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** When Ash's Charmander evolved into a Charmeleon, it TookALevelInJerkass and became disobedient and arrogant, and continued to be so after evolving into Charizard. During their journey through the Orange Islands, however, it would change its tune and become friends with Ash once more after he saved it from freezing to death.

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* ''Manga/DemonSlayerKimetsuNoYaiba'':
** Inosuke's first appearance turns into a far cry of how he behaves later in the series, in the beginning Inosuke was an extremely fight hungry guy, who didn’t seem to care for actually protecting people against demons, he was more about the thrill of the fight, be a demon or even a fellow demon slayer; not long after however Inosuke faces a few battles where he feels threatened by stronger foes for the first time in his life, he feels completely useless for one quick moment after the battle but his friends, Tanjiro and Zenitsu, manage to cheer him just as fast, from there on Inosuke begins to act quite reliably in that he starts to listen for battle plans and to save people in the crossfire against demons, yet stll remaining quite battle crazed guy but a more reliable one.
** Genya at first seemed even more rough than Inosuke, while the latter was just more of a socially impaired guy due living alone in the mountains for his entire life till he joined the Demon Slayer Corps, the former was just an angry asshole in the beginning, however even Genya mellows a bit after his past and the reason why he acted like such a thug is revealed, the ever loving protagonist, Tanjiro, manages to finaly befriend him.

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* In ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', Katsuki Bakugou is slowly getting better at this, as it has to do with his CharacterDevelopment. He is quite caring towards [[MoralityPet Kirishima]]. Kirishima is the only classmate Bakugo is willing to be rescued by without hurting his pride, and Bakugo has been shown multiple times giving Kirishima good advice without insulting him. After Bakugo and Midoriya's rematch, he seems to be taking steps towards this again, even offering a genuine critique of Midoriya's Shoot Style:
-->'''All Might:''' Unlike before, the two of them have become proper rivals.


* Ken from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' after his HeelFaceTurn. Particularly appropriate in that Kindness was always intended to be his Crest from the beginning.

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Ken from ''Anime/DigimonAdventure02'' after his HeelFaceTurn. Particularly appropriate in that Kindness was always intended to be his Crest from the beginning.



** But only in the dub. That is, Chiaki J. Konaka apparently went out of his way to avoid depicting Rika/Ruki as 'cold' because 'coldness' is often attached to female characters to convey strength. She's mature and stoic, but she's not cold.
** Her partner, Renamon, qualifies as well. Originally ruthless, she goes to a general MamaBear, mostly from her relationship with Rika improving.

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** *** But only in the dub. That is, Chiaki J. Konaka apparently went out of his way to avoid depicting Rika/Ruki as 'cold' because 'coldness' is often attached to female characters to convey strength. She's mature and stoic, but she's not cold.
** Her Rika's partner, Renamon, qualifies as well. Originally ruthless, she goes to a general MamaBear, mostly from her relationship with Rika improving.



* Guts of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', upon finding Casca again and gaining new TrueCompanions, has begun abandoning his cold, ruthless and vengeful Black Swordsman persona in favor of something resembling his original nature for the first time since the Eclipse. Mind you, he still has a rather nasty EnemyWithin to deal with due to the vendetta that he was on for two years.

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* Guts of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'', ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'':
** Guts,
upon finding Casca again and gaining new TrueCompanions, has begun abandoning his cold, ruthless and vengeful Black Swordsman persona in favor of something resembling his original nature for the first time since the Eclipse. Mind you, he still has a rather nasty EnemyWithin to deal with due to the vendetta that he was on for two years.



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* After Laxus Dreyar's failed attempt to take over the title guild in ''Manga/FairyTail'', he [[WalkingTheEarth Walks The Earth]] and [[TameHisAnger Tames His Anger]]. He returns without his trademark SocialDarwinist attitude, but he hasn't completely [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold lost his edge]].

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After Laxus Dreyar's failed attempt to take over the title guild in ''Manga/FairyTail'', guild, he [[WalkingTheEarth Walks The Earth]] and [[TameHisAnger Tames His Anger]]. He returns without his trademark SocialDarwinist attitude, but he hasn't completely [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold lost his edge]].



* Onpu Segawa in ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' was initially a spoiled, cold, enigmatic, and selfish {{Jerkass}}. By ''Sharp'', she's now portrayed as kind-hearted, sweet and caring NiceGirl.

