Follow TV Tropes

Following

History Main / KickTheMoralityPet

Go To



[[folder:Fanfiction]]

to:

[[folder:Fanfiction]][[folder:Fan Fiction]]



[[folder:Videogames]]

to:

[[folder:Videogames]][[folder:Video Games]]



[[folder:Webcomics]]

to:

[[folder:Webcomics]][[folder:Web Comics]]



[[folder:Web Originals]]

to:

[[folder:Web Originals]]Original]]



* A strange mixture of in-universe and out-of-universe examples: in ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal'', the Mob accidentally releasing [[EnsembleDarkhorse Togepi]] instead of LazerGator caused them to take stock of themselves, eventually leading to its new and distinct themes and plot.

to:

* A strange mixture of in-universe and out-of-universe examples: in ''LetsPlay/TwitchPlaysPokemonCrystal'', the Mob accidentally releasing [[EnsembleDarkhorse Togepi]] instead of LazerGator Lazer Gator caused them to take stock of themselves, eventually leading to its new and distinct themes and plot.


* Experienced at least twice by Kratos in the ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'', when he [[spoiler:murdered his wife and child]] prior to the start of the series, and when he [[spoiler:kills Athena]] while fighting [[spoiler:Zeus]] at the climax of ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII''.

to:

* Experienced at least twice by Kratos in the ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'', ''VideoGame/GodOfWar'' series, when he [[spoiler:murdered his wife and child]] prior to the start of the series, and when he [[spoiler:kills Athena]] while fighting [[spoiler:Zeus]] at the climax of ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII''.


* In ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' Edmond attacks innocent people- the family members of his nemeses- not because they've hurt him in any way in any way, but just to make his ''true'' enemies' despair that much more absolute. It's only once one of his closest friends commits suicide (because he, unbeknownst to Edmond, was in love with one of those innocents) that Edmond realizes how cruel he's become. Fortunately, there's still time to save ''most'' of his victims.

to:

* In ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' Edmond attacks innocent people- people - the family members of his nemeses- nemeses - not because they've hurt him in any way in any way, but just to make his ''true'' enemies' despair that much more absolute. It's only once one of his closest friends commits tries to commit suicide (because he, unbeknownst to Edmond, was in love with one of those innocents) that Edmond realizes how cruel he's become. Fortunately, there's still time to save ''most'' of his victims.


** And [[spoiler:Severus Snape]]'s. When he found out the information he provided would lead directly to [[spoiler:Lily Potter's death]], he switched sides. [[spoiler:It was too late to save her, however, and he had to live with the guilt. This was not the first time this happened -- back in his fifth year at Hogwarts, Snape, in a MomentOfWeakness, called Lily (his best friend at the time) a Mudblood. Their friendship, already strained from Severus surrounding himself with future Death Eaters like Lucius Malfoy, promptly dissolved after that. To this day he still considers it his absolute worst enemy, as it cost him at the very least the friendship of the woman he loved, and the day where the only path he saw left for him was the Death Eaters, all of which eventually led to Lily's death]].

to:

** And [[spoiler:Severus Snape]]'s. When he found out the information he provided would lead directly to [[spoiler:Lily Potter's death]], he switched sides. [[spoiler:It was too late to save her, however, and he had to live with the guilt. This was not the first time this happened -- back in his fifth year at Hogwarts, Snape, in a MomentOfWeakness, called Lily (his best friend at the time) a Mudblood. Their friendship, already strained from Severus surrounding himself with future Death Eaters like Lucius Malfoy, promptly dissolved after that. To this day he still considers it his absolute worst enemy, memory, as it cost him at the very least the friendship of the woman he loved, and the day where the only path he saw left for him was the Death Eaters, all of which eventually led to Lily's death]].


* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': Beerus meeting Goku is the reason why he goes from an amoral, selfish God of Destruction who will destroy anything that [[DisproportionateRetribution annoys him]], to being the overall BigGood in ''Super''. However, Beerus has no problem reminding Goku that ''he'' is a god while he is just a mortal whose power can't compete with him or any God of Destruction. The most vicious kick he gives is when he mocks Goku for trying to stop Champa from [[spoiler: killing his own team]], saying that since Champa is a god, he can do what he wants in his universe, and there is nothing Goku can do to stop it. He also seems to agree with Champa that Goku and the others are pawns to the gods.

to:

* ''Anime/DragonBallSuper'': Beerus meeting Goku is the reason why he goes from an amoral, selfish God of Destruction who will destroy anything that [[DisproportionateRetribution annoys him]], to being the overall BigGood in ''Super''. However, Beerus has no problem reminding Goku that ''he'' is a god while he is just a mortal whose power can't compete with him or any God of Destruction. The most vicious kick he gives is when he mocks Goku for trying to stop Champa from [[spoiler: killing [[spoiler:killing his own team]], saying that since Champa is a god, he can do what he wants in his universe, and there is nothing Goku can do to stop it. He also seems to agree with Champa that Goku and the others are pawns to the gods.



** Chapter 95: Roy is taking brutal revenge on [[spoiler: Envy]] when Ed, Scar, and Riza step in to stop him. Roy asks Riza what she plans to do [[spoiler: after she shoots him. The answer? ''Kill herself'' because it means she let him betray his own ideals.]] He backs down immediately.

to:

** Chapter 95: Roy is taking brutal revenge on [[spoiler: Envy]] [[spoiler:Envy]] when Ed, Scar, and Riza step in to stop him. Roy asks Riza what she plans to do [[spoiler: after [[spoiler:after she shoots him. The answer? ''Kill herself'' because it means she let him betray his own ideals.]] ideals]]. He backs down immediately.



