all fine and dandy if they hadn't also been made into ''rapists''. All five of the main girls
and the scale lead girl's boyfriend are targeted by them. Tiger's Eye was also made a pedophile. On top of that, only one of them, Fisheye, underwent anything close to CharacterDevelopment; the other two seem to switch sides because the new QuirkyMinibossSquad is trying to kill them. Fisheye's also the only one who really befriends the heroes, specifically Usagi and develops a crush on her boyfriend Mamoru. All are EasilyForgiven and that "magical sanctuary"? Presided over by the very boy they were trying to find who's also the future son-in-law of the atrocities his forces have committed, heroine and also leaves out that many a member of his more heroic actions are actually PragmaticVillainy: he her boyfriend's kingdom who doesn't return actually have any reason to Ente Isla as soon as he has the chance pity and save them, but does so anyway because he would ''lose'', LighterAndSofter.
** Even the heroes get hit by this. Anime Rei, Haruka,
and cleans up the damage Michiru are supposed to the city to make a good impression on Emi's group so they won't kill him.
* Because the ''Anime/{{Hellsing}}'' OvertookTheManga after episode six, [[spoiler:Walter isn't TheMole and was loyal to Integra.]]
* ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'': In the novel ''Demon Deathchase'', the Marcus clan were a group of vampire hunters that were nothing more than ruthless and amoral thugs that [[MoralEventHorizon routinely raped their own sister]], even the bedridden did it in the past. In the animated adaptation ''Bloodlust'' ditches that aspect entirely and makes the brothers way more sympathetic and protective
be inversions, being DarkerAndEdgier GoodIsNotNice versions of their sister.
manga selves, but they're just straight-up bitches who think ItsAllAboutMe who have no respect whatsoever for their princess and leader. Haruka slaps Usagi in ''Sailor Stars'' and Rei slapped her ''twice'' in Classic and emotionally abuses her the entire series. Because this is apparently female friendship. There wasn't even any reason for the change besides the anime living for cheap conflict and it most definitely did ''not'' make them more complex than in the manga. It did the exact opposite by turning them into one-note stereotypes: Rei was "the bitch" and Haruka and Michiru were "the lesbians". The only thing keeping them from full-on AdaptationalVillainy is the three officially being on the side of good[[note]]and the anime refusing to acknowledge their complete and utter bitchiness and selfishness[[/note]].
*** Mamoru's a downplayed inversion. He was turned into a [[TallDarkAndSnarky snarky]] [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys bad boy]]. In Classic, his relationship with Usagi ran on BelligerentSexualTension and nothing else. While he was a little snarky to Usagi in the manga, it was a very small part of his personality and overall their relationship was a lot warmer and you could ''see'' them falling in love. The change seems to have been motivated by several factors: see cheap conflict above, the writers envisioning Mamoru's role differently than the mangaka, the writers not knowing how to write romance, and the writers just flat-out hating him. Needless to say, anime!Mamoru was a ''very'' FlatCharacter. The above mentioned personality was only relevant for two seasons; after that he became, as one Tumblr user put it, a walking Ken doll. Manga!Mamoru was a quiet, smart, brooding introvert.
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya''''Anime/SailorMoonCrystal'' follows the manga in establishing that the Shitennou were GoodAllAlong and merely BrainwashedAndCrazy; in this version they live long enough to break out of their brainwashing and revert to their good natures not once but twice (they also remember their master Endymion earlier than in the manga). Unfortunately, it doesn't do them a lot of good as the first time they are immediately re-brainwashed by Beryl and the second time Metaria [[DroppedABridgeOnHim suddenly offs them]] the moment [[YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness they've outlived their usefulness]]. Considering this is [[OmnicidalManiac Metaria]] we're talking about, she would've killed them (and Beryl) anyway had she obtained the [[{{MacGuffin}} Legendary Silver Crystal]].
* ''Manga/SaintSeiya'':



* In ''Anime/SpiderRiders'', Aqune is basically pure-hearted. This could be jarring to anyone who read the original novels first, where she was an unrepentant traitor.
* One of the manga adaptations of ''[[Anime/BattleSpiritsShonenGekihaDan Battle Spirits Brave]]'' portrays Geraid as heroic and legitimately loyal to Gilfam. This couldn't be any more opposite from his role in the anime.
* ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' has Hayasaka. Given that the story is a modern day retelling of "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", she is based off of the celestial envoy who took Princess Kaguya away from everyone she knew and loved on Earth. Here, she is Kaguya's CoolBigSis who ([[TheGadfly almost]]) always has her best interests at heart and is a ShipperOnDeck for her and Shirogane.