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Onpu Segawa in ''Anime/OjamajoDoremi'' was initially a spoiled, cold, enigmatic, and selfish {{Jerkass}}. By ''Sharp'', she's now portrayed as kind-hearted, sweet and caring NiceGirl.


* Sakura Haruno from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. She goes from a JerkAss {{Tsundere}} who beats up Naruto and swoons over Sasuke, to a more vulnerable but rather more kind-hearted CombatMedic. [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale She'll still dish out the punishment on Naruto every now and then, though]].

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Sakura Haruno from ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''. She goes from a JerkAss {{Tsundere}} who beats up Naruto and swoons over Sasuke, to a more vulnerable but rather more kind-hearted CombatMedic. [[DoubleStandardAbuseFemaleOnMale She'll still dish out the punishment on Naruto every now and then, though]].



** Chi-Chi was an overbearing mother and a hard person to be around for most of ''Z''. During the Buu Saga however, she does not get upset as much and she's less harsh on Goten than she was on Gohan, allowing him to play and not study all the time. She even trained Goten in martial arts and allowed Gohan to skip school so he could get ready to enter the World Martial Arts Tournament. Part of this was because she took Goku's death very hard, and decided to ease up on them in honor of him.
** Also in the original ''Dragon Ball'' series, Piccolo was a raving, sadistic psychopath and a literal ''Demon prince''. Years later in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', he became one of the most levelheaded characters, all thanks to the [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe kindness]] of a [[MoralityPet single child]]! Granted, this is probably because he only turned after he [[YouKilledMyFather fulfilled his revenge against Goku]].

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** Chi-Chi was an overbearing mother and a hard person to be around for most of ''Z''.''Anime/DragonBallZ''. During the Buu Saga however, she does not get upset as much and she's less harsh on Goten than she was on Gohan, allowing him to play and not study all the time. She even trained Goten in martial arts and allowed Gohan to skip school so he could get ready to enter the World Martial Arts Tournament. Part of this was because she took Goku's death very hard, and decided to ease up on them in honor of him.
** Also in the original ''Dragon Ball'' series, Piccolo was a raving, sadistic psychopath and a literal ''Demon prince''. Years later in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', ''Z'', he became one of the most levelheaded characters, all thanks to the [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe kindness]] of a [[MoralityPet single child]]! Granted, this is probably because he only turned after he [[YouKilledMyFather fulfilled his revenge against Goku]].



* Nami from ''Franchise/OnePiece''. Gradually as the series has gone on, but especially after the timeskip. From forgiving Hachi, to immediately hugging Usopp and Chopper when they reunite, to even immediately forgiving Jinbei for letting Arlong loose on East Blue, she's come a pretty long way from the jerkass facade she started out with.
** Not to mention, she almost never hits her crewmates anymore, starting after the timeskip. Though this maybe because of her crewmates beating her to the punch.
** Also, as seen in his flashback, Jinbe was previously quite brutal when fighting against humans and couldn't care less about humans in general. His interactions with his captain Fisher Tiger and the human girl Koala and being inspired by Queen Otohime helped to change his outlook and become a more kinder person. This was very notable in that he is so far the only Shichibukai whose past changed him for the better.

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* Nami from ''Franchise/OnePiece''.''Manga/OnePiece'':
** Nami.
Gradually as the series has gone on, but especially after the timeskip. From forgiving Hachi, to immediately hugging Usopp and Chopper when they reunite, to even immediately forgiving Jinbei for letting Arlong loose on East Blue, she's come a pretty long way from the jerkass facade she started out with.
** *** Not to mention, she almost never hits her crewmates anymore, starting after the timeskip. Though this maybe because of her crewmates beating her to the punch.
** Also, as As seen in his flashback, Jinbe Jimbei was previously quite brutal when fighting against humans and couldn't care less about humans in general. His interactions with his captain Fisher Tiger and the human girl Koala and being inspired by Queen Otohime helped to change his outlook and become a more kinder person. This was very notable in that he is so far the only Shichibukai whose past changed him for the better.