* Happens to Agnes in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' (at least in the novels), when Saito, Louise and everyone is fleeing the country to save Tabatha who is about to meet a FateWorseThanDeath at the hands of her uncle, the King of Galia. Anies had orders to only arrest the group and no intention of harming them, but as soon as she sees her lifelong nemesis [[spoiler: Colbert]] responsible for her DoomedHometown, whom she thought was dead, she [[UnstoppableRage snaps and opens fire]]. The shock from the realization [[WhatHaveIDone she nearly killed Saito in the process]], whom she trained and considered as a friend, has her realize that [[EpiphanyTherapy even if she killed her nemesis, other people would hate her in turn, so hatred and revenge are meaningless and that someone has to take it on himself to end the hatred here and now.]] She didn't forgive him, but is at least able, now, to look at his face without feeling murderous urges, or at least without acting on them.

to:

* Happens to Agnes in ''LightNovel/TheFamiliarOfZero'' (at least in the novels), when Saito, Louise and everyone is fleeing the country to save Tabatha who is about to meet a FateWorseThanDeath at the hands of her uncle, the King of Galia. Anies had orders to only arrest the group and no intention of harming them, but as soon as she sees her lifelong nemesis [[spoiler: Colbert]] [[spoiler:Colbert]] responsible for her DoomedHometown, whom she thought was dead, she [[UnstoppableRage snaps and opens fire]]. The shock from the realization [[WhatHaveIDone she nearly killed Saito in the process]], whom she trained and considered as a friend, has her realize that [[EpiphanyTherapy even if she killed her nemesis, other people would hate her in turn, so hatred and revenge are meaningless and that someone has to take it on himself to end the hatred here and now.]] now]]. She didn't forgive him, but is at least able, now, to look at his face without feeling murderous urges, or at least without acting on them.



* In ''Anime/GunXSword'', Michael, who has become a loyal minion of the Claw meets up with his sister, Wendy, one of the heroes. Wendy ends up shooting him in the arm to try and stop him, and he starts strangling her. Then, her pet turtle bites his finger and he snaps out of it, realizes what he's doing, and saves Wendy when the lair starts to collapse. While the series implies a HeelFaceDoorSlam for Michael and his lover Fasalina, who likewise snapped out of her loyalty to the Claw [[spoiler: both appear to be crushed under rocks and averting JustAFleshwound, Wendy's shot is implied to be fatal]], supplemental materials go for RedemptionEarnsLife.
* In the ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'' manga, [[LadyOfWar Mo]][[CuteAndPsycho rte]] finished her job in a city where the beastmen were eating humans. After berating [[TheHeart Kyrie]] of doing something reckless, she blows up the entire city that they just saved for [[ForTheLulz the fun of it.]] This action [[BewareTheNiceOnes causes Kyrie to snap at her]] and he leaves the group which causes the group to split up (with [[BearsAreBadNews Toppi]] and {{N|obleDemon}}aja going with him and [[OnlySaneMan Agan]] staying with Morte.) When he comes back, he throws the gun that she gave him to defend himself on the ground telling her that he doesn't need it anymore since he's not coming back. Cue, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation she snaps]] and attacks him proving Kyrie's point why he can't stay with her. Thankfully Toppi and Naja stopped her attack.
* Happens in ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' when [[MoralityPet Gau]] throws himself in front of Raikou's attack to stop him from [[MoralEventHorizon killing his own little sister, Raimei]]. Complete with Raikou [[CradlingTheirKill cradling Gau]] and [[WhatHaveIDone crying]]. [[spoiler: They both get better.]]
* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', [[spoiler: Lucy brutally kills Kouta's sister Kanae in the middle of what's basically a mix of a psychotic breakdown and a hissy-fit of jealousy.]] While she's still murderous after that [[BreakTheCutie due to other unrelated events]], quite a bit of guilt over said incident remains in her heart.
* [[spoiler: Subverted]] in ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}''. Everyone assumes that Izaya did this to Shinra in middle school for no reason whatsoever. [[spoiler: Turns out, he told Shinra to tell [[SilentScapegoat everyone that he stabbed him]] so he can use this opportunity to ruin Nakura who even dare hurt his OnlyFriend. Naturally, it's implied that Izaya also did this so no one will find that how close he is with Shinra.]]

to:

