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* Happened in several arcs in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', with [[IgnoredEpiphany varying]] [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight results]].

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* Happened in several arcs in ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'', with [[IgnoredEpiphany varying]] [[IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight results]].


** PlayedForLaughs: This trope is the entire point of ''High School Boys and Panties'' peeping at a girl's panties does not make a guy feel good, but guilty and depressed... especially when you tricked a {{Ditz}} into unwittingly flaunting her panties. Motoharu slipped into a HeroicBSOD so hard ''he skipped school for three days''.

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** PlayedForLaughs: This trope is the entire point of ''High School Boys and Panties'' peeping at a girl's panties does not make a guy feel good, but guilty and depressed... especially when you tricked a {{Ditz}} TheDitz into unwittingly flaunting her panties. Motoharu slipped into a HeroicBSOD so hard ''he skipped school for three days''.


** Djel Sanes, a CorruptCop responsible for [[spoiler: murdering Pastor Nick and several other innocents in order to protect the GovernmentConspiracy's secrets]]. He breaks down and admits that he is a monster for all he's done, but insists it was for the greater good.

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** Djel Sanes, a CorruptCop DirtyCop responsible for [[spoiler: murdering Pastor Nick and several other innocents in order to protect the GovernmentConspiracy's secrets]]. He breaks down and admits that he is a monster for all he's done, but insists it was for the greater good.


* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyuJI73Uxns The Truth beneath the Rose]]" by Music/WithinTemptation seems to be about this.

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* "Overburdened" by Music/{{Disturbed}} features one for a KnightTemplar waiting in line in hell:
-->I was fighting for a reason\\
Holy blessed homicide\\
Seems I have committed treason\\
All I've sacrificed
* "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyuJI73Uxns The Truth beneath the Rose]]" by Music/WithinTemptation seems is sung from the KnightTemplar's point of view as they realise how wrong their actions were, and wish to be about this.become TheAtoner.


--->'''Dracula''': Lisa...[[spoiler:[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone I-I'm killing our boy]]...[[VillainousBreakdown your greatest gift to me, and I'm killing him]]...]]

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--->'''Dracula''': Lisa...[[spoiler:[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone I-I'm killing our boy]]...[[VillainousBreakdown your greatest gift to me, and I'm killing him]]...I must already be dead.]]


* In ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'', Tiffany hates Theresa for several bad reasons: They are both under a GenderBender spell (and Theresa doesn't share Tiffany's whiny attitude about it), the guy Tiffany tries to tell herself she's not in love with seem interested in Theresa, and they (Tiffany & Theresa) are equally bigoted against each other's culture. After [[LoveInterest Denver]] give her the appropriate "WhatTheHellHero", Tiffany finally realizes what a bitch she has been to Theresa. See page illustration above.

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* In ''Webcomic/{{Exiern}}'', Tiffany hates Theresa for several bad reasons: They are both under a GenderBender spell (and Theresa doesn't share Tiffany's whiny attitude about it), the guy Tiffany tries to tell herself she's not in love with seem interested in Theresa, and they (Tiffany & Theresa) are equally bigoted against each other's culture. After [[LoveInterest Denver]] give her the appropriate "WhatTheHellHero", Tiffany finally realizes what a bitch she has been to Theresa. See page illustration above.



* ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'': [[DarkActionGirl Sal's]] fall from grace has led her to retrieve an AmplifierArtifact which she is [[MoralEventHorizon poised to use to destroy about 2/3rds of the world with]]. Walky brings her back from the brink by presenting her with her ex-boyfriend Danny, who is the only person she will still let herself care about. Her tough-girl persona collides with her desire for Danny to think well of her and [[VillainousBSOD she collapses into a crying heap in Danny's arms]]. Afterward, she becomes TheAtoner for the next few story arcs, resolving to willingly serve out her prison sentence [[PlayAlongPrisoner despite her superpowers meaning she can escape whenever she wants]].

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* ''Webcomic/ItsWalky'': [[DarkActionGirl Sal's]] fall from grace has led her to retrieve an AmplifierArtifact which she is [[MoralEventHorizon poised to use to destroy about 2/3rds of the world with]].with. Walky brings her back from the brink by presenting her with her ex-boyfriend Danny, who is the only person she will still let herself care about. Her tough-girl persona collides with her desire for Danny to think well of her and [[VillainousBSOD she collapses into a crying heap in Danny's arms]]. Afterward, she becomes TheAtoner for the next few story arcs, resolving to willingly serve out her prison sentence [[PlayAlongPrisoner despite her superpowers meaning she can escape whenever she wants]].

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--> '''Foster:''' I'm the bad guy?
--> '''Prendergast:''' Yeah.
--> '''Foster:''' How'd that happen? I did everything they told me to.

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* Julianne in ''Film/MyBestFriendsWedding'' realizes after her attempts to sabotage her best friend Michael's engagement to another woman named Kimberly cause Kimberly to run off crying and many other people to [[WhatTheHellHero chew her out]] for her selfish actions that she's not the quirky female romance lead who proves that the male lead should be with her instead of her romantic rival, [[GenreDeconstruction but the villain who tries to get in between the happy couple]]. She apologizes to Kimberly and admits, "I'm the bad guy," then lets her tie the knot with Michael.


