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  • Ace Attorney:
    • In the games the anime is based on, Marvin Grossberg, Cody Hackins, and Wendy Oldbag all need to be outright interrogated to learn what they know. In the anime, Grossberg tells Phoenix everything he knows about Mia's murderer without prompts and Cody takes nowhere near the effort to get him to reveal what he saw, spilling the beans after some prompting and a speech about the meaning of justice. Oldbag meanwhile, overhears this speech and then has an internal conflict about whether she should reveal to Phoenix about an accident the victim was involved in; she gives him a photograph after hearing a second speech by Cody.
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    • Speaking of Grossberg, in the game he never tells Maya his involvement in the DL-6 incident that lead to her mother vanishing. Here he does and outright begs her to forgive him.
    • Jack Hammer was one of the biggest asshole victims in the games. There he tries to murder Dee Vasquez and frame Will Powers for it, drugged Powers, was jealous of Powers' fame and it is implied that the accident that caused one of his co-stars to die might have been deliberate. The anime removes all of this except his attempt to kill Vasquez making him more of a broken man pushed to extreme actions.
    • From that same case is Sal Melina. In the game, he helped Dee Vasquez cover up her accidental murder of the aforementioned Jack Hammer. In the anime, however, he seemed to have no involvement in the murder whatsoever. Everything from moving the body to swapping out the costumes was done by Vasquez alone.
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    • At the end of the final case of the first game, it's revealed that Larry was the one who stole Edgeworth's lunch money back when the two of them and Phoenix were in school together. The anime, however, has a special episode dedicated to expanding on that incident. While Larry did take the money, he did so unwittingly. Edgeworth had dropped it on the way to school and Larry simply found it, none the wiser of who it belonged to. He even turned it in to the police, not actually spending it until after enough time had gone by without it being claimed for him to legally take it for himself. This is a far cry from the games, where he basically admits that he took it out of greed, knowing fully well who it belonged to and showing zero remorse for doing so.
    • In the adaptation of Reunion and Turnanbout, the plot to murder Turner Grey and frame Maya for it was all Morgan Fey's idea. Ini Minney only wanted to rig the channeling in a way that Turner wouldn't discover that the woman he's trying to channel was actually 'her'. She approached Morgan Fey to this end, who then blackmailed Minney into going along with her plans by threatening to expose her secret. In the game, both of them were in on the whole thing together.
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    • The final case of the second game has yet another asshole victim actor, Juan Corrida. In the game, after discovering Celeste Inpax's suicide note, he destroyed it and replaced it on its own in order to frame his equally asshole-ish (or worse) rival Matt Engarde, merely treating it as a way to pay back for his wounded pride without any care about Celeste, who he just divorced because of a piece of information Matt threw in, making him care more about his rivalry. In the anime, he didn't destroy the suicide note and plans to publicize it as original as it can be, meaning that he puts aside his rivalry with Matt and decides that he has to be brought to justice for Celeste's suicide which was pretty mortifying for him.
  • In the Aku no Hana anime, Saeki seems to accept Takao's decision to break up with her with quiet dignity and then leaves him alone. In the original manga, this instead causes her to become a full-on yandere and eventually rape him.
  • One of the manga adaptations of Battle Spirits Brave portrays Geraid as heroic and legitimately loyal to Gilfam. This couldn't be any more opposite from his role in the anime.
  • Blood+: While both versions of Diva are Anti-Villains and Psychopathic Manchildren, the manga makes her a much more sympathetic character. Anime!Diva had a sadistic streak and often relished the thought of killing Saya whereas manga!Diva genuinely cares for both Saya and her Chevaliers and doesn't seem to understand that killing is wrong. The "heroism" part is also aided by the fact that unlike in the anime, she doesn't rape and murder Riku.