* In ''Anime/GunXSword'', Michael, who has become a loyal minion of the Claw meets up with his sister, Wendy, one of the heroes. Wendy ends up shooting him in the arm to try and stop him, and he starts strangling her. Then, her pet turtle bites his finger and he snaps out of it, realizes what he's doing, and saves Wendy when the lair starts to collapse. While the series implies a HeelFaceDoorSlam for Michael and his lover Fasalina, who likewise snapped out of her loyalty to the Claw [[spoiler: both [[spoiler:both appear to be crushed under rocks and averting JustAFleshwound, Wendy's shot is implied to be fatal]], supplemental materials go for RedemptionEarnsLife.
* In the ''Anime/SandsOfDestruction'' manga, [[LadyOfWar Mo]][[CuteAndPsycho rte]] finished her job in a city where the beastmen were eating humans. After berating [[TheHeart Kyrie]] of doing something reckless, she blows up the entire city that they just saved for [[ForTheLulz the fun of it.]] it]]. This action [[BewareTheNiceOnes causes Kyrie to snap at her]] and he leaves the group which causes the group to split up (with [[BearsAreBadNews Toppi]] and {{N|obleDemon}}aja going with him and [[OnlySaneMan Agan]] staying with Morte.) When he comes back, he throws the gun that she gave him to defend himself on the ground telling her that he doesn't need it anymore since he's not coming back. Cue, [[GoMadFromTheRevelation she snaps]] and attacks him proving Kyrie's point why he can't stay with her. Thankfully Toppi and Naja stopped her attack.
* Happens in ''Manga/NabariNoOu'' when [[MoralityPet Gau]] throws himself in front of Raikou's attack to stop him from [[MoralEventHorizon killing his own little sister, Raimei]]. Complete with Raikou [[CradlingTheirKill cradling Gau]] and [[WhatHaveIDone crying]]. [[spoiler: They [[spoiler:They both get better.]]
better]].
* In ''Manga/ElfenLied'', [[spoiler: Lucy [[spoiler:Lucy brutally kills Kouta's sister Kanae in the middle of what's basically a mix of a psychotic breakdown and a hissy-fit of jealousy.]] jealousy]]. While she's still murderous after that [[BreakTheCutie due to other unrelated events]], quite a bit of guilt over said incident remains in her heart.
* [[spoiler: Subverted]] [[spoiler:Subverted]] in ''{{LightNovel/Durarara}}''. Everyone assumes that Izaya did this to Shinra in middle school for no reason whatsoever. [[spoiler: Turns [[spoiler:Turns out, he told Shinra to tell [[SilentScapegoat everyone that he stabbed him]] so he can use this opportunity to ruin Nakura who even dare hurt his OnlyFriend. Naturally, it's implied that Izaya also did this so no one will find that how close he is with Shinra.]]Shinra]].



* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler: [[AntiVillain Reiner]] uses the massive strength of his Titan form to begin hurling Titans at the escaping soldiers and nearly kills several of his [[MoralityPet former friends]] in the process]]. It's used to illustrate just how far over the DespairEventHorizon he's gone and reaffirming his claims that IveComeTooFar. Armin even responds in shock, wondering aloud whether he even ''cares'' anymore about the danger of [[LivingMacGuffin Eren]] being devoured by Titans. Hange later theorizes that killing Eren was his actual goal in doing this, having given up on simply kidnapping him.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Kaneki's six-month RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Aogiri Tree comes to a halt when he [[spoiler: manifests his Kakuja form for the first time and ends up impaling [[TheLancer Banjou]] with his hand]]. After being given a CoolDownHug, he realizes just how far gone he really is and begins a period of soul-searching. This leads him to decide to disband his group, and return to Anteiku so that he can attempt to make amends for his actions.

to:

* In ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', [[spoiler: [[AntiVillain [[spoiler:[[AntiVillain Reiner]] uses the massive strength of his Titan form to begin hurling Titans at the escaping soldiers and nearly kills several of his [[MoralityPet former friends]] in the process]]. It's used to illustrate just how far over the DespairEventHorizon he's gone and reaffirming his claims that IveComeTooFar. Armin even responds in shock, wondering aloud whether he even ''cares'' anymore about the danger of [[LivingMacGuffin Eren]] being devoured by Titans. Hange later theorizes that killing Eren was his actual goal in doing this, having given up on simply kidnapping him.
* In ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', Kaneki's six-month RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Aogiri Tree comes to a halt when he [[spoiler: manifests [[spoiler:manifests his Kakuja form for the first time and ends up impaling [[TheLancer Banjou]] with his hand]]. After being given a CoolDownHug, he realizes just how far gone he really is and begins a period of soul-searching. This leads him to decide to disband his group, and return to Anteiku so that he can attempt to make amends for his actions.



* In the ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'' anime, when [[spoiler: Satoshi grossly misunderstands Namura's reasons to keep rejecting Meiko's love and beats him up]], he ends up [[spoiler: punching Meiko when she tries to stop him.]]

to:

* In the ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'' anime, when [[spoiler: Satoshi [[spoiler:Satoshi grossly misunderstands Namura's reasons to keep rejecting Meiko's love and beats him up]], he ends up [[spoiler: punching [[spoiler:punching Meiko when she tries to stop him.]] him]].



[[folder:Comicbooks]]
* In ''[[ComicBook/SecretSix Villains United]]'', Cheshire was blackmailed into joining the Secret Six with threats that a bomb was implanted in the back of her daughter's head. By the end of the miniseries Cheshire conceived a replacement child via seducing Catman. Neither Lian or her father Roy ever learned about this, which allowed Cheshire to continue her emotional manipulation of Roy long after Lian's death.

to:

[[folder:Comicbooks]]
[[folder:Comic Books]]
* In ''[[ComicBook/SecretSix Villains United]]'', Cheshire was blackmailed into joining the Secret Six with threats that a bomb was implanted in the back of her daughter's head. By the end of the miniseries mini-series, Cheshire conceived a replacement child via seducing Catman. Neither Lian or her father Roy ever learned about this, which allowed Cheshire to continue her emotional manipulation of Roy long after Lian's death.