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* To some extent, the plot of ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedIVBlackFlag'' is one long, drawn-out one if you see the ancestor character to be a VillainProtagonist.
* In ''VideoGame/AsurasWrath'', Yasha spent the last 12,000 years going along with the plans of the same people who killed his sister and his brother-in-law, enslaved his niece, and regularly slaughter people for their souls. All for the sake of the "cause" -- preventing the complete destruction of humanity at the hands of the Gohma. He justified it by believing with all his might that it truly was the only way to save humanity in the long run. Confronting Asura again and seeing how much power he's attained ''without'' mass human sacrifice helps Yasha realize that Deus' plan ''isn't'' the only way to save the world. When Asura calls Yasha and the other Deities fools for killing ''seven trillion people'' as part of their plan to "save" the world, Yasha agrees.
* In ''VideoGame/BackToTheFuture: The Game'', [[spoiler:Edna Strickland]] is hit with one of these in the fifth episode, after admitting that [[spoiler:she accidentally burned Hill Valley to the ground when trying to destroy a speakeasy in the 1930s]].
--> [[spoiler:'''Edna''': I'm a hooligan!]]
* In ''VideoGame/BatenKaitos'', [[spoiler:Kalas]] primary motivation from the beginning of the game was [[spoiler: avenging the slaughter of his little brother and grandfather]], but he went ''way'' too far and nearly doomed his planet, countless innocent people, and the lost ocean itself because of it. While he does angst about it quite a bit ([[NeverLiveItDown though not enough in the opinion of some fans]]). [[EasilyForgiven His comrades do forgive him and don't mention his part in the current disaster much]].
* If the Arcade Endings of ''VideoGame/BlazBlueChronoPhantasma'' is any indication, then [[spoiler:Litchi Faye-Ling finally had this. On top of being told that Kokonoe has not just abandoned her, but made her an enemy that she would not hesitate to kill, she is also told by Rachel that her efforts and insistence in saving Arakune and siding with NOL is going to bring the Day of Destruction, killing many people when she thought she wasn't planning to hurt anyone in her quest. On this realization, she broke down in tears, and we're gonna have to see if this characterization will stick in the console Story Mode, or [[IgnoredEpiphany ignored]]]].
* ''VideoGame/DawnOfWar 2'': More of an UnwittingPawn Realization: After finally being convinced that [[spoiler:Chapter Master Kyras]] is actually serving Chaos as Cyrus has been telling him for the past twenty years, Diomedes has a breakdown, since it means a great many of the things he's done (for several hundred years) as the traitor's unwitting enforcer weren't for the good of the Imperium or the Chapter after all.
* In ''VideoGame/DeusExHumanRevolution'', the character Hugh Darrow, father of human augmentation, justifies his actions in [[spoiler: driving every augmented person in the world violently insane with a mass produced 'upgrade' to their bio-chips, by claiming they were necessary to show the world the dangers of mechanical augmentation, wanting to end human augmentation so that future generations may grow up without being surrounded by dangerous cyborgs and the torture of having to rely on an anti-rejection drug or die a slow and painful death, and is unwilling to let the Illuminati he conspires with control humankind through his technology. If Adam can make him see his own flawed logic, showing him the scale of his actions and the possible genocide he has caused, he will recoil in horror of his actions and realize just how much innocent blood he has shed for his own selfish purposes. He gives Adam the code to the Hyron Project computer, making the final boss battle far easier, and meekly tells Adam to leave him for whatever may come next]].
** [[spoiler: With a CASIE mod, you can take the realization a step further, pointing out that all of his stated reasons for destroying human augmentation are just rationalizations for a decision he had already made, and that he's ''really'' doing it out of simple jealousy: He has one arm and a bad leg, but, ironically for the inventor of augmentations, he himself is genetically incompatible with them. He's bitter that the rest of the world can use his gifts while he gets left out, and pointing this out to him causes him to realize just how petty he's being]].
* In ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'', Trish is a demon sent to lure Dante to his doom. He shrugs off her attempts to take his life and goes so far as to save her from a falling column -- [[TheReasonYouSuckSpeech and then calls her a devil and tells her that he only spared her because she looks like his mother]]. Trish's stricken look at that moment speaks volumes.
* ''VideoGame/DevilSurvivor'' has WellIntentionedExtremist [[spoiler:Keisuke]], who only has this epiphany if made to realize they're NotSoDifferent from the people they seek to punish: [[spoiler:like them, he's looking for [[TheScapegoat somebody to blame]] for conditions in the lockdown getting worse, and killing anyone he judges responsible]].
* If you spare [[spoiler:Loghain]] in ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' and increase his approval, he will eventually go through one of these. His last words [[spoiler:if you allow him to slay the Archdemon]] make it clear that he knows his past actions are unforgivable, and all he wants is a chance to atone for them.
** In [[VideoGame/DragonAgeII the sequel]], when you get [[spoiler: Knight-Commander Meredith]] down to her last bit of health, she nearly has one of these, but unfortunately for her, the realization doesn't stick.
* In ''VideoGame/DragonIslandBlue'', many high-ranked Guild Trainers switch sides and join LaResistance after the increasingly ruthless missions that The Guild was sending them on convinced them that The Guild had become corrupted by power and [[TheEmpire turned despotic]]. [[VillainProtagonist The player is a fully-licensed Guild Trainer too]], and rapidly rises to become [[ItsUpToYou their main enforcer]] (though the mass desertion of their elites might have helped with that) - and so, the player will likely have a Heel Realization at some point too... but you never switch sides, and indeed, proceed to effectively destroy LaResistance. [[spoiler: Not because you aren't sympathetic to their cause, but because you feel that overthrowing The Guild in an [[TheRevolutionWillNotBeCivilized armed uprising]] will only lead to unacceptable bloodshed]].
* In ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 1}}'' this is how the TalkingTheMonsterToDeath solution to the BigBad works -- Once you prove to him that his plan could not work and [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans the Utopia that would Justify The Means can't exist]], he realizes that he's simply been doing evil and is DrivenToSuicide by the revelation.
--> "I...don't think I can think that I can '''''continue'''''. ''Continue?'' To have done the things I have done in the name of progress and healing. It was madness. I can see that now. Madness. '''Madness?''' There is no hope. Leave now. Leave while you still have ''hope''..."
* Also in ''VideoGame/FalloutNewVegas'', Joshua Graham, co-founder of [[TheHorde Caesar's Legion]] underwent this after his attempted execution. After he [[ImplacableMan survived]], he became a Mormon once again (albeit very [[KillEmAll militant]]) and rejoined his church.
** In ''Dead Money'', Dean Domino enacted a scheme with Vera Keyes to ruin Francis Sinclaire's happiness out of petty envy in the backstory. Assuming he survives to the end, he will experience remorse when he hears Sinclair and Vera's side of the story. [[EvilCannotComprehendGood He doesn't understand why he feels so sad]], but it's enough to convince him to finally [[ArcWords let go]] of the Sierra Madre.
** One way of TalkingTheMonsterToDeath in ''VideoGame/{{Fallout 3}}'' is to confront [[PresidentEvil President]] [[AIIsACrapshoot Eden]] about [[LogicBomb his circular thinking]]. You then tell him to self-destruct.
--> '''Eden:''' Perhaps...Perhaps there ''is'' a problem. I--I am unsure how to proceed.
* Pretty much the catalyst for ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV''. [[BlackKnight Dark Knight]] Cecil begins the game by questioning his loyalty to the king who raised him like a son but recently began a campaign of conquest. He justifies it by trying to convince himself [[IDidWhatIHadToDo he did what he had to do]], but it's clear he doesn't really believe it. He finally draws the line when after he's [[UnwittingPawn unwittingly used]] to [[KickTheDog burn down a village of innocent summoners]], his friend Kain points out that in order to execute the King's full orders, they will have to kill [[spoiler:Rydia, the only remaining summoner and a 7 year old child, which Cecil adamantly refuses to do (the quote from the DS version is "Any man who'd wish for this is no king of mine!")]]. The next part of the game involves him trying to [[TheAtoner atone]] for the awful things he did as a Dark Knight in Baron's service.