  • Bokurano: In the manga, Chizu, while tying to get revenge on the men who gang-raped her, fires Zearth's lasers at them and feels no remorse for the many innocent people who are caught in the blasts and killed. She just barely is talked down from killing Hatagai by her sister, who tells her to kill her as well and her family after learning what she did and what was done to her, considers her actions all but unforgivable. In the anime, she doesn't kill anyone prior to her aborted attempt on Hatagai's life which she stops the moment she sees her sister trying to protect him. In a more debatable scene, in the manga, she kills Kako while he's beating up Kirie, but in the anime, she pushes him away when he tries to rape her, causing him to fall down the stairs and die when the building he's in collapses.
  • In Cyborg 009, Ivan's father turns his baby into a cyborg via experiments on the brain (we later find out it was to save him from an illness, but it was still irresponsible), kills his wife when she tries to go to the police about it, and joins Black Ghost partially to escape from the law and partially to continue his experiments. In the graphic novel retelling, he is portrayed as a Reluctant Mad Scientist who focused on saving his son's life and was very uncomfortable with Black Ghost's plans. 001 Even acknowledges that his father did everything to save him and is able to talk his father out of capturing the cyborgs at which point his father performs a Heroic Sacrifice to save them.
  • In the Danganronpa anime, Byakuya Togami is still quite a jerk who is callous and doesn't think much of cooperation, as he was in the visual novel. In the anime, however, he doesn't openly profess that he's planning to eventually murder someone and get away with it.
    • Similarly, the manga actually explores Celestia Ludenburg's past and motives more than the game or anime did, which makes her far more sympathetic.
  • Death Note:
    • In the original manga and anime, L is a rather ruthless Anti-Hero who the author describes as being "a little bit evil." In his movie L: Change The World, L is a lonely, misunderstood Woobie Action Hero guy who cares for sick orphans.
    • In the live-action films, Light Yagami himself falls into this to a degree. According to Word of God, in the original anime and manga, Light is a perfectionist who couldn't deal with the fact that he accidentally killed someone (thus, he reasons that it was okay, since the dude was an asshole, and that it's okay to kill criminals). In the films, his Start of Darkness is in part because he held the law on a Broken Pedestal. Light is given this treatment even further in the live action 2015 series, where he deeply loves his family (even if he has a strained relationship with his father), actually reciprocates Misa's feelings, and was even able to save people using the Death Note (getting rid of Jerk Jock Souta and saving his father from his mother's murderer). And that's to say nothing of "Light Turner" from the 2017 Netflix film.
  • The Devil Is a Part-Timer!: The anime largely downplays the level of Maou's responsibility in and the scale of the atrocities his forces have committed and also leaves out that many of his more heroic actions are actually Pragmatic Villainy: he doesn't return to Ente Isla as soon as he has the chance because he would lose and cleans up the damage to the city to make a good impression on Emi's group so they won't kill him.
  • Beelzebumon is one of the Seven Demon Lords in the Digimon mythology. In Digimon Tamers, he (as Impmon) starts out as a Wild Card before receiving a power-up from the villains to evolve into Beelzebumon. He initially opposes the heroes, but has a Heel–Face Turn later, becoming The Atoner. In Digimon Xros Wars, a different Beelzebumon, under the alias "Baalmon", also starts off working for the baddies, but it's really just so he can investigate who drove him to kill his comrades. He gets killed once he found out, but upon reincarnating, becomes a major player in the Xros Heart army.
  • Dragon Ball:
    • While Goku in the original Dragon Ball is anything but a villain in the original Japanese, the English dub tends to downplay his less noble aspects while strengthening his heroic side. Interestingly, Akira Toriyama half-joked in a Daizenshu magazine interview this was also a difference between his conception of the character in print versus the television version; Toriyama described "his" Goku as having never really grown up much so he's frequently innocent to the point of ignorance, especially having a poor sense of complex personal relationships. He's also selfish in his desires to fight, only dealing with evil that directly challenges him rather than being a 'proper' pro-active hero. This was such a common observation among fans (and critics) that Dragon Ball Super explicitly points it out several times, including by Goku himself.