* In the Pokemon fanfic Fanfic/TravelsOfTheTrifecta, Paul does this twice, to both Reggie and Conway, and both times only realizes his mistake later on. With Reggie, it occurs in the first chapter, when Paul threatens to disown him if he loses to Brandon, which then starts the chain of events that leads to Reggie getting struck by lightning. [[spoiler: With Conway, Paul abandons him after they get attacked by Team Galactic because Paul thinks that Conway is a traitor for "letting" Mars molest him, and stays angry at Conway until Reggie talks to him about it and Paul realizes that he shouldn't have abandoned Conway like that.]]
* In ''Fanfic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'', [[NotQuiteDead Precia Testerossa]] finally succeeds in reviving her IllGirl daughter Alicia. Initially, Precia seems to revert back to the caring mother she once was, but Alicia eventually begins to notice signs of her mother's SanitySlippage. It comes to a head when Alicia calls her out on [[spoiler:her abusive treatment of Fate]], and Precia loses her temper and hits her with a lightning spell. [[spoiler:Fate responds by ventilating Precia's innards.]]

to:

* In the Pokemon fanfic Fanfic/TravelsOfTheTrifecta, Paul does this twice, to both Reggie and Conway, and both times only realizes his mistake later on. With Reggie, it occurs in the first chapter, when Paul threatens to disown him if he loses to Brandon, which then starts the chain of events that leads to Reggie getting struck by lightning. [[spoiler: With [[spoiler:With Conway, Paul abandons him after they get attacked by Team Galactic because Paul thinks that Conway is a traitor for "letting" Mars molest him, and stays angry at Conway until Reggie talks to him about it and Paul realizes that he shouldn't have abandoned Conway like that.]]
that]].
* In ''Fanfic/WhiteDevilOfTheMoon'', [[NotQuiteDead Precia Testerossa]] finally succeeds in reviving her IllGirl daughter Alicia. Initially, Precia seems to revert back to the caring mother she once was, but Alicia eventually begins to notice signs of her mother's SanitySlippage. It comes to a head when Alicia calls her out on [[spoiler:her abusive treatment of Fate]], and Precia loses her temper and hits her with a lightning spell. [[spoiler:Fate responds by ventilating Precia's innards.]]innards]].



* Just like in the Animated Series, ''Film/SpiderMan3'' has Peter Parker turn into a douchenozzle thanks to the alien symbiote turning him aggressive. He eventually goes on a date with Gwen Stacy (after getting dumped by Mary Jane), walks into the bar MJ is working at and proceeds to enter a song and dance meant to humiliate her. Finally the bouncer gets fed up and tries to throw him out. Peter easily deflects him, but also instinctively knocks MJ down when she tries to grab him. Peter suddenly realizes the symbiote is controlling him and tries to get rid of it.
* Parodied in both ''Film/AceVentura'' and ''Film/TheNakedGun'': The protagonist is trying to convince the others that the ReasonableAuthorityFigure is actually a villain in disguise and CrossesTheLineTwice while trying to prove it. [[spoiler: In the case of Ace Ventura, he's actually ''right''.]]

to:

* Just like in the Animated Series, ''Film/SpiderMan3'' has Peter Parker turn into a douchenozzle thanks to the alien symbiote turning him aggressive. He eventually goes on a date with Gwen Stacy (after getting dumped by Mary Jane), walks into the bar MJ is working at and proceeds to enter a song and dance meant to humiliate her. Finally Finally, the bouncer gets fed up and tries to throw him out. Peter easily deflects him, but also instinctively knocks MJ down when she tries to grab him. Peter suddenly realizes the symbiote is controlling him and tries to get rid of it.
* Parodied in both ''Film/AceVentura'' and ''Film/TheNakedGun'': The protagonist is trying to convince the others that the ReasonableAuthorityFigure is actually a villain in disguise and CrossesTheLineTwice while trying to prove it. [[spoiler: In [[spoiler:In the case of Ace Ventura, he's actually ''right''.]]''right'']].



* At the end of ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Anakin Skywalker [[spoiler:force chokes Padmé Amidala nearly to death when she tries to convince him what he's doing is evil. Unfortunately, the incident doesn't prompt him to stop, instead he just blames Obi-Wan Kenobi for turning her against him.]]
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' includes a dramatic confrontation where [[spoiler:Magneto is deflecting bullets from Moira [=MacTaggert=] trying to stop him from destroying the US and Soviet fleets. One of the bullets flies off and hits Charles in the spine. For a moment, there's a look of pure horror and guilt on Erik's face, then he decides it was Moira's fault. Xavier vocally disagrees and talks him down by playing on the other man's guilt.]]

to:

* At the end of ''Franchise/StarWars Episode III: Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Anakin Skywalker [[spoiler:force chokes Padmé Amidala nearly to death when she tries to convince him what he's doing is evil. Unfortunately, the incident doesn't prompt him to stop, instead instead, he just blames Obi-Wan Kenobi for turning her against him.]]
him]].
* ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' includes a dramatic confrontation where [[spoiler:Magneto is deflecting bullets from Moira [=MacTaggert=] trying to stop him from destroying the US and Soviet fleets. One of the bullets flies off and hits Charles in the spine. For a moment, there's a look of pure horror and guilt on Erik's face, then he decides it was Moira's fault. Xavier vocally disagrees and talks him down by playing on the other man's guilt.]]guilt]].



