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* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel''. Bloberta married Clay, thinking she could change him. It didn't work; Clay managed to get even worse, and the two now live an AwfulWeddedLife, with both of them near a mental breakdown. Divorce isn't an option, because each and every person in their town is so religious that such a thing would be unthinkable. [[spoiler:The end of the series reveals that Clay and Bloberta end up old and bitter, still utterly despising each other to their last breaths.]]


'''Marge:''' When I first met your father, he was loud, crude, and piggish. But I worked hard on him, [[BlatantLies and now he's a whole new person]].\\

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'''Marge:''' When I first met your father, he was loud, crude, and piggish. But I worked hard on him, [[BlatantLies and now he's a whole new person]].person.\\



'''Marge:''' ''He's a whole... [[PunctuatedForEmphasis New! Person! Lisa!]]''

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'''Marge:''' ''He's a whole... [[PunctuatedForEmphasis New! Person! Lisa!]]''Lisa!''



* It's implied that this is why the Commander once dated Tank in ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings''. Tank's comment doesn't help:
-->"It makes a lot of sense when you remember I'm about as close as people get to being project cars."

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* ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'': It's implied that this is part of why the Commander once dated Tank, a cyborg berserker with self-esteem issues. If so, it didn't work -- the Commander left after suffering one too many abusive episodes, which, ironically, was the wake-up call that led Tank in ''WebComic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings''. Tank's comment doesn't help:
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makes a lot of sense when you remember I'm about as close as people get to being project cars."cars.
* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'': PlayedForLaughs when the empty-headed elf prince Glitterbranch becomes infatuated with the evil drow priestess Arachne. His plan consists of abducting her to his homeland and waiting for the sunlight, forest air, and wholesome company to turn her into a good person. She doesn't. Fortunately, his more level-headed parents send her home before she starts conducting HumanSacrifice.

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* This is why Tina Russo dates ''WesternAnimation/DaffyDuck'' in ''WesternAnimation/TheLooneyTunesShow'' and to her credit, she does bring out Daffy's redeeming qualities more often than most characters.


* Also averted in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', despite its reputation for "promoting" this attitude. While it is a {{Love Redeems}} story, Belle never tries to change the Beast, nor does she fall in love with him until after he changes.

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* Also averted in ''Disney/BeautyAndTheBeast'', despite its reputation for "promoting" this attitude. While it is a {{Love Redeems}} story, Belle never tries to change the Beast, nor does she fall in love with him until after he changes. In the [[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastTheEnchantedChristmas mid]][[Disney/BeautyAndTheBeastBellesMagicalWorld quels]], however, the trope is played completely straight as she spends much of those movies being more of a cheery therapist for the Beast rather than the independently-thinking girl she was in the first film. It's a reason why these two movies are some of the most maligned out of the direct-to-video sequels.

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* Parodied in a (paraphrased) one-liner: "It's foolish to believe that you can change a man. Unless he's in diapers."
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* In the ''Literature/BookOfHosea'', the eponymous Hosea is told by {{God}} to marry a known prostitute, as an object lesson to the people of Israel, who had turned to worshipping other gods, even though they had promised not to. He does as he is told, and marries a woman of ill repute by the name of Gomer. He provides and cares for her, and tries to make a "respectable" wife out of her, but she just won't give up her wanton ways. She even runs off with another man, and Hosea has to literally buy her back from him. [[DeconstructedTrope The marriage is nothing but heartache for Hosea, and likely isn't much better for Gomer]]. And although he would have the right under the law to divorce her, or even have her executed for adultery, he does his best to make the marriage work, if only because {{God}} told him to.
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Alice is a LoveMartyr for Bob. The world can plainly see that Bob is an utter loser -- he's selfish, greedy, and completely spineless -- but not Alice. To her, Bob's faults are minor and no cause for concern, for she can Change Him. The power and strength of her love will send him through a metamorphosis that will remake him into her perfect man. You wait. You'll see.

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Alice is a LoveMartyr for Bob. [[WhatDoesSheSeeInHim The world can plainly see that Bob is an utter loser -- he's selfish, greedy, and completely spineless spineless]] -- but not Alice. To her, Bob's faults are minor and no cause for concern, for she can Change Him. The power and strength of her love will send him through a metamorphosis that will remake him into her perfect man. You wait. You'll see.


-->'''We're not saying you can change him, 'cause people don't really change\\

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-->'''We're -->''We're not saying you can change him, 'cause people don't really change\\

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-->'''We're not saying you can change him, 'cause people don't really change\\
We're only saying that [[ThePowerOfLove love's a force that's powerful and strange]]\\
People make bad choices if they're mad or scared or stressed\\
But throw a little love their way, and you'll bring out their best.''


* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Belle insists on staying with Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin not because she doesn't believe he's a monster, but because she ''knows'' he is but believes that he can be better and can bring out his good qualities. Also, without her [[MoralityChain presence and influence]] to curb his more extreme tendencies, he tends to be a ''lot'' worse. [[spoiler: In the midseason finale of Season 4, she finds out that he's been lying to her for months and plotting murder and various evilness. She realizes that he won't change for her and that he never intended to do so, and ends the relationship and forces him to leave town (which also strips him of his magical powers).]]

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* In ''Series/OnceUponATime'', Belle insists on staying with Mr. Gold/Rumplestiltskin not because she doesn't believe he's a monster, but because she ''knows'' he is but believes that he can be better and can bring out his good qualities. Also, without her [[MoralityChain presence and influence]] to curb his more extreme tendencies, he tends to be a ''lot'' worse. [[spoiler: In the midseason finale of Season 4, she finds out that he's been lying to her for months and plotting murder and various evilness. She realizes that he won't change for her and that he never intended to do so, and ends the relationship and forces him to leave town (which also strips him of his magical powers). She still ends up taking him back half a season later and stays with him until she dies (of old age) despite his continuous issues of struggles with power, incidentally coinciding with have her appear less and less onscreen.]]


* A common plot to a Website/{{Wattpad}} story about a girl who [[AllGirlsWantBadBoys falls in love with a bad boy]]. The boy is usually manipulative, abusive, and has anger issues, but the protagonist will always be there to defend him and say that she knows that there is good in him somewhere. Results of her efforts vary from story to story.



* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Lana has this attitude towards Sterling. A case of AllGirlsWantBadBoys, Lana is ''very'' sexually-attracted to [[MrFanservice Archer]] despite the fact that he ranges from {{Jerkass}} to {{PsychopathicManchild}}. While she finds nearly everything about his personality revolting, she keeps going back to trying to force him to be more the way she wants him to be, including using TheBabyTrap to make him more responsible, and not coincidentally more focused on ''her'' (and not necessarily their child).

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* On ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'', Lana has this attitude towards Sterling. A case of AllGirlsWantBadBoys, Lana is ''very'' sexually-attracted to [[MrFanservice Archer]] despite the fact that he ranges from {{Jerkass}} to {{PsychopathicManchild}}.PsychopathicManchild. While she finds nearly everything about his personality revolting, she keeps going back to trying to force him to be more the way she wants him to be, including using TheBabyTrap to make him more responsible, and not coincidentally more focused on ''her'' (and not necessarily their child).


* In ''Film/SpyKids 2'', Carmen had a crush on the rival bad boy spy and at one point insisted she could change him. [[CharacterDevelopment She appears to get over her crush on him at the end of the movie.]] There's still some ShipTease between the two in the third film, but by then he's spent a while away from her and appears to have cooled off in the meantime.

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* In ''Film/SpyKids 2'', ''Film/SpyKids2IslandOfLostDreams'', Carmen had a crush on the rival bad boy spy and at one point insisted she could change him. [[CharacterDevelopment She appears to get over her crush on him at the end of the movie.]] There's still some ShipTease between the two in the third film, but by then he's spent a while away from her and appears to have cooled off in the meantime.


'''Marge:''' When I first met your father, he was loud, crude, and piggish. But I worked hard on him, and now he's a whole new person.\\

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'''Marge:''' When I first met your father, he was loud, crude, and piggish. But I worked hard on him, [[BlatantLies and now he's a whole new person.person]].\\



'''Marge:''' ''He's a whole... New! Person! Lisa!''

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'''Marge:''' ''He's a whole... [[PunctuatedForEmphasis New! Person! Lisa!''Lisa!]]''

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* ''Series/JudgeJudy'' warns against this frequently with one of her famous aphorisms: "Don't ever try to teach a pig to sing. It doesn't work, and it annoys the pig."


* Subverted in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. The song 'Fixer Upper' seems to be saying this at first, but the bridge makes it clear that the song is about accepting your partner's flaws rather than trying to change them. That's actually a pretty good message for Disney.

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* Subverted in ''Disney/{{Frozen}}''. The song 'Fixer Upper' seems to be saying this at first, but the bridge makes it clear that the song is about accepting your partner's flaws rather and encouraging the better qualities they already have rather than trying to change them. That's actually a pretty good message for Disney.



* ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' has [[IncrediblyLamePun shades]] of this, though most notably in the ''Fifty Shades Darker''. Anastasia has instances where she's thinking that, if she has a 'regular' relationship with Christian, he will eventually denounce his [=BDSM=] ways and wanting nothing more than 'vanilla sex', as he called it.

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* ''Literature/FiftyShadesOfGrey'' has [[IncrediblyLamePun shades]] of this, though most notably in the ''Fifty Shades Darker''. Anastasia has instances where she's thinking that, if she has a 'regular' relationship with Christian, he will eventually denounce his [=BDSM=] ways and wanting want nothing more than 'vanilla sex', as he called it.



* Elena in regards to both of the Salvatore brothers on ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.

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* %%%* Elena in regards to both of the Salvatore brothers on ''Series/TheVampireDiaries''.

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