    • A couple of minor examples from the original series;
      • Korin, a cat-like deity, is seemingly neutral and ready to train anyone who climbs his tower... however, in the anime, when Mercenary Tao comes to him, Korin is openly hostile, doesn't help and eventually even tries to get Tao killed.
      • Lunch is a joke character, a girl who switches between "good" and "evil" personalities. In the anime, when Goku is preparing to face off against Pamputto the boxer, the latter's manager thinks his client has no chance to win and tries to trick Goku into not fighting. Thankfully, Lunch is nearby and forces the manager to tell the truth... surprisingly, it's the "evil" Lunch who just decided to "do something nice for once".
    • A prominent early example is in the Saiyan Saga of Dragon Ball Z, where Goku convinces Krillin to spare Vegeta's life; in most versions of the English dub, Goku invokes If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him and also wants to gives Vegeta the same chance for a Heel–Face Turn that Piccolo received, whereas in the original Japanese and the Kai dub, he does so purely because he found the fight with Vegeta so exhilarating and hoped for a rematch, admitting the potential danger was a selfish desire.
    • Vegeta presents a minor example in Dragon Ball Super. In Dragon Ball Z: Resurrection ‘F’, Vegeta sees Frieza as more of his plaything and, like Goku, didn't take the fight seriously. In the Super adaptation, he is very concerned about Frieza's return and tells Goku to hurry up when he hears that the Earth is being attacked and gets on Goku for taking too long to take down Frieza, instead of just being mad that Goku is hogging the fight. After Goku is shot down by Sorbet, Vegeta willingly saves him, while in the movie he's perfectly happy to let Frieza kill Goku for being dumb enough to drop his guard. He also never considers or even humors rejoining Frieza's army, telling his old boss that he should disappear.
      • Some English dubs also downplay or slightly soften the amorality and ruthlessness that defined Vegeta's character up until about the Cell saga. While his death scene in the original manga and the Japanese version of the anime has him bemoaning Freeza's extermination of the Saiyans and his own humiliation at having to submit to him, the dubs outright state that it was Freeza who conditioned him to be evil to begin with.
    • In Dragon Ball Z: Broly – The Legendary Super Saiyan and its sequels, Broly is a violent, sadistic sociopath with no redeeming qualities whatsoever. In Dragon Ball Super: Broly, Broly is a tragic villain who fights out of either blind loyalty to his father or understandable anger over the death of said father. He even lives long enough to pull a Heel–Face Turn!
  • The Electric Tale of Pikachu:
    • In the anime, Damian is an Jerkass trainer who abuses and abandons his Charmander, which Ash adopts. However, here he actually meant to return to get Charmander and shows concern for it, but was injured in an accident, going to look for Charmander later himself, before he completely recovered, and is later happily reunited with it.
    • In the anime, Sabrina started out as a cold psychic with a Creepy Child Literal Split Personality. Here, she's a kindhearted and compassionate miko.
  • In the anime adaptation of The Familiar of Zero, Julio Chesaré and his master Pope Vittorio Serevare are good guys with the former aiding the protagonists at various points and the latter pulling a Heroic Sacrifice in the fourth season. In the light novels, Pope Vittorio is the surviving villain of a Big-Bad Ensemble and Julio is his Dragon. He manipulates others (including Queen Henrietta), is willing to employ assassination, and played a role in instigating Gallia's wars (which was led by the other Big Bad). He is also plotting to start a war against the elves reclaim the Holy Land, even to the point of wiping them out. There are apparently good motives to his actions as he claims that he is trying to save humanity and that it ultimately comes down to "us or them" with the elves. Sadly, Noboru Yamaguchi, author of the light novels, passed away, so we'll probably never know Vittorio's complete plan and motivations. Interestingly, Yamaguchi was involved heavily in the fourth season, so Vittorio and Julio's adaptational shift was something that he at least okayed, if not planned out himself.