* This is [[spoiler:Albus Dumbledore]]'s backstory in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. He was dangerously close to joining with [[BigBad Grindelwald]] and his vision for the world when his sister Ariana was accidentally killed during an argument [[spoiler: between him Gellert and Aberforth after Gellert tortured Aberforth for standing in the way and Albus ran to his defense. At that point he came to his senses and instead became the BigGood that he is known as.]]
** Also the story for [[spoiler: Regulus Black]]. He was a loyal Voldemort supporter, proud to offer the use of his beloved House Elf...until he finds out that [[spoiler: Voldemort wanted the elf to test the defenses around his horcrux, which involved the elf being horribly tortured and left to die]]. After he found out about that, [[spoiler: along with deducing Voldemort's use of Horcruxes]] he gave his life to try to bring Voldemort down.
** And [[spoiler: Severus Snape]]'s. When he found out the information he provided would lead directly to [[spoiler: Lily Potter's death]], he switched sides. [[spoiler: It was too late to save her, however, and he had to live with the guilt. This was not the first time this happened -- back in his fifth year at Hogwarts, Snape, in a MomentOfWeakness, called Lily (his best friend at the time) a mudblood. Their friendship, already strained from Severus surrounding himself with future Death Eaters like Lucius Malfoy, promptly dissolved after that. To this day he still considers it his absolute worst enemy, as it cost him at the very least the friendship of the woman he loved, and the day where the only path he saw left for him was the Death Eaters, all of which eventually led to Lily's death.]]
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', an ancestor of the protagonist killed a dragon. (Dragons are sentient in that setting, and it was his duty to ''protect'' them). He was called out on this by his slave Oreg, whom he had whipped so severe that it would have killed a mortal. (Oreg is immortal and cannot act against orders, the worst form of slavery. AWizardDidIt.) [[spoiler: To make things worse, this ancestor is the same one whom the protagonist admires and tries to imitate, as he only knows about his better sides, such as establishing an anti-slavery law.]]
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Jean Valjean steals from a little boy from force of habit after the bishop pardons him. While the child wasn't someone he knew, how monstrous the act was, especially since it came immediately after the bishop had pardoned him, was what prompted his HeelRealization and finalized his transformation into a Messiah.
* In ''Literature/{{Gone}}'', [[BigBad Caine's]] love/obsession for [[DarkChick Diana]] was his one redeeming quality. But, in book four, [[spoiler: [[JerkAss he lies to her, uses her for sex, and brags about this to]] ''[[JerkAss the entire town]]'']]. [[JerkassDissonance This upset the fangirls more than when he sicced coyotes on preschoolers.]]
** This becomes subverted in ''LIGHT'', when he [[spoiler: abdicates the throne to rescue her, apologises to her, saves her from a life in prison and dies defending her.]]
* Nathaniel is much more innocent at the start of ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', but a CynicismCatalyst in a world of BlackAndGrayMorality soon leads him to leave that behind. By the third book he is NotSoDifferent from the original villain. It's only when [[spoiler: Kitty Jones]] is injured that he starts to [[HeelRealization see the implications of his actions]].

to:

* This is [[spoiler:Albus Dumbledore]]'s backstory in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows''. He was dangerously close to joining with [[BigBad Grindelwald]] and his vision for the world when his sister Ariana was accidentally killed during an argument [[spoiler: between [[spoiler:between him Gellert and Aberforth after Gellert tortured Aberforth for standing in the way and Albus ran to his defense. At that point point, he came to his senses and instead became the BigGood that he is known as.]]
as]].
** Also the story for [[spoiler: Regulus [[spoiler:Regulus Black]]. He was a loyal Voldemort supporter, proud to offer the use of his beloved House Elf...until he finds out that [[spoiler: Voldemort [[spoiler:Voldemort wanted the elf to test the defenses around his horcrux, which involved the elf being horribly tortured and left to die]]. After he found out about that, [[spoiler: along [[spoiler:along with deducing Voldemort's use of Horcruxes]] he gave his life to try to bring Voldemort down.
** And [[spoiler: Severus [[spoiler:Severus Snape]]'s. When he found out the information he provided would lead directly to [[spoiler: Lily [[spoiler:Lily Potter's death]], he switched sides. [[spoiler: It [[spoiler:It was too late to save her, however, and he had to live with the guilt. This was not the first time this happened -- back in his fifth year at Hogwarts, Snape, in a MomentOfWeakness, called Lily (his best friend at the time) a mudblood.Mudblood. Their friendship, already strained from Severus surrounding himself with future Death Eaters like Lucius Malfoy, promptly dissolved after that. To this day he still considers it his absolute worst enemy, as it cost him at the very least the friendship of the woman he loved, and the day where the only path he saw left for him was the Death Eaters, all of which eventually led to Lily's death.]]
death]].
* In ''Literature/DragonBones'', an ancestor of the protagonist killed a dragon. (Dragons are sentient in that setting, and it was his duty to ''protect'' them). He was called out on this by his slave Oreg, whom he had whipped so severe that it would have killed a mortal. (Oreg is immortal and cannot act against orders, the worst form of slavery. AWizardDidIt.) [[spoiler: To [[spoiler:To make things worse, this ancestor is the same one whom the protagonist admires and tries to imitate, as he only knows about his better sides, such as establishing an anti-slavery law.]]
law]].
* In ''Literature/LesMiserables'', Jean Valjean steals from a little boy from the force of habit after the bishop pardons him. While the child wasn't someone he knew, how monstrous the act was, especially since it came immediately after the bishop had pardoned him, was what prompted his HeelRealization and finalized his transformation into a Messiah.
* In ''Literature/{{Gone}}'', [[BigBad Caine's]] love/obsession for [[DarkChick Diana]] was his one redeeming quality. But, in book four, [[spoiler: [[JerkAss [[spoiler:[[JerkAss he lies to her, uses her for sex, and brags about this to]] ''[[JerkAss the entire town]]'']]. [[JerkassDissonance This upset the fangirls more than when he sicced coyotes on preschoolers.]]
preschoolers]].
** This becomes subverted in ''LIGHT'', when he [[spoiler: abdicates [[spoiler:abdicates the throne to rescue her, apologises apologizes to her, saves her from a life in prison and dies defending her.]]
her]].
* Nathaniel is much more innocent at the start of ''Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', but a CynicismCatalyst in a world of BlackAndGrayMorality soon leads him to leave that behind. By the third book he is NotSoDifferent from the original villain. It's only when [[spoiler: Kitty [[spoiler:Kitty Jones]] is injured that he starts to [[HeelRealization see the implications of his actions]].