* In ''VideoGame/GodOfWar III'', Kratos goes through this due to a combination of {{The Reason You Suck Speech}}es given to him as well as developing a MoralityChain with Pandora, a [[strike:girl]][[WhatMeasureIsANonHuman statue given life]] who clings to hope in a world that Kratos is systematically destroying. By the end, [[spoiler:he decides to relinquish the power of Hope via a [[AntiHero Anti]]-HeroicSacrifice, though by that time, it's far too late to fix anything]].
** In the original ''God of War'', Kratos, when flashing back to the day when he cried out to Ares for help, thus starting the whole cycle of events that lead up to the present, says to himself "[[MyGodWhatHaveIDone By the Gods, what have I become?]]" This is the ''only'' time we ever see Kratos expressing sorrow and regret for something ''other'' than being tricked into killing his wife and daughter.
* [[http://www.computerandvideogames.com/article.php?id=198344&site=pcg This]] "LetsPlay" of ''VideoGame/GalacticCivilizations 2'' was intended to be a peaceful attempt at attaining galactic superiority through advanced culture. Halfway through comes the realization that something has gone terribly wrong:
-->''[[WhatHaveIBecome God, look at me]]. This was supposed to be my quest for peace, and I've become addicted to destroying suns''.
* In the Flash game [[VideoGame/KingsAscent King's Ascent]], [[spoiler:the entire game is the King's own sorceress and general's plan to force the King to face his flaws and mistakes. The King eventually agrees that he wasn't a very good ruler and throws away his crown to spend the rest of his days as a farmer. The sorceress has a Heel Realization of her own. She acknowledges that she was being driven by anger and hate, and refuses to take the now empty throne]].
* Yuthura in ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' was a former slave and Jedi Padawan who became a Sith to free other slaves, but has lost sight of this, caring only about gaining more power. The player can make her slowly begin to realize this, and if spared after turning on them be made to admit it, and convinced to return to the Jedi Order.
** Towards the end of the game you can learn that [[spoiler:you were the amnesiac Sith Lord all along]].
* An example from ''VideoGame/KnightsOfTheOldRepublicIITheSithLords'' comes from a conversation between Kreia and Jedi Master Atris, during which Atris realizes that she had fallen to TheDarkSide some time ago through her resentment of those she feels betrayed her. Atris subsequently embraces the role of [[MeaningfulName Darth Traya]], although the [[PlayerCharacter Jedi Exile]] has the opportunity to redeem her.
-->'''Kreia:''' "It is such a quiet thing, to fall... but far more terrible is to admit it".
* Creator/{{Infocom}}'s ''VideoGame/LeatherGoddessesOfPhobos'': [[spoiler:Disarming Thorbast/Thorbala then returning his/her sword causes him/her to realize that he/she is the bad guy. This doesn't cause a moral crisis so much as it makes the character realize that he/she doesn't have a chance of beating you, so best to just save time and commit suicide]].
* White Knight Leo from ''VideoGame/Lunar2EternalBlue'' is a KnightTemplar who's really a KnightInShiningArmor at heart...which is why he [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor flip-flops between Heel and Face]]. By the time he's mostly sided with Hiro, he's had to accept that [[spoiler: the Althena he served was a fake goddess, put into position by the real dark god, Zophar. Oh, and that he's slaughtered an untold number of other innocent people by unquestioningly following the orders of his false goddess]]. It's a tough pill to swallow.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect1'', it's possible to talk [[spoiler:[[TheDragon Saren Arterius]] into this, making him realize that he's been BrainwashedAndCrazy all of this time. After this, he proceeds to [[DrivenToSuicide take a pistol and shoot himself]], thanking Shepard with his last words]]. This is approached somewhat differently than usual, as he's already figured out he's the bad guy, but thought it [[NecessarilyEvil to be the only way for anyone to survive the Reaper invasion]]. The player's contribution is to get him to realize that that's the [[MindControl indoctrination]] talking.
** Anyone who has read the ''Mass Effect: Revelation'' prequel book will know that he was an asshole with an agenda even before his [[spoiler:indoctrination]]. He would abuse his [[spoiler:Spectre]] status and openly lie to prevent Anderson from becoming the first human Spectre.
* At the end of ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', Shepard can convince [[spoiler: the Illusive Man]] into committing suicide by convincing him that he has become indoctrinated and that his delusions of controlling the Reapers are just the tool they're using to control ''him''. The method of doing this is more subtle than most of the other reputation-related checks in the game: you have to consistently [[spoiler: pick Paragon or Renegade options during every single conversation with him over the game]] to successfully convince him how far he's fallen.
** The Paragon Ending of the ''Citadel DLC'' has [[spoiler: the [[EvilKnockoff Clone Shepard]]]] end up being DrivenToSuicide after witnessing Shepard's squad rush to help them from the ledge both are dangling off of, while their own ally [[spoiler: Maya]], callously left them to die. Without a word, you can see the realization slowly sink-in, answering their earlier rant about what it was that made Shepard so special [[spoiler: [[IJustWantToBeBadass and]] [[IJustWantToBeSpecial not]] [[IJustWantToHaveFriends them]]]]? The very thing that [[spoiler:Clone!Shepard]] derided the real one over when they first met face to face: Shepard has ''[[TrueCompanions friends]]''.
** The ultimate villain of the ''Overlord'' DLC, if you chose the Paragon solution, seems to have realized between ''2'' and ''3'' how horrific what he did actually was, and erased his notes and left Cerberus when he was asked to repeat it.
** Miranda Lawson originally wanted to implant a MindControlDevice into Shepard's brain when she brought him/her BackFromTheDead. The conversation in ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' where she reveals this shows that she is not happy that the Illusive Man rejected the idea. By ''Mass Effect 3'', she has come to the realization that doing so would have both made her exactly like her hated father, and also have cost her someone who would eventually become a great friend. She all but begs Shepard for forgiveness for simply considering it.
* One of the {{Mooks}} in ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' discusses this in a bit of EnemyChatter, he's not a bad guy, he's just trying to provide for his family and is in over his head but can't get out. Of course, you have to kill him anyway.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalGearRisingRevengeance'', when Monsoon tries to [[BreakThemByTalking break Raiden by talking]], Raiden actually agrees with him when he says that he's a natural-born killer: that in spite of his talks of being a champion for the weak and his sword is a tool of justice, he is, and will always be, [[SociopathicHero Jack the Ripper]].
* [[spoiler: Big Boss]] in ''VideoGame/MetalGearSolid4'' on their deathbed. With the final moments closing in, they think upon their relationship with [[spoiler:Major Zero]] and their other cohorts and acknowledge that their respective ideals, as well as their attempts to create societies devoted to them, were foolhardy. Just before dying, they acknowledge to Snake that, had he been in that situation, he might not have made the same mistakes.
* Quite possibly the entire reason [[JerkassGods Raiden]] attempts to change history in ''VideoGame/MortalKombat9'', coupled with [[TheBadGuyWins Shao Kahn's victory]]. His revival of Liu Kang is one of the key events shown in the flashback message he sends to his past self.
* The main villain of ''[[VideoGame/ParappaTheRapper Parappa the Rapper 2]]'' has one of these during the last verse of his own rap, which, humorously enough, is a phrase that Parappa has to copy:
--> '''Colonel Noodles:''' Then why do I love noodles so dearly? It makes no sense, I must've sounded really eerie!
* Throughout ''VideoGame/{{Persona 4}}'', [[spoiler:Namatame (manipulated by the real killer) has kidnapped people he saw on the Midnight Channel and thrown them into the TV to protect them from a SerialKiller. He sincerely believes that the TV is a safe place, and he can retrieve them once the killer's found. What he doesn't realize is that they can't escape on their own, and once the fog lifts, they will be killed by Shadows. Once he himself enters the TV to escape police pursuit, it hits him just how wrong he was, and he does everything he can to assist the party as atonement... assuming you aren't cruel enough to kill him]].