  • In the manga version of Fate/stay night, Shinji doesn't rape Sakura, seems to have standards, and eventually pulls a Heel–Face Turn on his own.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist:
    • In contrast to the unrepentant villain she was in the manga, Lust is more sympathetic, the most adamant of the Homunculi to become human, and the one most prone to introspection. She ultimately ends up helping Edward, albeit for her own purposes. On the flip side, this also means we got a much more whiny, emo, stereotypical female character who unsurprisingly pulls a High-Heel–Face Turn. Didn't see that coming. Her switching sides doesn't even amount to anything because she's killed shortly thereafter. Plus she abandons Gluttony who is also more sympathetic in this version due to Adaptational Backstory Change. Anime!Lust was really just a whiny little selfish bitch so YMMV on how "sympathetic" you find her. Her manga self was a kick-ass villain.
    • Shou Tucker still uses his daughter and dog to form a chimera, but when confronted by Ed he's less For Science! and more I Did What I Had to Do and surviving after that leads him to regret what he did and try to reverse it (albeit in a perverse way).
    • Selim Bradley is not a homunculus in the first anime and is just a normal human uninvolved in the plot who helps Roy defeat Pride at a critical moment (albeit unwittingly).
    • The Slicer brothers are portrayed considerably more sympathetic in the anime despite being a pair of serial killers. The younger brother kills himself after deciding being stuck in half a suit of armor was worse than death. In the manga, he's raging that he can still fight when Envy destroys his blood seal.
  • Aru Akise in Future Diary is never portrayed as a villain in either the anime or the manga, but gets a small, but extremely important change between the two. In the anime, when Yukiteru snaps and guns down his remaining friends, Akise tries to stop him. In the manga, the scene is almost the same, except Akise hangs out off panel and just watches him do it.
  • Getter Robo:
    • In the manga, Anti-Hero Hayato Jin is a homicidal psychopath and terrorist who in his debut violently murders a pair of classmates after the boys speak out against his plot to kill Japan's prime minister. In the 70s anime, he's a loner and kind of a dick, but is mostly just a moody schoolboy. Averted hard in the New Getter Robo OVA where Hayato is once again depicted as a murderous terrorist. As an homage to his manga debut, he even beats one of his henchmen to death after the man tries to back out of a raid and does so while laughing.
    • Ryouma is less of a Hot-Blooded sociopath. While he's still competitive and arrogant, he's got nothing on his manga counterpart, who is known to beat the shit out of people with little provocation and at one point kills a dog.
  • Ghost Talkers Daydream: Mitsuru's portrayal changes depending on whether you're reading the manga or watching the anime:
    • In the manga, he's self-centered and seems to care little for anything beyond his obsession with stalking Misaki. Going so far as to bug her apartment and repeatedly steal all her underwear. Misaki has even threatened to call the police on him if he doesn't stop.
    • The anime downplays it by essentially making him Misaki's private paparazzi who only takes pictures of her when she's out in public. Which is also made comical since he often happens to catch her in various states of undress, thanks to Kadotake's clumsiness. When he isn't following her around, he acts as one of her contacts and even helps her save Ai near the climax of the second episode.
  • In Girls und Panzer, Anzu, in the first episode of the anime, tells Miho that if she doesn't do tankery, she and her friends will not be attending Oarai Academy for long. It's not completely what it seems like and Anzu does have her reasons for doing this, but the other characters aren't happy with this. In the manga, the scene never happens, making Anzu's recruitment of Miho seem less morally questionable.
  • While still villains, the evil actions of the characters in GoLion were toned down in Voltron.
    • Daibazaal was a tyrant who had Fala's entire family shot, commits horrible atrocities on the conquered, and has slaves killed for sport. It's even revealed any affection Daibazaal has for his son, Sincline, is fake and Daibazaal has no love for him, only keeping around because killing him would cause scandal. In Voltron, Zarkon was a tyrant who killed Allura's father, isn't shown to murder slaves for sport, and doesn't commit horrible atrocities on the conquered. Zarkon's relationship with Lotor is more ambiguous with Zarkon seeming to shown genuine affection for Lotor at times.