* Whilst elsewhere in the [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffyverse]], Willow's downward spiral of magic addiction is brought to a halt when she crashes her car [[BreakTheCutie with Dawn in the passenger seat]] while under the influence[[note]]of magic[[/note]]. Her manipulative friend Amy, who has been encouraging her magic abuse, is hurt by Willow's decision to quit magic [[spoiler: and eventually becomes a BigBad in the Season 8 comics.]]

to:

* Whilst elsewhere in the [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffyverse]], Willow's downward spiral of magic addiction is brought to a halt when she crashes her car [[BreakTheCutie with Dawn in the passenger seat]] while under the influence[[note]]of magic[[/note]]. Her manipulative friend Amy, who has been encouraging her magic abuse, is hurt by Willow's decision to quit magic [[spoiler: and [[spoiler:and eventually becomes a BigBad in the Season 8 comics.]]comics]].



** On his return to King's Landing, Jaime goes so far low as to to force himself on Cersei, when they are right next to their son's corpse in the sept.

to:

** On his return to King's Landing, Jaime goes so far low as to to force himself on Cersei, when they are right next to their son's corpse in the sept.



* In the YearInsideHourOutside series finale of ''Series/StargateSG1'', Daniel, having gotten fed up with what he thinks are Vala's intentionally shallow attempts at flirting and seducing him, lashes out with a nearly minute-long rant about her shortcomings that reduces Vala, who actually ''is'' genuinely attracted to him, to tears. It's especially shocking coming from '''Daniel''' of all people, but a close listen as his rant goes on reveals that he shifts from disparaging her actions to voicing his own insecurities and hesitancy about them having a relationship. And when a disturbed Daniel realizes both this and how badly he's hurt her, he quickly lets Vala know that he ''does'' return her feelings. They then decide to see if they can sustain a relationship, and [[SexyDiscretionShot you can guess what happens next]]. And considering that except for [[spoiler: [[WordOfGod Vala's having a miscarriage]] ]], they [[NobodyThinksItWillWork spend the next fifty years together with no problems]] before Sam [[ResetButton reverses time]], apparently they work out any remaining issues.

to:

* In the YearInsideHourOutside series finale of ''Series/StargateSG1'', Daniel, having gotten fed up with what he thinks are Vala's intentionally shallow attempts at flirting and seducing him, lashes out with a nearly minute-long rant about her shortcomings that reduces Vala, who actually ''is'' genuinely attracted to him, to tears. It's especially shocking coming from '''Daniel''' of all people, but a close listen as his rant goes on reveals that he shifts from disparaging her actions to voicing his own insecurities and hesitancy about them having a relationship. And when a disturbed Daniel realizes both this and how badly he's hurt her, he quickly lets Vala know that he ''does'' return her feelings. They then decide to see if they can sustain a relationship, and [[SexyDiscretionShot you can guess what happens next]]. And considering that except for [[spoiler: [[WordOfGod [[spoiler:[[WordOfGod Vala's having a miscarriage]] ]], miscarriage]]]], they [[NobodyThinksItWillWork spend the next fifty years together with no problems]] before Sam [[ResetButton reverses time]], apparently they work out any remaining issues.



* This is key to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Series 9 finale "Hell Bent", in which the Doctor temporarily becomes a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds in the wake of [[spoiler: Clara Oswald's death, which leaves him without a Morality Chain]] and then solitary imprisonment and torture by his enemies. In hopes of [[spoiler: saving Clara's life]], he risks destroying the entire universe by creating a RealityBreakingParadox, and most of those trying to stop him have NoSympathy for what he went through so it would seem no one can bring him around; the one exception is [[spoiler: Clara herself]] but since that's the whole reason he's going to extremes...But then he [[spoiler: tries to erase her memories of him with the intent of returning her to Earth]]. The objection to this is enough to make him realize he's invoked this trope and he returns to his best self, even accepting [[spoiler: Mind Rape]] to excise the emotional cancer that made him so selfish.

to:

* This is key to the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Series 9 finale "Hell Bent", in which the Doctor temporarily becomes a WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds in the wake of [[spoiler: Clara [[spoiler:Clara Oswald's death, which leaves him without a Morality Chain]] and then solitary imprisonment and torture by his enemies. In hopes of [[spoiler: saving [[spoiler:saving Clara's life]], he risks destroying the entire universe by creating a RealityBreakingParadox, and most of those trying to stop him have NoSympathy for what he went through so it would seem no one can bring him around; the one exception is [[spoiler: Clara [[spoiler:Clara herself]] but since that's the whole reason he's going to extremes...extremes... But then he [[spoiler: tries [[spoiler:tries to erase her memories of him with the intent of returning her to Earth]]. The objection to this is enough to make him realize he's invoked this trope and he returns to his best self, even accepting [[spoiler: Mind [[spoiler:Mind Rape]] to excise the emotional cancer that made him so selfish.



* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'': In the "bad" ending, Emil [[spoiler: fakes his SuperpoweredEvilSide like he does on the other endings]], but this time goes too far in his fight with [[RogueProtagonist Lloyd]] and [[LoveInterest Marta]], and wins the fight, [[spoiler: killing Marta]]. Raine rushes over to heal Marta. Emil promptly admits it was all an act, and in an act to redeem himself, [[spoiler: he [[RedemptionEqualsDeath kills]] [[MurderSuicide himself]]. [[NonStandardGameOver Oops]].]]
* Experienced at least twice by Kratos in the ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'', when he [[spoiler: murdered his wife and child]] prior to the start of the series, and when he [[spoiler: kills Athena]] while fighting [[spoiler: Zeus]] at the climax of ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII''.
* In ''VideoGame/JediKnightMysteriesOfTheSith'', this trope is invoked in [[spoiler: the final duel of the game]]. As Mara Jade, you must holster your lightsaber and stop attacking [[spoiler:Kyle]] in order to force him to have to kill you unarmed if he wants to reach his goal, thus snapping him out of it.

to:

* ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphoniaDawnOfTheNewWorld'': In the "bad" ending, Emil [[spoiler: fakes [[spoiler:fakes his SuperpoweredEvilSide like he does on the other endings]], but this time goes too far in his fight with [[RogueProtagonist Lloyd]] and [[LoveInterest Marta]], and wins the fight, [[spoiler: killing [[spoiler:killing Marta]]. Raine rushes over to heal Marta. Emil promptly admits it was all an act, and in an act to redeem himself, [[spoiler: he [[spoiler:he [[RedemptionEqualsDeath kills]] [[MurderSuicide himself]]. [[NonStandardGameOver Oops]].]]
Oops]]]].
* Experienced at least twice by Kratos in the ''VideoGame/GodOfWarSeries'', when he [[spoiler: murdered [[spoiler:murdered his wife and child]] prior to the start of the series, and when he [[spoiler: kills [[spoiler:kills Athena]] while fighting [[spoiler: Zeus]] [[spoiler:Zeus]] at the climax of ''VideoGame/GodOfWarII''.
* In ''VideoGame/JediKnightMysteriesOfTheSith'', this trope is invoked in [[spoiler: the [[spoiler:the final duel of the game]]. As Mara Jade, you must holster your lightsaber and stop attacking [[spoiler:Kyle]] in order to force him to have to kill you unarmed if he wants to reach his goal, thus snapping him out of it.



* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia]]'' has [[spoiler: Prince Berkut sacrificing his girlfriend Rinea, aka [[MoralityPet THE person he cares for]], to [[BigBad Duma]] as a part of a DealWithTheDevil after Alm beats his pride into the mud and he learns that he was never going to inherit the Rigelian throne.]]

to:

* ''[[VideoGame/FireEmblemGaiden Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia]]'' has [[spoiler: Prince [[spoiler:Prince Berkut sacrificing his girlfriend Rinea, aka [[MoralityPet THE person he cares for]], to [[BigBad Duma]] as a part of a DealWithTheDevil after Alm beats his pride into the mud and he learns that he was never going to inherit the Rigelian throne.]]throne]].



* In the ''Secretary'' arc in ''Webcomic/NatureOfNaturesArt'', [[spoiler: XZ "breaks up" with SV by quitting the college, and he goes into an UnstoppableRage and kills her. Whether he did a HeelFaceTurn before he also died is up for debate.]]

to:

* In the ''Secretary'' arc in ''Webcomic/NatureOfNaturesArt'', [[spoiler: XZ [[spoiler:XZ "breaks up" with SV by quitting the college, and he goes into an UnstoppableRage and kills her. Whether he did a HeelFaceTurn before he also died is up for debate.]]debate]].



* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', an upgraded Prowl beats (clone) Starscream. Unfortunately there's a lot of collateral damage - including a torn down tree and broken bird eggs that he earlier made an effort to protect. Seeing these, Prowl realizes what a total asshole he's being.

to:

* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated'', an upgraded Prowl beats (clone) Starscream. Unfortunately Unfortunately, there's a lot of collateral damage - including a torn down tree and broken bird eggs that he earlier made an effort to protect. Seeing these, Prowl realizes what a total asshole he's being.



-->"[[ReasonYouSuckSpeech You are a jerk. You always have been.]] [[JerkassWoobie People try being nice to you, but you don't care;]] [[ItsAllAboutMe you are too busy being sorry for yourself.]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Discord has always had an utter disregard for the feelings of anyone else, and doesn't get snapped out of it until [[spoiler: Fluttershy basically makes herself his MoralityPet by actually treating him as a friend. It's not until he realizes that his antics are driving her away that he finally grows some empathy.]]
** [[spoiler:He did it again in the Season 4 finale, when he betrays Fluttershy to join Lord Tirek. Then he realizes how betrayed Fluttershy feels. This one has lasting ramifications, as Discord feels [[MyGreatestFailure so guilty about it]] that the prospect of making Fluttershy cry again is enough to plunge him into a HeroicBSOD.]]

to:

-->"[[ReasonYouSuckSpeech You are a jerk. You always have been.]] been]]. [[JerkassWoobie People try being nice to you, but you don't care;]] care]]; [[ItsAllAboutMe you are too busy being sorry for yourself.]]"
yourself]]."
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': Discord has always had an utter disregard for the feelings of anyone else, and doesn't get snapped out of it until [[spoiler: Fluttershy [[spoiler:Fluttershy basically makes herself his MoralityPet by actually treating him as a friend. It's not until he realizes that his antics are driving her away that he finally grows some empathy.]]
empathy]].
** [[spoiler:He did it again in the Season 4 finale, when he betrays Fluttershy to join Lord Tirek. Then he realizes how betrayed Fluttershy feels. This one has lasting ramifications, as Discord feels [[MyGreatestFailure so guilty about it]] that the prospect of making Fluttershy cry again is enough to plunge him into a HeroicBSOD.]]HeroicBSOD]].