* In ''Videogame/Persona5'', those [[HeelFaceBrainwashing who have their hearts stolen]] by the Phantom Thieves will eventually be overcome by immense guilt and feel an intense desire to atone for their crimes. For the major targets (all of whom are people of high status in society), this usually results in them publicly confessing their crimes and begging the people for forgiveness.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Prototype}}'' Alex Mercer gets one [[spoiler: when he discovers Alex Mercer has been dead all this time. He was actually TheVirus in an Alex Mercer suit]]. He at least takes some consolation in the fact that [[spoiler: as bad as being TheVirus is, the person he ''thought'' he was before that was '''even worse''']].
* ''VideoGame/{{Skullgirls}}'': Let's face it, Cerebella is a very sweet girl, so sweet that she has IncorruptiblePurePureness. So why is she on this list? Because she's working for a mafia responsible for many murders, yet she faithfully stays with them because she considers them family, and seeks the affections of the mafia boss she considers a father. [[spoiler:Only when she ends up crushing a CatGirl to death to retrieve a stolen jewel does she start to feel remorse for her actions]].
* During the final confrontation in ''VideoGame/SpecOpsTheLine'', the ending choice decides just how much [[spoiler:Martin Walker]] comes to realize, [[SelectiveObliviousness or perhaps acknowledge]], what a terrible person he's become. [[spoiler:With the way the final encounter with Conrad is set up, Walker's full acknowledgment of his own guilt [[DrivenToSuicide causes him to commit suicide]]]].
* Donny Vermilion in ''VideoGame/StarCraftIIWingsOfLiberty'' spends most of the game as a propaganda mouthpiece for Emperor Mengsk until Raynor's Raiders broadcast the truth about the fall of Tarsonis. Upon learning that Mengsk was responsible for the Zerg invasion, all he can do is mutter to himself about his brother who died on Tarsonis during a live broadcast which is immediately cut short. The next time you hear about him he's apparently had a sanity break and was unable to handle the realization that the government he's been defending was the villain all along.
* In the [[VideoGame/StreetFighterI original]] ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', Sagat had beaten Ryu but was permanently left with a deep scar across his chest when Ryu's dark side took over and he got sucker punched with a ''Satsui no Hadou''-powered Shoryuken after the fight. From that moment Sagat vowed revenge against Ryu and took any measure up to and including joining the criminal syndicate Shadaloo run by M. Bison to get that revenge. However during the events of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterAlpha 2'', Sagat was met by Dan Hibiki, a guy whose father he had killed years before in a fight that cost him his eye. Dan was out for revenge and, seeing that Dan shared the same thirst for blood that he had for Ryu, it made Sagat rethink his choice to align with Shadaloo just to get back at Ryu. Sagat let Dan win in order to satisfy Dan's revenge and then Sagat left Shadaloo to pursue Ryu on more honorable terms, eventually leading to a legitimate FriendlyRivalry between the two by the time of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV''.
* In ''VideoGame/TalesOfPhantasia'', the main characters' primary motivation the entire game long is avenging the slaughter of their hometown, but they go too far and they end up nearly dooming a planet because of it. There are a nice few minutes of angst (not quite enough, though) right after the FinalBoss fight.
* Examined in ''VideoGame/{{Undertale}}''.
** [[spoiler: Asgore declared war on mankind of out bitterness years ago, but has since had a Heel Realization after the shock of his son's death wore off and his wife left him. Unfortunately, the hope it gave to all the monsters and the fact that the souls of human children were the only way he knew to escape the Underground meant he now felt he'd trapped himself in this course of action. He refuses to accept mercy if you defeat him in battle. The weight of his sins is so heavy that if you try to spare his life, he will commit suicide]].
** [[spoiler: If the player attempts a Genocide run and seeks to murder every single monster in the Underground, a few characters will change tactics from the original game. Papyrus will not attack you at all but will make a speech appealing to what's good inside you and how everyone can change, with the intention of making the PLAYER have a Heel Realization. If you ignore him and continue your killing spree his big brother Sans will also attempt this, but he's not afraid to throw down if you're too dense to take the hint. Should you accept Papyrus' spare, the game aborts the Genocide route entirely and, while you cannot get a True Pacifist run without a restart, Papyrus will become friends with the player like normal, and the game will progress normally with Sans defending your action to change your mind and thanking you for it]].
* In ''VideoGame/ValkyriaChronicles'' one of the Imperial generals, Jaeger, realizes that even though he's fighting to liberate his own country, his participation in the invasion of Gallia makes him a hypocrite. Inspired by the zeal and dedication the Gallians show in defending their homeland, Jaeger decides to abandon his post and leaves the Imperial army.
* The BonusBoss Algalon in ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has a significant though somber FreakOut when players defeat him. He considers the countless worlds he's [[ApocalypseHow Reoriginated]] and wonders if the million million lives he's destroyed all had free will and loved life as much as the players. As a result, despite his orders dictating Azeroth be Reorginated, he gives you the "all is well" code to send to the Titans.
* ''VideoGame/{{Xenosaga}}'' has Canaan, who actually does this ''twice'': first as Lactis during the cellphone game ''Pied Piper'', then a hundred years later during ''Xenosaga III: Also Sprach Zarathustra'' as Canaan. Both times, [[spoiler:RedemptionEqualsDeath. Reincarnation is fun, kids]].
* Inducing this in the game is how you win ''You Find Yourself In A Room''. If you mention hatred or anger as emotions you will be better off without, the game realizes that it is not the superior emotionless being it thought, as it's ''filled with hatred and anger''. [[VillainousBSOD This drives it into a despair in which it simply lets you go, finding no more meaning in its tortures]].
* ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': Ulfric Stormcloak has one while in Sovngarde, the Nord equivalent of Valhalla. Despite his best intentions, the rebellion he led gifted Alduin the World Eater with a surfeit of souls to devour and played right into the hands of his hated enemies the Thalmor. They had used him as an unwitting agent to weaken the Empire through civil war, distracting them from the bigger threat of the Thalmor themselves.
* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsI'': Riku, after destroying his world, serving Maleficent, getting Dark powers, and controlling Heartless gets one [[spoiler: around the time that Ansem possesses him]]. The rest of the series is him becoming TheAtoner.
* ''VideoGame/SuperRobotWarsX'': Zigzagged by [[Anime/TheBraveExpressMightGaine Catherine Vuitton]] in the DLC Beautiful Blue Water, after she kidnaps [[Anime/NadiaTheSecretOfBlueWater Marie]] and learns her tragic backstory. In one breath she wonders how she can possibly be holding such an innocent child hostage like this, and then [[IgnoredEpiphany in the next declares that even if she does have a conscience, she's still going to do anything to get what she wants]]!
* FallenHero Ace Hardlight in ''VideoGame/RatchetDeadlocked'', during the fairly brief interval between his boss fight and his death, seems to realize how badly the wealth and fame of killing other heroes in Vox's GladiatorGames had corrupted him.
-->'''Ace Hardlight:''' Don't let Vox do to you what he did to me.
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* The final season of ''Series/TwentyFour'' saw, after 7+ seasons of being pushed around, screwed over, and betrayed, Jack Bauer snapping and going down a dark path where revenge actually had precedence over justice for him. In the series finale, Chloe finally brings Jack back to his senses by making him realize that if he assassinates [[spoiler: Yuri Suvarov, the Russian President]] dying on U.S. soil would lead to war between the United States of America and Russia and lead to the deaths of far more innocent than guilty.
* ''Series/ThirtyRock'', Liz goes to her high school reunion and finds out that the reason she was so unpopular in high school [[spoiler:was that her humor was seen as bullying by EVERYONE else in the school]].
* ''Series/TheAffair'': Alison has a bit of a freak out when Yvonne starts to treat her very coldly and discovers that it's because she's basically portrayed as a homewrecking nymphomaniac in Noah's novel. She's shocked to find out that people see her that way and actually tries to apologize to Noah's ex-wife Helen.
* In ''Series/{{Alias}}'', the agents of SD-6 are ''not'' happy to learn they've been working for the enemy all along.