    • Honerva was always a Wicked Witch and commits satanic acts on her enemies and Galra prisoners. In Voltron, Haggar used to be a good sorceress and her actions are more typical witchery.
    • Sincline was a mentally unbalanced Child by Rape who abused women, had a sick obsession with Fala, tended to kill his subordinates, and any honor he showed was fake. In Voltron, Lotor had a Hair-Trigger Temper, only attempted And Now You Must Marry Me stuff, had a more genuine affection for Allura, only yelled threats at his subordinates, and was actually honorable. Lotor even pulled an Enemy Mine to save Allura at one point.
    • The Galra as a whole got this. In the 11th episode of Golion, Galra was doing a Prisoner Exchange, but its revealed to the audience that Galra had no intention to honor this and was going to kill the hostages anyway. In the 11th episode of Voltron, the Drules of Planet Doom seemed like they were going to actually keep to the deal.
  • Haiyore! Nyarko-san, a Lighter and Softer take on the Cthulhu Mythos, has its title character, Nyarlathotep the Crawling Chaos. The original Nyarlathotep is the only outright evil Elder God, driving people into madness and self-destruction purely out of malice, spite, and For the Evulz (the others simply have Blue and Orange Morality). As for Nyarko, she does have her bad pointsnote , but on the whole she's a silly but good-hearted person who makes friends easily due to her open and cheerful nature and is utterly devoted to the story's male lead Mahiro because she's hopelessly in love with him. The main cast also includes Cthuguha the Living Flame and Hastur the King in Yellow, here imagined as an Emotionless Gamer Chick and an Adorably Precocious Child respectively.
  • Hellsing: Because this anime Overtook the Manga after episode six, Walter isn't The Mole and is loyal to Integra.
  • In the original Howl's Moving Castle, the Witch of the Waste was irredeemably evil and defeated at the end like a typical villain. In the anime adaptation, she performs a Heel–Face Turn and becomes friends with Sophie.
  • Pururut adapts a more controlled version of her sadism as Iris Heart in Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation, where only the villains were her targets, unlike in her debut appearance in Hyperdimension Neptunia Victory, where good and evil alike aren't safe from the (be it mental or physical) turmoil and trauma Madame Goddess is capable of gleefully inflicting.
  • In the original JoJo's Bizarre Adventure manga, "Nena" turns out to be a villainous Stand user who has killed and stolen the identity of a beautiful young Indian girl. In the OVA, Nena is an innocent young Indian girl who has been manipulated by Hol Horse and isn't a Stand user.
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War has Hayasaka. Given that the story is a modern day retelling of "The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter", she is based off of the celestial envoy who took Princess Kaguya away from everyone she knew and loved on Earth. Here, she is Kaguya's Cool Big Sis who (almost) always has her best interests at heart and is a Shipper on Deck for her and Shirogane.
  • Kaibutsu-kun portrays famous Hollywood monsters Dracula, the Wolf Man, and Frankenstein's Monster as friendly, comical characters helping the titular shapeshifting young prince live out in the human world.
  • The Legend of Zelda:
    • The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past has a manga adaptation by Himekawa where Vitreous is a friendly character. In the video game, Vitreous was just a bunch of eyeballs that acted as a boss without any real background, or character. In the manga, Vitreous is a giant Cyclops girl who was cursed into that form, and gives Link directions on how to find Zelda.
    • The Himekawa manga version of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time made a more sympathetic version of Volvagia. In the game, he is an ancient monster who devoured Gorons that Ganondorf revived to make an example of those who stand up to him. In the manga, Volvagia was Link's adorable pet dragon who was Brainwashed and Crazy after seven years, forcing Link to slay him.