* Hachimaki from ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'' is a hot-headed and less-than-ideal mentor for the overly enthusiastic Ai Tanabe. But Tanabe's virtuousness and upbeat attitude eventually rubs off her colleagues, even with Hachimaki. [[spoiler:Their mutual respect as co-workers eventually forms into a romantic relationship, and getting married just before the end of the series.]]

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* Hachimaki from ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'' is a hot-headed and less-than-ideal mentor for the overly enthusiastic Ai Tanabe. But Tanabe's virtuousness and upbeat attitude eventually rubs off her colleagues, even with Hachimaki. [[spoiler:Their mutual respect as co-workers eventually gradually forms into a romantic relationship, and getting married just before the end of the series.]]

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* Hachimaki from ''Anime/{{Planetes}}'' is a hot-headed and less-than-ideal mentor for the overly enthusiastic Ai Tanabe. But Tanabe's virtuousness and upbeat attitude eventually rubs off her colleagues, even with Hachimaki. [[spoiler:Their mutual respect as co-workers eventually forms into a romantic relationship, and getting married just before the end of the series.]]


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** Piccolo went from a raving, sadistic psychopath and a literal ''Demon prince'', to one of the most levelheaded characters, all thanks to the kindness of a single child! Granted, this is probably because he only turned after he [[YouKilledMyFather fulfilled his revenge against Goku]].
** Vegeta, the last remaining pure-blood Saiyan who retains their nature and pride. Once he finally turns against the one responsible for their genocide, he relocates to earth (with little choice) and grows soft in the presence of the other Z Fighters...and, after a decade or so, his wife and son. But even though his HeelFaceTurn is made official near the end of the series (because it took that long), he doesn't make it past JerkWithAHeartOfGold. He comes about as close as is possible, but he never sheds his Saiyan nature.

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''Franchise/DragonBall'' has a ''ton'' of these:
** Bulma in [[Manga/DragonBall the early series]] goes from just using Goku to get all the Dragon Balls to actually caring about him and seeing him as a dear friend. By the King Piccolo went from Saga, she's truly concerned about the state of the world and not just herself.
** Chi-Chi was an overbearing mother and a hard person to be around for most of ''Z''. During the Buu Saga however, she does not get upset as much and she's less harsh on Goten than she was on Gohan, allowing him to play and not study all the time. She even trained Goten in martial arts and allowed Gohan to skip school so he could get ready to enter the World Martial Arts Tournament. Part of this was because she took Goku's death very hard, and decided to ease up on them in honor of him.
** Also in the original ''Dragon Ball'' series, Piccolo was
a raving, sadistic psychopath and a literal ''Demon prince'', to prince''. Years later in ''Anime/DragonBallZ'', he became one of the most levelheaded characters, all thanks to the kindness [[BecauseYouWereNiceToMe kindness]] of a [[MoralityPet single child! child]]! Granted, this is probably because he only turned after he [[YouKilledMyFather fulfilled his revenge against Goku]].
** ''Z'' introduces the alien tyrant Vegeta, the last remaining pure-blood Saiyan who retains their nature and pride. Once he finally turns against the one responsible for their genocide, he relocates to earth (with little choice) and grows soft in the presence of the other Z Fighters...and, after a decade or so, his wife and son. But even though his HeelFaceTurn is made official near the end of the series (because it took that long), he doesn't make it past JerkWithAHeartOfGold. He comes about as close as is possible, but he never sheds his Saiyan nature.


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** Videl, at least towards Gohan who she stalked and bullied before falling in love with him.