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* Miki is less confrontational in the ''Manga/SchoolLive'' anime than she is in the manga. In the manga, she was introduced after the start instead of being a character from the get-go. She originally butted heads with Rii over [[spoiler:whether they should be playing along with Yuki's delusions]] and with Yuki over [[spoiler:the idea she is pretending to be mentally ill]]. In the anime, TheReveal that [[spoiler:Megu-nee is a hallucination]] was done much later than in the manga, thus Miki couldn't argue about it.
* In ''Anime/SonicX'', Dr. Eggman starts off an AffablyEvil villain similar to the games before becoming more and more harmless, his scruples and respect for Sonic coming into play often, and spends most of the third season in AntiVillain territory. This is even more prominent in the [[ComicBook/SonicX comic adaptation]].
* In the ''Manga/SoulEater'' manga, it turns out [[spoiler:Justin Law]] was TheMole, working for Asura. The anime diverges from the manga shortly before this plotline comes up, thus such a revelation never happened.
* In ''Anime/SpiderRiders'', Aqune is basically pure-hearted. This could be jarring to anyone who read the original novels first, first where she was an unrepentant traitor.
* One ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'': In the novel ''Demon Deathchase'', the Marcus clan were a group of vampire hunters that were nothing more than ruthless and amoral thugs that [[MoralEventHorizon routinely raped their own sister]], even the bedridden did it in the past. The animated adaptation ''Bloodlust'' ditches that aspect entirely and makes the brothers way more sympathetic and protective of their sister.
* ''Anime/VariableGeo'' has [[{{ninja}} Chiho]] acting on orders from her grandfather to go undercover at the tournament in order to spy on [[NebulousEvilOrganization the Jahana Group's]] activities. In the ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'' series itself, Chiho doesn't get along with her grandfather and [[IJustWantToBeNormal wants nothing to do with their clan.]] So she runs away to make a new life for herself.
* In the ''Manga/WeddingPeach'' manga, Pluie was a loyal demon to the end and died when he tried to take Momoko with him by tackling her into a demon vortex. In the anime, he was nice enough to throw Momoko her ring back as he fell in and didn't actively try to make her fall in.
* ''Anime/YuGiOh'':
** Yugi's SuperpoweredAlterEgo is generally played as a noble hero; in the original manga, especially early on, he's somewhere between a SociopathicHero and a barely-controllable SuperpoweredEvilSide.
** The manga version of Seto Kaiba is a cold individual who, during the Death-T arc, is revealed to have acquired his Blue-Eyes White Dragons through less than honorable means and climbed the ladder at Kaiba Corp rapidly [[spoiler: which resulted in his adoptive father Gozaburo being DrivenToSuicide]]; and treats Yugi and his friends with his utmost bitterness (he even outright says he's disgusted by their friendship) and flat out tries to kill them. [[KickTheMoralityPet Even his younger brother Mokuba isn't safe from his abuse]]. In the anime, Kaiba initially displays the characteristics of his manga counterpart, but eventually softens by the Battle City arc and even helps Yugi and his friends in key moments. His worst acts from
the manga adaptations as also removed so at worst he only comes off as an arrogant, selfish, {{Jerkass}} instead of ''[[Anime/BattleSpiritsShonenGekihaDan Battle Spirits Brave]]'' portrays Geraid as heroic and legitimately loyal to Gilfam. This couldn't be any more opposite from his role a full blown villain.
** Shadi
in the anime.
* ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar''
manga and first anime is a ManipulativeBastard who has Hayasaka. Given absolutely zero problem using innocent people as pawns. The version in the second anime has much more of a sense of honor and helps Yugi and his friends out more often. Not to mention that the story is a modern day retelling two Millennium Items he had - the Key and the Scales - had the potential to be the most dangerous of "The Tale them all. The Key allowed him to enter a person's mind and reconfigure the victim's personality any way he desired (making the victim his slave if he had to) while the Scales seemed to be a representation of the Bamboo Cutter", she is based off Scales of Maat, and could judge a sinner and not only kill him if his guilt was confirmed, but possibly condemn his soul. (Indeed, it's likely a good thing he held onto both of them.)
** Pegasus in
the celestial envoy anime ends up becoming something of an ally to Yugi's group, aiding them in both the Doma arc and the Pyramid of Light film. In this case, it's not really because of any major personality change, but because [[SparedByTheAdaptation he outlasts his manga counterpart]], who took Princess Kaguya away never lived long enough to undergo any similar development before dying.
** Seto's younger brother Mokuba. Like Kaiba, his worst actions
from the manga are removed where his early appearances he tried to kill Yugi and his friends. In the anime he's only briefly antagonistic and quickly gets on better terms with the main cast than his brother.
* In the ''Manga/YuGiOhGX'' manga, Kaiser is far less of an AloofBigBrother to Sho, and doesn't view him as untalented as much as being too concerned with his opponents' feelings to win (for example, throwing a duel because his opponent was getting upset). He also never becomes Hell Kaiser and is on the heroes' side the entire time.
* Between [[Anime/YuGiOhArcV the anime of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V]] and [[Manga/YuGiOhArcV its manga]]:
** The anime version of Yuri is a psychotic asshole who wants to duel
everyone she knew and loved on Earth. Here, she trap them in cards until he's the last person in existence. While the manga version of him is Kaguya's CoolBigSis who ([[TheGadfly almost]]) always kind of an asshole, he's firmly a hero and will do anything to help and protect Yuya.
** The anime version of Leo Akaba is neglectful of his son and is leading an army to conquer dimensions. The manga version of him
has her best interests at heart a good relationship with his son and is a ShipperOnDeck for her and Shirogane.good-natured scientist.