Added DiffLines:

*''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxyVol2'': Ego the Living Planet genuinely fell in love with Meredith Quill but knew that staying with her would jeopardize his life-long goal to assimilate all life in the universe. So he deliberately planted a brain tumor in her head that would eventually kill her, cutting off his one tie to Earth. Revealing this to their son turns out to be a bad idea as it instantly turns [[MommasBoy Peter]] against him.


* ''VideoGame/KingdomHeartsBirthBySleep'' has Terra experience this after [[spoiler: nearly killing Master Eraqus]] while trying to protect [[spoiler:Ven]]. Not at all helped by [[spoiler: Master Xehanort finishing off the weakened]] Master Eraqus, who was also in the midst of a HeroicBSOD for [[spoiler: raising his Keyblade against his students.]]


-->"[[ReasonYouSuckSpeech You are a jerk. You have always been.]] [[JerkassWoobie People try being nice to you, but you don't care;]] [[ItsAllAboutMe you are too busy being sorry for yourself.]]"

to:

-->"[[ReasonYouSuckSpeech You are a jerk. You have always have been.]] [[JerkassWoobie People try being nice to you, but you don't care;]] [[ItsAllAboutMe you are too busy being sorry for yourself.]]"



** [[spoiler:He did it again in the Season 4 finale, when he betrays Fluttershy to join Lord Tirek. Then he realizes how betrayed Fluttershy feels.]]

to:

** [[spoiler:He did it again in the Season 4 finale, when he betrays Fluttershy to join Lord Tirek. Then he realizes how betrayed Fluttershy feels. This one has lasting ramifications, as Discord feels [[MyGreatestFailure so guilty about it]] that the prospect of making Fluttershy cry again is enough to plunge him into a HeroicBSOD.]]


* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', this is an unfortunate result of [[spoiler:[[ByronicHero Maho]]]] adopting a JerkassFacade toward [[spoiler:her younger sister Miho, doing everything that is expected of her as heiress so that Miho can live her life her own way]]. When [[spoiler:Miho confronts her about shooting an enemy flag tank that was trying to save her own team, Maho]] coldly dismisses her, leaving her in tears. When [[spoiler:Miho]] [[OutOfCharacterIsSeriousBusiness against her typical nature]], [[spoiler:confronts her mother to ask her the same question, Maho]] realizes how much she has upset [[spoiler:Miho]] and apologizes.

to:

* In ''Anime/GirlsUndPanzer'', this is an unfortunate result of [[spoiler:[[ByronicHero Maho]]]] adopting a JerkassFacade jerk attitude toward [[spoiler:her younger sister Miho, doing everything that is expected of her as heiress so that Miho can live her life her own way]]. When [[spoiler:Miho confronts her about shooting an enemy flag tank that was trying to save her own team, Maho]] coldly dismisses her, leaving her in tears. When [[spoiler:Miho]] [[OutOfCharacterIsSeriousBusiness against her typical nature]], [[spoiler:confronts her mother to ask her the same question, Maho]] realizes how much she has upset [[spoiler:Miho]] and apologizes.


** Except in that [[LostInImitation long forgotten original comic storyline]], where the suit ''didn't'' turn him evil at all ever, it just kept him up nights to act out more [[InHarmsWay thrilling heroics]]: The Animated Series was actually the origin of the idea that the symbiote itself pushed its wearer to evil. The evil only ''started'' when the symbiote got dumped and [[PsychoExGirlfriend reacted poorly]]. A RetCon was done later, indicating it made him aggressive. Other adaptations followed suit.


* In the ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'' anume, when [[spoiler: Satoshi grossly misunderstands Namura's reasons to keep rejecting Meiko's love and beats him up]], he ends up [[spoiler: punching Meiko when she tries to stop him.]]

to:

* In the ''Manga/MarmaladeBoy'' anume, anime, when [[spoiler: Satoshi grossly misunderstands Namura's reasons to keep rejecting Meiko's love and beats him up]], he ends up [[spoiler: punching Meiko when she tries to stop him.]]


* Post her FaceHeelTurn, Angela from ''Series/MrRobot'' spent the majority of the third season knowingly exploiting her closest friend Elliot's mental illness to complete Stage 2 and later went as far as to [[{Hypocrite}} verbally abusing him]] when the latter confronted her for her treachery.

to:

* Post her FaceHeelTurn, Angela from ''Series/MrRobot'' spent the majority of the third season knowingly exploiting her closest friend Elliot's mental illness to complete Stage 2 and later went as far as to [[{Hypocrite}} [[{{Hypocrite}} verbally abusing him]] when the latter confronted her for her treachery.

Added DiffLines:

* Post her FaceHeelTurn, Angela from ''Series/MrRobot'' spent the majority of the third season knowingly exploiting her closest friend Elliot's mental illness to complete Stage 2 and later went as far as to [[{Hypocrite}} verbally abusing him]] when the latter confronted her for her treachery.

Showing 15 edit(s) of 188

Top

How well does it match the trope?

Example of:

/

Media sources:

/

Report