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** The hero Harry Dresden has done some dark things in his life. At the age of 16, he killed his adoptive father and mentor in magic after the man tried to brainwash Harry and sent a powerful demon after Harry. Since then, he has been fighting the darker urges of his nature, embracing the darker side of magic. One person who helps him stay off that path is Michael Carpenter, a genuine paladin. Michael is the one Harry will go to if he feels he is in a moral quandary and cannot find an out. In the fifteenth book ''Peace Talks'' Michael shakes Harry from his self-imposed guilt trip over failing so many people by calling him out for being an arrogant and prideful man who sets his standards for goodness so high Harry fails to reach them. This moment and later when Michael calls Harry a good man is enough to lift his spirits.

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** The hero Harry Dresden has done some dark things in his life. At the age of 16, he killed his adoptive father and mentor in magic after the man tried to brainwash Harry and sent a powerful demon after Harry. Since then, he has been fighting the darker urges of his nature, embracing the darker side of magic. One person who helps him stay off that path is Michael Carpenter, a genuine paladin. Michael is the one Harry will go to if he feels he is in a moral quandary and cannot find an out. In the fifteenth book ''Peace Talks'' ''Skin Game'' Michael shakes Harry from his self-imposed guilt trip over failing so many people by calling him out for being an arrogant and prideful man who sets his standards for goodness so high Harry fails to reach them. This moment and later when Michael calls Harry a good man is enough to lift his spirits.


* In VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition fanfic ''FanFic/WalkingInCircles'', Evelyn is this to Solas. Due to his past, he tends to act rather selfish and arrogant at times but with Evelyn's influence and her constantly [[WhatTheHellHero calling him out]], along with his love for her, his behaviours have changed quite a bit that there're occasions where he helps other people not because it benefits him but because 'it's something she'd do'. Of course, sometimes it takes more than just her words to reach him, namely after Wisdom's death, it's only when Solas realizes that his actions during his wraith has hurt and made Evelyn fears him that he snaps out of it.

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* In VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition the ''VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition'' fanfic ''FanFic/WalkingInCircles'', Evelyn is this to Solas. Due to his past, he tends to act be rather selfish and arrogant at times times; but with Evelyn's influence and her constantly [[WhatTheHellHero calling him out]], along with his love for her, his behaviours have behaviour has changed quite a bit that there're occasions where bit. Eventually, he helps other people will help others not because it benefits him just for his own benefit, but because 'it's it's something she'd do'. Of course, sometimes it takes more than just her words to reach him, namely after Wisdom's death, it's only when ''she'' would do. After [[spoiler:Wisdom's death]], Solas becomes so consumed by his rage that he doesn't snap out of his state until he realizes that his actions during his wraith has have hurt and made Evelyn fears him that he snaps out of it. and caused her to fear him.



** In a reverse, Michael also sees Harry like this. Harry will do the darker path if it means pursuing a greater good. He will take burdens upon his shoulders Michael is thankful to God he never has to bear. In the short story "The Warrior" Michael is about to strike down in his hatred a man who [[spoiler:tried to kill Harry, kidnapped Michael's daughter and strapped a bomb to her, in order to get two Holy Swords Michael and another paladin left in Harry's care, both believing it is God's Will they rest there. The man, a priest, believes they were deceived and God wants him to do these things to get the Swords back]]. Harry calls Michael out, saying Michael cannot kill him like that. If he has to be killed, Harry will do it, but Michael cannot be the one to strike him. This is enough to calm Michael down and shows the man mercy instead of wrath.

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** In a reverse, Michael also sees Harry like this. Harry will do the darker path if it means pursuing a greater good. He will take burdens upon his shoulders Michael is thankful to God he never has to bear. In the short story "The Warrior" Warrior," Michael is about to strike down in his hatred a man who [[spoiler:tried to kill Harry, kidnapped Michael's daughter and strapped a bomb to her, in order to get two Holy Swords Michael and another paladin left in Harry's care, both believing it is God's Will they rest there. The man, a priest, believes they were deceived and God wants him to do these things to get the Swords back]]. Harry calls Michael out, saying Michael cannot kill him like that. If he has to be killed, Harry will do it, but Michael cannot be the one to strike him. This is enough to calm Michael down and shows the man mercy instead of wrath.