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** It happened before the beginning of the original ''Manga/DragonBall'', but Goku was once a terrible toddler who terrorized Grandpa despite the latter's best efforts to raise him. It is not completely clear thanks to new information if it was the head-injury alone, Gohan's kindness, or a little bit of both that caused Goku to become the good-hearted boy we know and love.
** According to ''Minus'', Goku and Raditz's father Bardock became quite the Family Man after marrying [[NiceGirl Gine]] (Goku and Raditz's mother). Put things into perspective, apparently, the typical Saiyan starts a family solely to reproduce.
** In ''Super'', once his saga is finished, Beerus starts mellowing out and becomes more friendly towards Goku and Vegeta-the whole crew, in fact. He likes them so much that he sees no problem letting them train on his planet. He does find them unbearably noisy, however, so he has Whis warp them somewhere that will make them stronger without bothering him. [[WorthyOpponent He seems to tolerate them because he wants them to become stronger so he can fight them again]]. He also sets up Monaka as the greatest fighter in Universe 7 to encourages Goku and Vegeta to become stronger, while in reality [[spoiler:Monaka is much weaker than them]].
*** When the pair of Saiyans eat his stash of pizzas, he throws a comical fit and doesn't really make them suffer the way he would've done earlier on.
*** His kinder side comes out much more during the Tournament of Power; as Universe 7 starts losing more fighters, Beerus begins complimenting his defeated team and cheering on those that remain. He ''does'' berate the "baldies" (Krillin, Roshi and Tien) for being eliminated, but then adds they still did well all the same. [[spoiler:By the time Gohan is sitting in the stands with him, he begins to compliment him starting with the words "Goku's kid"- before stopping short and correcting himself by using his name instead, and telling him he did well with a genuine, respectful smile.]]
** Beerus' brother, Champa. Although still a bit of a JerkAss, he's softened up by the time the Tournament of Power rolls around, being more accepting of his fighters getting eliminated despite the much higher stakes involved. He's still freaking out about it, but he doesn't lash out against them.
** Frost, maybe. When Hit comes to recruit him for the Tournament of Power, Frost displays some un-Frieza-ish traits such as [[FaceDeathWithDignity accepting imminent death]] and acknowledging he could ''never'' beat Hit. [[spoiler:He also says he sees the tournament as a chance to restore his honor. Whether he's honest or just trying to rebuild his [[GloryHound image]] is left ambiguous.]]
** Jiren from ''Dragon Ball Super''. Like so many before him, meeting Goku and seeing him and his teammates' faith in each other changes him for the better. [[spoiler:After Frieza, 17, and Goku beautifully and flawlessly work together to defeat him, Jiren realizes he was wrong about trust and people and is even surprised at Toppo’s last words of thanks. After being revived by 17’s wish, he converses with Toppo about wanting to meet and battle Goku again and admits to his inability to trust people. Toppo rejects this, pointing out how Jiren fought for everyone in the end and now they’re true comrades who together will face down Universe 7 again and win. Jiren calmly but happily agrees to this sentiment, vowing to stop living in the past and start forming friendships in the present.]] It’s not massive, but it seems Jiren is truly changing for better and finally allowing himself to believe in others and open up to his comrades and see them as friends.

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** [[spoiler: St. Mjosgard was your typical [[AriscratsAreEvil Celestial Dragon]]. He was a living HateSink who cruelly abused his servants and slaves, acted like an UngratefulBastard to Queen Otohime and her people, (when his own life depended on when he was nearly killed in a shipwreck). When he returns years later, he is virtually unrecognizable in his behavior. He now genuinely protects and sponsors the same fishmen and merfolk that he initially persecuted, praises Otohime for showing him kindness when he didn't deserve it, and it's even remarked that he's currently the only Celestial Dragon that refuses to own a single slave.]]

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* ''Manga/{{Bakuman}}'': Aoki Ko started as a ice queen, she was rather cold and distant to the other rivals, and refused to make any adjustement in her manga to make it more appealing to Shonen Jump/Jack audience because she was DoingItForTheArt. [[DefrostingIceQueen As time pass]], she progressively start to be nicer and more open with the others character until she become good friend with them, and learn to question her own work and listen to the advices of her editor or her fellow mangakas.


* Nami from ''Franchise/OnePiece''. Gradually as the series has gone on, but especially after the timeskip. From forgiving Hachi, to immediately hugging Usopp and Chopper when they reunite, to even immediately forgiving Jinbei for letting Arlong loose on East Blue, she's come a pretty long way from the JerkassFacade she started out with.

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* Nami from ''Franchise/OnePiece''. Gradually as the series has gone on, but especially after the timeskip. From forgiving Hachi, to immediately hugging Usopp and Chopper when they reunite, to even immediately forgiving Jinbei for letting Arlong loose on East Blue, she's come a pretty long way from the JerkassFacade jerkass facade she started out with.


* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' gives us Edward Elric, who starts his series a bit of a jerk. Not greedy or cruel, but just rather selfish and myopic about his goal of curing himself and his brother, due to the crushing guilt he feels over making them the way they were, due to his own error. However, repeated exposure to the plight of others and the atrocities committed by the villains gradually make him more open and kind, so much that he's pretty well unrecognizable the the end of the story. This CharacterDevelopment also makes him a Foil to the BigBad of the series, who is essentially [[ItsAllAboutMe myopic selfishness personified.]]