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'':
** The gang have a kind of WillTheyOrWontThey relationship with this trope in season 5.
** And periodically through the entire series, both with series arcs and Angel's flashback-guilt. There's sort of an implication that if they're ever not hovering around one of these that something is seriously wrong.
** Happens to Spike, oddly well after his HeelFaceDoorSlam. A deranged Slayer kidnaps and tortures him, mistaking Spike for a man who tormented her during her childhood. In the end, Spike realizes it didn't matter that he never laid a finger on the girl because he'd done plenty worse to other people.
* ''Series/BabylonFive'':
** Sebastian the Vorlon Inquisitor had such a realization about [[spoiler: his "reform" project for which he was "remembered only as [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper Jack" (the Ripper)]]]].
-->'''Sebastian''': The city was drowning in decay, chaos, immorality. A message needed to be sent, etched in blood, for all the world to see: a warning. In the pursuit of my holy cause, I did things, terrible things, unspeakable things. The world condemned me, but it didn't matter, because I believed I was right and the world was wrong. I believed I was the divine messenger. I believed I was...\\
'''Sheridan:''' Chosen?\\
'''Sebastian:''' I was found by the Vorlons. They showed me the terrible depth of my mistake, my crimes, my presumption. I have done 400 years of penance in their service. A job for which they said I was ideally suited. Now, perhaps, they will finally let me die.
** Zack Allan was originally enticed into joining [[BlackShirt Nightwatch]] because of the extra pay it offered, but as he noticed Nightwatch get more and more oppressive, he began to resent his decision. Still, he stayed in and simply strove to involve himself as little as possible. All the time, his chief, Garibaldi, kept railing him for thinking it's a game when the consequences are getting very serious. Finally, as Nightwatch tries to take over the station, he lets slip that a bunch of Narns are coming in to replace them. The leader of the local Nightwatch musters every hand possible to capture them.[[spoiler:..putting all of them in one single secure location which Zack promptly has sealed. After both sides had told him he had done the right thing, it's only ''at this point'', coming from a more-reassuring Garibaldi, that he feels he can believe it. Turning in the Nightwatch showed he was on the right side after all, and he would eventually become Chief of Security himself]].
** In the fourth season, [[FictionFiveHundred William Edgars]], who during his MotiveRant, catches himself referring to "[[ANaziByAnyOtherName The Telepath Problem]]". He stops, [[WhatHaveIDone considers what he is saying]], then [[WellIntentionedExtremist resigns himself to it and presses on]].
* ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' had an episode with two unrelated stories about this. One centered around a reunion between Leonard and a former bully, during which time he began to realize how much he'd hurt Leonard [[spoiler:until he wakes up the next morning fully sober and reverts to his older self]]. The other centered around [[spoiler:Penny]] realizing that she used to be a bully and trying to overcome her guilt upon realizing how much she hurt her classmates. [[spoiler:This doesn't go so well, as her attempt to salve her conscience by donating clothes to Goodwill ends with her ''taking'' clothes from the box]].
* ''Series/TheBoys2019'':
** Starlight came to one of these early on, which is why Hughie thinks about recruiting her for the team.
** [[spoiler: Maeve gets a rather more extreme one of these after Homelander talks her into abandoning a plane full of people to crash in the ocean.]]
* Between seasons two and three of ''Series/BreakingBad'', Jesse has one of these moments.
-->'''Jesse:''' I learned it in rehab. It's all about accepting who you really are. I accept who I am.\\
'''Walter:''' And who are you?\\
'''Jesse:''' I'm the bad guy.
** Jesse returns to this fairly often, frequently being the one with a conscience. [[spoiler:This hits its apex in season 5 when the group's actions result in the death of a kid and Jesse decides to retire from the meth game, no matter how much Walt tries to guilt him into staying]].
** Walt has these moments himself on occasion, [[IgnoredEpiphany but tends to move past them quickly]] -- which is ironic since, by most standards, he's ''much worse'' than Jesse. The biggest one probably comes in season 4 in "Salud". As per usual, it doesn't stick. [[spoiler: Until "Gliding Over All" in season 5]].
*** The message finally seems to get through to him in [[spoiler:"Ozymandias." Unfortunately, it's not until Hank is dead and his entire family has been destroyed, their lives ruined by his actions and choices]].
** Skyler has it at the beginning of Season 5. While she was content with helping Walt with his crimes at first, once she finds out that he was behind the murder of [[spoiler:Gus]], she realizes how monstrous he's become and is terrified of him, doing everything she can to get the kids away from him.
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'':
** Near the end of her life, Glory starts feeling emotions. This counts as an IgnoredEpiphany, however.
** Jonathan has one, which begins when he realizes the exact nature of a mind-controlled sex slave.
** Andrew has one, which provides an in-story TearJerker moment from him when he finally allows himself to realize just how cruel his betrayal of Jonathan was.
** When Faith switched bodies with Buffy, she eventually figures out that she could have taken a run at Angel for evil, and would reappear on his show as in the hope he would kill her. He sees right through this ploy and doesn't comply with it.
** Another mild one crops up in the comics. Aside from the fact she is crazy enough to snap and try to kill Buffy despite her HeelFaceTurn due to a combination of liking the person she was going to kill, trying to protect her from Buffy and some belief that if she kills Buffy she'll be a hero; she has the realization she treats anyone who is the least bit decent to her like dirt. While she was nice before her FaceHeelTurn and after her HeelFaceTurn after she realizes this she makes more of an effort to treat people nicely for more than just getting what she wants.
* Iris Crowe in ''Series/{{Carnivale}}'', tells her foster-father Norman Balthus that she knows she's evil:
-->'''Iris''': I'm going to hell when I die. I know that. But if I am very fortunate, my brother will be there waiting for me [[BrotherSisterIncest with an embrace]].
* ''Series/{{Charmed|1998}}'': In season 8, Billie Jenkins reunites with [[spoiler:her long-lost sister Christy]], who, unbeknownst to Billie, has become BrainwashedAndCrazy thanks to the Triad, believing that the Charmed Ones are the bad guys. Billie is duped by [[spoiler:Christy]] into believing the Charmed Ones have gone bad, and in the final episodes, gets in a fight with them that results in the destruction of the Halliwell Manor and the deaths of [[spoiler:Phoebe, Paige, and Christy]]. Billie realizes she was being used all along after encountering the demon Dumain, who tries to convince her to use her [[RealityWarper projection power]] to go back in time to the Triad before she uses it to prevent [[spoiler:Christy's]] death; sadly, [[spoiler:Christy]] is [[MoralEventHorizon too far gone to save]], and Billie ends up killing her.
* In ''Series/CrazyExGirlfriend'', Rebecca does a lot of questionable things in order to get Josh to like her and break up with his current girlfriend, Valencia. When she finally overhears Valencia saying that she thinks Josh is going to propose to her, Rebecca suddenly realizes that she hasn't been the ''hero'' in the story, but the ''villain'' and sings "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhzN7SfnNeY I'm the Villain in My Own Story]]."
* At the first season finale of ''Series/{{Daredevil 2015}}'', Wilson Fisk finally admits that he's not a good man forced to do bad things, but simply a bad man -- and immediately decides that he's fine with that, because [[TheCityNarrows Hell's Kitchen]] deserves every last bit of his badness.
-->'''Fisk:''' I always thought that I was the Samaritan in [[Literature/TheBible that story]]. It's funny, isn't it, how even the best of men can be deceived by their true nature?\\
'''Guard:''' What the hell does that mean?\\
'''Fisk:''' It means that I am not the Samaritan. That I am not the priest or the Levite. That I am the ill intent that set upon the traveler on a road that ''he should not have been on''.
* Twice in the final episode of Season 2 of ''Series/DirkGentlysHolisticDetectiveAgency'':