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* David Blaine is this for Criss Angel in ''Podcast/InterstitialActualPlay''. In his backstory during his time as Yen Sid's student, [[spoiler: Criss sought out Darkness to become stronger and David tried to save him. Criss banished him, so now David exists inside Criss' heart as the voice that keeps him in the Light.]].
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-->-- '''[[PreacherMan The Deacon]]''', ''Series/TheWire'' Season 4.

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-->-- '''[[PreacherMan The Deacon]]''', ''Series/TheWire'' Season 4.
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* {{Franchise/TheFlash}}: Barry Allen, the second Flash, is this for the DCU and more specifically for Wally. He was called "Saint" for a while when he was dead, that means something, huh?

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* {{Franchise/TheFlash}}: {{Franchise/The Flash}}: Barry Allen, the second Flash, is this for the DCU and more specifically for Wally. He was called "Saint" for a while when he was dead, that means something, huh?


* {{Franchise/Flash}}: Barry Allen, the second Flash, is this for the DCU and more specifically for Wally. He was called "Saint" for a while when he was dead, that means something, huh?

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* {{Franchise/Flash}}: {{Franchise/TheFlash}}: Barry Allen, the second Flash, is this for the DCU and more specifically for Wally. He was called "Saint" for a while when he was dead, that means something, huh?

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*{{Franchise/Flash}}: Barry Allen, the second Flash, is this for the DCU and more specifically for Wally. He was called "Saint" for a while when he was dead, that means something, huh?


[[caption-width-right:350:[[PinocchioNose The nose]] knows, and so does the [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals cricket]].]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[PinocchioNose The nose]] knows, and so does the [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals [[PettingZooPeople cricket]].]]


[[caption-width-right:350:[[PinocchioNose The nose]] knows.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:[[PinocchioNose The nose]] knows.knows, and so does the [[WorldOfFunnyAnimals cricket]].]]


%%* Non-Kira [[Manga/DeathNote Light]], in a stark reversal, serves this function for L.


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* ''Manga/DeathNote'' features a stark reversal of this trope. Light Yagami is the VillainProtagonist, but when he temporarily surrenders his memories of being [[SerialKiller Kira]] as part of an EvilPlan, he serves this function for HeroAntagonist L, who is willing to torture and imprison anyone he suspects of being connected to Kira.

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** To a lesser extent, the gargoyles serve as this for Quasimodo, twice being the catalyst to spur him into action after a HeroicBSOD.

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** Barristan is Dany's voice of reason and essentially her mentor, guiding her to fair decisions and regaling her with fond stories of her family.


* ''Series/HomeImprovement'': Wilson.

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* %%* ''Series/HomeImprovement'': Wilson.



* ''Series/OnceUponATime'': Jiminy Cricket[=/=]Dr. Hopper.

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* ''{{Series/Lucifer}}'': In the second episode of the series, Detective Chloe Decker plays this role when she and Lucifer (playing TheCorrupter) are talking to a man whose protege has turned evil, and said protege just tried to kill the man. Lucifer's bodyguard/bartender/servant handed the two guns only unknown to any but her, the protege's was unloaded. In a twist, [[spoiler:while the man does fire his gun at the protege, Chloe's words about being able to change influence Lucifer to the point he saves the protege so the Detective can arrest him for his crimes]].
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''Series/OnceUponATime'': Jiminy Cricket[=/=]Dr. Hopper.

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* In VideoGame/DragonAgeInquisition fanfic ''FanFic/WalkingInCircles'', Evelyn is this to Solas. Due to his past, he tends to act rather selfish and arrogant at times but with Evelyn's influence and her constantly [[WhatTheHellHero calling him out]], along with his love for her, his behaviours have changed quite a bit that there're occasions where he helps other people not because it benefits him but because 'it's something she'd do'. Of course, sometimes it takes more than just her words to reach him, namely after Wisdom's death, it's only when Solas realizes that his actions during his wraith has hurt and made Evelyn fears him that he snaps out of it.

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* ''WebAnimation/DSBTInsaniT'': Amber tries to coax the more abrasive characters, like Alex and Killer, into being nice and doing the right thing.
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