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* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'':This and [[AdaptationalVillainy the opposite trope]] are quite common in the ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'' because it is LighterAndSofter than the games, and runs on BlackAndWhiteMorality.

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* ''Manga/KaguyaSamaLoveIsWar'' has Hayasaka. Given that the story is a modern day retelling of "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", she is based off of the celestial envoy who took Princess Kaguya away from everyone she knew and loved on Earth. Here, she is Kaguya's CoolBigSis who ([[TheGadfly almost]]) always has her best interests at heart and is a ShipperOnDeck for her and Shirogane.


** A prominent early example is in the Saiyan Saga of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', where he convinces Krillin to spare Vegeta's life; in most versions of the English dub, Goku invokes IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim and also wants to gives Vegeta the same chance for a HeelFaceTurn that Piccolo received, whereas in the original Japanese and the ''[[Anime/DragonBallKai Kai]]'' dub, he does so purely because he found the fight with Vegeta so exhilarating and hoped for a rematch, admitting the potential danger was a selfish desire.

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** A prominent early example is in the Saiyan Saga of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', where he Goku convinces Krillin to spare Vegeta's life; in most versions of the English dub, Goku invokes IfYouKillHimYouWillBeJustLikeHim and also wants to gives Vegeta the same chance for a HeelFaceTurn that Piccolo received, whereas in the original Japanese and the ''[[Anime/DragonBallKai Kai]]'' dub, he does so purely because he found the fight with Vegeta so exhilarating and hoped for a rematch, admitting the potential danger was a selfish desire.

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** A couple of minor examples from the original series;
*** Korin, a cat-like deity, is seemingly neutral and ready to train anyone who climbs his tower... however, in the anime, when Mercenary Tao comes to him, Korin is openly hostile, doesn't help and eventually even tries to get Tao killed.
*** Lunch is a joke character, a girl who switches between "good" and "evil" personalities. In the anime, when Goku is preparing to face off against Pamputto the boxer, the latter's manager thinks his client has no chance to win and tries to trick Goku into not fighting. Thankfully, Lunch is nearby and forces the manager to tell the truth... surprisingly, it's the "evil" Lunch who just decided to "do something nice for once".


** While Goku in the [[Manga/DragonBall original Dragon Ball]] is anything but a villain in the original Japanese, the English dub tends to downplay his less noble aspects while strengthening his heroic side. Interestingly, Creator/AkiraToriyama [[WordOfGod half-joked in an Daizenshu magazine interview]] this was ''also'' a difference between his conception of the character in print versus the television version; Toriyama described "his" Goku as having never really grew up much so he's frequently innocent to the point of ignorance, especially having a poor sense of complex personal relationships. He's also selfish in his desires to fight, only dealing with evil that directly challenges him rather than being a 'proper' pro-active hero. This was such a common observation among fans (and critics) that ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' explicitly points it out several times, including by Goku himself.

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** While Goku in the [[Manga/DragonBall original Dragon Ball]] is anything but a villain in the original Japanese, the English dub tends to downplay his less noble aspects while strengthening his heroic side. Interestingly, Creator/AkiraToriyama [[WordOfGod half-joked in an a Daizenshu magazine interview]] this was ''also'' a difference between his conception of the character in print versus the television version; Toriyama described "his" Goku as having never really grew grown up much so he's frequently innocent to the point of ignorance, especially having a poor sense of complex personal relationships. He's also selfish in his desires to fight, only dealing with evil that directly challenges him rather than being a 'proper' pro-active hero. This was such a common observation among fans (and critics) that ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'' explicitly points it out several times, including by Goku himself.

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** In ''Anime/DragonBallZBrolyTheLegendarySuperSaiyan'' and its sequels, Broly is a violent, sadistic sociopath with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. In ''Anime/DragonBallSuperBroly'', Broly is a tragic villain who fights out of either blind loyalty to his father or understandable anger over [[spoiler:the death of said father]]. [[spoiler:He even lives long enough to pull a HeelFaceTurn!]]

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