** Todd manages to break through Susie's ItsAllAboutMe attitude, saying "taking control of your life" doesn't mean warping everything else to suit you. Unfortunately, instead of a HeelFaceTurn, she goes full-blown CardCarryingVillain.
** Conversely, Hugo finally asks "''Am'' I the villain? Am I, like, the bad guy, but I'm just so stupid, I don't even ''realize''?", and [[spoiler: sacrifices himself to get Dirk back to Wendimoor]].
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E8SilenceInTheLibrary "Silence in the Library"]] has a minor one: when the remnant of BrainlessBeauty Miss Evangelista's consciousness asks to talk to Donna because she was the only person who'd been nice to her recently, there's a shot of the other expedition members, especially the Daves and Anita, looking guilty because they'd bullied her for her ditziness while she was alive.
** [[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E13JourneysEnd "Journey's End"]] has a truly shocking one, from a frigging ''[[spoiler:Dalek]]'' no less.
--->'''[[spoiler:Dalek Caan]]:''' I ''saw'' the [[spoiler:Daleks]], what [[MoralEventHorizon we have done]] throughout time and space. ''I saw the truth of us'', creator, and I decreed: [[PunctuatedForEmphasis No! More!]]"
*** A later episode, "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS34E2IntoTheDalek Into the Dalek]]", reveals that part of their cybernetics is a system specifically intended to prevent these by blocking the memory of anything potentially enlightening. The Dalek in question goes on a crusade to wipe out the Dalek race after being freed of its effects.
** The Doctor himself had one in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS30E16TheWatersOfMars The Waters of Mars]]" after Adelaide Brooke calls him out on his [[WhatTheHellHero megalomania regarding time itself]]. Ten's descent into madness, and then his realization at what he's done once [[spoiler: Adelaide [[HeroicSacrifice kills herself]] to protect the time stream]] is painful to watch, but [[Creator/DavidTennant Tennant's]] performance remains nothing short of magnificent.
--->'''The Doctor:''' I've taken lives. And I got worse, I got ''clever''. [[TechnicalPacifist Manipulated people into taking their own]]. Sometimes I think a Time Lord lives too long.
** Amy to Rory in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS32E10TheGirlWhoWaited The Girl Who Waited]]", after realizing that she ''doomed herself to wait thirty-six years being chased by killer robots to be rescued''.
** A major one occurs to the Twelfth Doctor after he comes close to becoming [[WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds Woobie, Destroyer of Time]] in "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS35E12HellBent Hell Bent]]" in a desperate attempt to prevent [[spoiler: the death of his beloved companion, Clara]]. Although he is actually, technically successful, his actions alienate him from his own people and even threaten to destroy his friendship with her. After receiving a major WhatTheHellHero dressing down from her, the Doctor realizes that he has done, and he makes amends by [[spoiler: allowing his key memories of Clara to be erased]].
--->'''The Doctor:''' I went too far. I broke all my own rules.
** A milder example occurs in "[[Recap/DoctorWho2015CSTheHusbandsOfRiverSong The Husbands of River Song]]"; when Flemming declares that the Doctor loves River and would always come to her aid, River bitterly declares to Fleming that the Doctor never loved her and that he would not be rushing to her rescue out of pure sentiment (not realizing that the man who was standing beside her for the whole episode ''was'' the Doctor). The Doctor never says anything, but the expression on the Doctor's face speaks volumes as he realizes how he has hurt River by his callousness. The episode ends with the Doctor and River [[EarnYourHappyEnding finally having their long-overdue last night together at the Singing Towers of Darillium]]. Of course, the nights on Darillium are 24 years long...
* ''Series/{{Dollhouse}}'':
** Mellie/November gives Ballard a creepy speech indicating (between the lines) that she's been programmed with low self-respect, and he responds with a dose of rough sex. The next morning she asks if he'll be looking for Dollhouse clients, and he mutters, "I found one."
** [[spoiler:Topher begins to have this realization, and tries to fight it off with noble goals, such as saving Priya from a lifetime of sex slavery. Nonetheless, his scientific progress leads nowhere good, he holds himself responsible for the destruction his discoveries cause, and he goes insane]].
* [[spoiler:Henry]] gets one of these in ''Series/{{Eureka}}'' after finding out that [[spoiler:his wife]] used to be a Consortium agent. When questioning her, he finally gets her to reveal who she is protecting -- [[spoiler: him, or rather his alternate self in this reality]].
* ''Series/GameOfThrones'':
** Stannis undergoes this after he's forced to sacrifice Shireen. He hates himself for doing so but goes on with it anyway.
** Selyse does not realize Shirieen's worth until it's way too late. This despair causes her to commit suicide.
* In the first season finale of ''Series/TheGoodPlace'', Tahani and Chidi both realize that they weren't as good in life as they thought they were: Tahani raised billions for charity but did it only for selfish reasons, while Chidi had good intentions but ultimately did nothing productive and alienated the people around him with his chronic indecisiveness, [[spoiler:which is why the two of them were sent to the same Bad Place as the more obviously-bad Eleanor and Jason]].
* At the end of one episode of ''Series/HappyEndings'', Alex realizes she's been running a child labor ring in the back of her store, and how terrible this is. Takes the intervention of her friends before she gets it though.
* One episode of ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' has Barney convincing Ted to have a night out with him, and getting him to live like there's no tomorrow. The context is that Ted has been having a bad time of it and is getting depressed about ever meeting someone. So they go to a bar and Ted ends up doing a bunch of not cool things, like charging a lot of expensive booze to someone else's tab, making out with a married woman (who he knew was married), etc. He thought it was all fun, until [[TheConscience Marshall]] plays back the recording of the night that got left on his phone (from Ted [[BrickJoke butt-dialing]] him). Ted realizes what a dirt-bag he's been and that he is essentially becoming Barney.
* Done rather nicely in ''Series/ICarly'' with Nevel, who was as close to a BigBad as the show got. After spending the series doing everything he could to destroy iCarly, he gets caught on video being his mean, {{Jerkass}} self to a little girl who'd accidentally bumped into him. Not only does this ruin his life, but it also shows him what he's ''really'' been like. He says MyGodWhatHaveIDone and makes a token effort to change his ways. Ultimately, the iCarly gang helps him do so and he performs a HeelFaceTurn as a result.
* In ''Series/TheMiddleman'' episode "The Obsolescent Cryogenic Meltdown", [[spoiler:former Middleman]] Guy Goddard realizes that he's the villain when he finds himself saying the villainous OnceAnEpisode CatchPhrase "My plan is sheer elegance in its simplicity."
* During the episode "Think Like a Peter" of ''Series/TheMindyProject'', Peter has one of these when dressing down Mindy's one-night stand.
-->'''Peter:''' This guy took advantage of your heartbreak, and that is a low move. That is disgusting. That is exactly the thing... that I would do. Am I a dick? Does everyone think I'm a dick?\\
'''Mindy:''' Yeah, are you just realizing this now?
* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Regina has done all manner of horrible things and is largely okay with them. In the second episode of season 2, a MeaningfulEcho from Henry makes her realize she has become the one thing she swore she would never be... her mother. In fact, much of her interactions with him in the episode are recreations of her interactions with her mother in the flashbacks. She lets Henry go, and begins to try to be TheAtoner.
* ''Series/ThePartridgeFamily'': In "Whatever Happened to Moby-Dick?" the family encounters a money-grubbing FatSweatySouthernerInAWhiteSuit who tries to profit off a record the family made in order to [[GreenAesop raise awareness of the endangerment of whales]]. Danny sees himself in the man, and doesn't like what he sees.
--> '''Danny''': He made me see what I was really like: rotten.
* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'':
** ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'': Ransik realizes his obsession with destroying humanity has gone too far when [[spoiler:he accidentally harms his daughter when she rescues a baby. The shock of losing the only person he loves convinces him to turn himself in]].
** ''Series/PowerRangersJungleFury'': [[spoiler:Jarrod]] starts to rebel against Dai Shi's evil influence near the end of the series, but Dai Shi tells [[spoiler:Jarrod]] that the reason he choose him to be his host is because he has the strength of a lion, but not the heart. He saw no goodness or nobility in [[spoiler:Jarrod]]. The shock of this hits him hard that [[spoiler:until convinced otherwise, after being freed from Dai Shi, he goes into self-exile because he feels he doesn't deserve redemption]].
-->'''Camille:''' Dai Shi lead many down his dark path. Maybe it's not too late for us to change.\\