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* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' gives us Edward Elric, who starts his series a bit of a jerk. Not greedy or cruel, but just rather selfish and myopic about his goal of curing himself and his brother, due to the crushing guilt he feels over making them the way they were, due to his own error. were. However, repeated exposure to the plight of others and the atrocities committed by the villains gradually make him more open and kind, so much that he's pretty well practically unrecognizable the by the end of the story. series. This CharacterDevelopment also makes him a Foil {{Foil}} to the BigBad of the series, who is essentially [[ItsAllAboutMe myopic selfishness personified.]]


** Gary becomes much nicer to Ash around the Johto arc after his BreakTheHaughty phase in the Kanto arc. By the end of the Johto arc, he and Ash finally become friends again after so many years to being rivals (which sticks when they meet again in Sinnoh).
** Georgia, Iris's rival from the Unova arc, has been slowly improving, and has been consistently taking levels from {{Jerkass}} to JerkWithAHeartOfGold as the arc goes. (Her rivalry with Iris has also eased a little bit, with their bickering starting to sound a little more good-natured than either of them would probably admit.) [[spoiler: When she shows back up for the Pokemon World Tournament Junior Cup she's improved even more, only being bitter about her loss to Iris because Iris's Dragonite beat her when it wasn't listening to commands, so [[JerkassHasAPoint technically Georgia and Iris weren't even the ones fighting]]]].
** Bianca practically drives herself (and everyone else) crazy trying to get at Luke's Zorua during the Club Battle arc. Fortunately for all parties involved, [[ThrowTheDogABone she finally ends up getting to spend some time alone with Zorua]] and undergoes some CharacterDevelopment a few episodes later that generally turns her into a more selfless, charitable person.

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** Gary becomes much nicer to Ash around the Johto arc after his BreakTheHaughty phase in the Kanto arc. By the end of the Johto arc, he and Ash finally become friends again after so many years to of being rivals (which sticks when they meet again in Sinnoh).
** Georgia, Iris's rival from the Unova arc, has been slowly improving, and has been consistently taking levels from {{Jerkass}} to JerkWithAHeartOfGold as the arc goes. continues. (Her rivalry with Iris has also eased a little bit, with their bickering starting to sound a little more good-natured than either of them would probably admit.) [[spoiler: When she shows back up for the Pokemon World Tournament Junior Cup she's improved even more, only being bitter about her loss to Iris because Iris's Dragonite beat her when it wasn't listening to commands, so [[JerkassHasAPoint technically Georgia and Iris weren't even the ones fighting]]]].
** Bianca practically drives herself (and everyone else) crazy trying to get at Luke's Zorua during the Club Battle arc. Fortunately for all parties involved, [[ThrowTheDogABone she finally ends up getting to spend some time alone with Zorua]] and undergoes some CharacterDevelopment a few episodes later that generally turns her into a more selfless, charitable person.

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* In ''LightNovel/DestructionFlagOtome'' the plot starts off with what should have been an otome game villain hitting her head and realizing she's the reincarnation of a normal schoolgirl, after which she turns really sweet overnight, if perhaps a little dim. This sets off something of a chain reaction that makes all the people around her a lot nicer and more well adjusted as well. Her brother would have become a playboy, for example, but thanks to his sister being friendlier he becomes a perfect gentleman instead.


* Ilulu from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' becomes significantly nicer following her HeelFaceTurn ([[UsedToBeASweetKid though it was technically regaining lost levels rather than taking new ones]]). She goes from being an AxCrazy EvilRedhead who tried to blow up the city,to a RoseHairedSweetie FriendToAllChildren who spent an entire chapter trying to find the owner of a lost doll.

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* Ilulu from ''Manga/MissKobayashisDragonMaid'' becomes significantly nicer following her HeelFaceTurn ([[UsedToBeASweetKid though it was technically regaining lost levels rather than taking new ones]]). She goes from being an AxCrazy EvilRedhead who tried to blow up the city,to city, to a RoseHairedSweetie FriendToAllChildren who spent an entire chapter trying to find the owner of a lost doll.

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