[[spoiler:'''Jarrod:''']] Change? You mean back to the way I was before: a mean-spirited bully? No. There's no chance left for me.
* Happens a couple of times in ''Series/QuantumLeap''.
** In "Her Charm", Sam leaps into an FBI agent assigned to protect a woman who testified against a crime boss. His attempts to hide her ''should'' be successful, but fail when an informant in the agency keeps giving away her location to her pursuers. Sam groans in frustration when he learns that [[spoiler:''he'' (or rather, the man he leaped into) is the rat in question]].
** In "Last Dance Before an Execution", Sam leaps into a man in the electric chair who is given a 48-hour reprieve, seemingly to try to prove the innocence of the man he leaped into. But as it turns out, [[spoiler:he really did it after all -- he was there to save the co-defendant, who was innocent]].
* Tony Stonem in series 1 of ''Series/{{Skins}}'' comes to this conclusion after [[spoiler: his sister almost dies due to a revenge plot concocted by someone he screwed over in the previous episode and he relies on his best friend Sid, whose emotions he has been playing with for the entire series, to help save her. He then gets hit by a bus]].
* In ''Series/{{Smallville}}'', [[spoiler:ComicBook/LexLuthor]] of all people had one of these in [[spoiler:''Bizarro'']], and turns himself in ''[[NotMeThisTime for a crime that he didn't commit]]'' because he feels he was rescued by an angel [[spoiler:actually ComicBook/{{Supergirl}}]] to face his demons, not to run away.
* ''Series/StargateSG1'':
** Richard Woolsey in the episode "Inauguration", beginning his long journey to becoming one of the heroes and ultimately a regular on ''Series/StargateAtlantis''. Downplayed in that he was never truly a villain, but he realized he was working ''with'' a villain
** And Harry Maybourne as well, from slimy weasel to convicted traitor to grudging ally to beloved king of an alien planet.
** Tomin has one early in "The Ark of Truth". The Priors have a collective one after the Ark is opened, the Doci even has a MyGodWhatHaveIDone moment.
* ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'':
** Nicely played out in the episode "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS06E11Waltz Waltz]]", although some fans feel it began Dukat's [[MotiveDecay descent]] into a more [[AxCrazy simplistic villainy]]. Upon being asked by the hero to justify his occupation of Bajor, Dukat's calm rationalizations gradually give way to a rant about the Bajorans' lack of gratitude for his mercy, until he answers Sisko's sarcastic "you should have killed them all" with an excited "yes! Yes, that's right, isn't it? I knew it. I've always known it. I should have killed every last one of them. I should have turned their planet into a graveyard the likes of which the Galaxy has never seen! I should have killed them all." When he later makes his escape, he's dropped the claim of being a misunderstood hero that he'd always made before, and becomes an unapologetic, nihilistic villain for the rest of the series - one of the few examples where a character recognizes his villainy and actually [[CardCarryingVillain embraces it]]. This also doubles as a NiceJobBreakingItHero given what Dukat would go on to do after Sisko goaded him into embracing his dark side.
** Damar has one in "[[Recap/StarTrekDeepSpaceNineS07E22TackingIntoTheWind Tacking Into The Wind]]". He had, up to this point, romanticized the old Cardassia, particularly the occupation of Bajor, not seeing it for the genocidal campaign it was. It isn't until The Dominion murder his family in retaliation for him leading LaResistance (and an ArmorPiercingQuestion from Kira) that he realizes it.
--->'''Damar:''' They weren't a part of this rebellion. The Dominion knew that. The Founder knew that. ''Weyoun'' knew that. To kill her and my son... the casual brutality of it... the waste of life. What kind of state tolerates the murder of innocent women and children? What kind of people give those orders?"
--->'''Kira:''' Yeah, Damar, ''what kind of people'' give those orders?
*** Kira immediately regrets goading him like that, worried that it will just put further strain on their tense alliance against the Dominion. But Garak reassures her that if Damar is [[TheAtoner the kind of man Garak hopes he is]] (for the sake of Cardassia), her comment will help invoke this trope.
** Odo also has one in "Sacrifice Of Angels", when he realizes that he's let himself be seduced by the Founders into turning his back on the people he cares for, who were depending on him.
--->'''Odo:''' There are people out there fighting, dying. People who used to be my friends.\\
'''Founder:''' They're solids, Odo. You must remember that.\\
'''Odo:''' I know, but they still mean something to me.\\
'''Founder:''' The Link means more.\\
'''Odo:''' That's what I keep telling myself, but somehow I can't quite believe it.
* ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'':
** Occurs in the episode, "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E3TheChangeling Changeling]]", for certain values of "hero" and "villain", as Kirk reveals to NOMAD that it has made an error. NOMAD realizes that it, too, is Faulty and Imperfect, and therefore must be Sterilized.
** ''Also'' in "[[Recap/StarTrekS1E21TheReturnOfTheArchons The Return of the Archons]]". Kirk must have studied Logical Judo in Starfleet.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The moment at the end of season four in "[[Recap/SupernaturalS04E22LuciferRising Lucifer Rising]]" after Sam has killed Lilith and Ruby revealed [[spoiler:that Lilith ''was'' the final seal, not the one who was going to break the final seal]], is Sam's [[DownplayedTrope moment]] when he realizes he's just an UnwittingPawn who [[NiceJobBreakingItHero screwed up big time]] [[spoiler:and brought about the apocalypse]]. [[HeroicBSOD His face]] during Ruby's triumphal and extremely ill-advised [[EvilGloating monologue]] conveys complete devastation. He's barely even paying attention when he and Dean subsequently kill Ruby.
** There's an odd version in the season five episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS05E04TheEnd The End]]" when Dean realizes where his current path leads after he's sent into the future and [[FutureMeScaresMe meets himself]].
-->'''Dean:''' (Chained up) What? You don't trust yourself?\\
'''Future!Dean:''' No. Absolutely not. (leaves)\\
'''Dean:''' What a ''dick''.
** In the season seven episode "[[Recap/SupernaturalS07E01MeetTheNewBoss Meet the New Boss]]", after getting DrunkOnTheDarkSide and JumpingOffTheSlipperySlope, [[spoiler:Castiel finally realizes he's out of his depth after his DisproportionateRevenge turns into an unintended massacre when the Leviathans inside him take over]].
* ''Series/ThatMitchellAndWebbLook'' had a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEle_DLDg9Y sketch involving a pair of Nazis starting to wonder if they were the bad guys]]: they were, after all, wearing black uniforms with skulls on them.
-->'''Mitchell''': Hans... are we the ''baddies''?
* In an episode of ''Series/UltramanMebius'', the son of Alien Mates, (from the older series, ''Series/ReturnOfUltraman'') comes to Earth to destroy humanity for killing his Father by using a monster, "Zoa Muruchi" to do so. However upon realizing the aftermath of his father's deathbed ([[spoiler:a boy who befriended the original Mates spent his childhood and most of his life trying to dig up his ship in order to return it]]) Alien Mates goes through this, having realized that [[BaitTheDog he just sent his own monster to die]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone through blind ignorance and hatred]]. Ultimately, Mebius [[ShootTheDog has to do his duty as an Ultra and put the monster down]].
* Becky, one of the unwitting protagonists going up against the TheConspiracy in ''Series/{{Utopia}}'', comes to the realization that they're [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becoming just as terrifying]] and [[NotSoDifferent ruthless as their enemies]].
* Tara has an "I'm working with a villain" moment in ''Series/TheWalkingDead''. The Governor convinced a group of people (including her family) that he was a good man and Rick's group (who they hadn't encountered) were villains. Outside the prison, Rick's KirkSummation was enough to make Tara seriously question this. The Governor's execution of [[spoiler:Hershel]] quickly confirms it. She winds up sitting out the entire battle in shock and horror. Since she didn't actually fight, she's allowed to join Rick's group shortly after and becomes part of their family.
* As ''Series/TheWire'' winds to its conclusion, [=McNulty=] finally realizes that being a CowboyCop did ''not'' make him a hero after his plan to get more funding for the police via a fake serial killer story blows up in his face.
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* ''{{Webcomic/Xkcd}}'': ''{{Webcomic/xkcd}}'': "[[http://xkcd.com/481/ Listen to Yourself]]" uses a "{{Troll}} Realization" variation on the theme.

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* In ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'', during his final moments before death, [[spoiler:Gyuutarou realizes that during their terrible childhood living in the Red Light District, in the poorest area, under a prostitute mother who abused he and his sister to no end, that once their mother died Gyuutarou and his sister Ume / Daki should have struggled more to just run away from all of that life; what Gyuutarou did instead was basically become a pimp to his own sister and teach her that she shouldn’t take crap from nobody, which indirectly pushed her to stab in the eye a samurai who wanted to have his way with her when she didn’t want to, causing Daki to be burnt alive as retaliation, which made Gyuutarou desperate to save her, accepting the offer to become demons, who even after that worked their ways into the Red Light District in the shadows for a century; Gyuutarou wished he taught his sister better life lessons instead, groom her to become a nice lady out of being a prostitute, who maybe would have married a good man and made a nice family together]].


* ''ComicBook/JudgeDredd'': Dredd always believed that the Judges and the totalitarian PoliceState they ran were necessary to maintain order. After he's ordered to crush a peaceful democratic protest, he starts to have doubts about the "Big Lie", namely that the Judges know what's best for the people. He eventually turns in his badge and journeys out into the Cursed Earth, which leads to further tragedy when undead enemies return in his absence.

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Dredd always believed that the Judges and the totalitarian PoliceState they ran were necessary to maintain order. After he's ordered to crush a peaceful democratic protest, he starts to have doubts about the "Big Lie", namely that the Judges know what's best for the people. He eventually turns in his badge and journeys out into the Cursed Earth, which leads to further tragedy when undead enemies return in his absence.absence.
** The founder of the Judges, Chief Justice Fargo, ultimately realized that the system he created was wrong. He feared that his attempt to restore a measure of order had instead destroyed the American Dream forever. He spends his dying moments begging Dredd to undo the system and restore democracy.


->''"Hans... are we the '''baddies'''?"''

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->''"Hans...->''"Have you noticed that our caps have actually got little pictures of skulls on them? Hans... are we the '''baddies'''?"''

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