    • In the manga adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: Four Swords Adventures by the same author, Shadow Link in the game is a pitch black Living Shadow who Zelda confirms is Made of Evil, and is ultimately destroyed by the Links. In the manga, Shadow Link has an inferiority complex, is sensed by Zelda to not be evil, and ultimately redeems himself by fighting Vaati.
    • The adaptation of The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap has Vaati redeeming himself at the end and returning to his master Ezlo. Double as Not His Sled because Minish Cap is supposed to be the prequel of Four Swords where Vaati is still a villain.
  • Lyrical Nanoha:
    • Chrono Harlaown was originally the antagonist back in Lyrical Toy Box. The Spikes of Villainy on his Barrier Jacket are all that remain of his former role in Lyrical Nanoha proper.
    • Of all people, Precia Freaking Testarossa becomes this in basically every Alternate Universe edition to the series. First there is the film adaptation of the first season which gives her some much needed Woobie points especially with her death scene wherein she realises that instead of treating Fate like a failed clone of Alicia she could have genuinely been her daughter instead. Then came The Gears of Destiny which showed Precia making peace with her Familar Linith as the two of them die. Finally, and most significantly, we have the INNOCENT manga wherein Precia lacks all of her evil traits entirely and instead shes a Doting/Embarrassing Parent to both Alicia and Fate. Proof that tropes are not bad as these various portrayals have gone a long way to making Precia more likable and tragic in the eyes of the fandom.
    • Jail Scaglietti also gets this in INNOCENTS where he is only a villain in a role-playing sense.
  • Mai-HiME:
    • Nao in the manga starts out as an enemy of the main heroes as a member of the Ori-Hime unit, then switches sides to becoming a reluctant ally instead of starting out as a rival, then becoming a reluctant ally, then becoming a villain and only joining the heroes at the end like she does in the anime.
    • Shizuru in the manga never goes Psycho Lesbian like she does in the anime.
  • In the Mai-Otome manga, this can be applied to the entire nation of Artai. While Nagi, the archduke, is quite the Jerkass, he never becomes the enemy of the main characters and dies saving Mashiro from the real Big Bad. As a result of this and Sergay being a completely different character here (which means she doesn't have her feelings for him come into play), Nina also stays on the heroes' side for the entire story.
  • This and the opposite trope are quite common in the Pokémon because it is Lighter and Softer than the games and runs on Black and White Morality.
    • In Best Wishes 2: Episode N, N is far more heroic than he is in the games, going from a rival that was manipulated by Ghetsis who has his own agenda alongside Team Plasma to an ally of Ash and his friends and actively trying to stop Team Plasma, which got Adaptational Villainy.
    • The English dub did away with certain unsavory aspects of characters, such as toning down how cocky Misty is about her looks.
    • When it comes to Pokémon themselves, a general rule of thumb is that if the Pokédex in the games describes them as violent, savage or sinister, then the series and/or movies will significantly downplay if not omit outright these traits (to the point where the show itself claims that no Pokémon is evil, as if it's a law of physics). Ghost-types and Dark-types like Gengar and Hydreigon get hit with this a lot.
    • Pokémon: Kyurem vs. The Sword of Justice depicts the "Swords of Justice" as noble heroes fighting to protect Pokémon and humans. This is a far cry from the games, where they hate humans and fought against them to protect Pokémon (and they're never referred to as the Swords of Justice).
    • Twice, Mewtwo undergoes this. The savage Blood Knight incapable of showing compassion to its foes is depicted as a more human Pokémon wondering about its place in the world, while another Mewtwo (yeah, don't ask) is even kinder, with a feminine voice, a greater empathy towards Pokémon and a downplayed dislike towards humans.
    • Downplayed example with Gladion: in the Pokémon Sun and Moon games, Gladion is an enforcer for Team Skull who is incredibly abrasive in conversation and a perfectionist in battle due to being disowned by Lusamine as a result of not wanting to follow her example. While his counterpart in the Sun and Moon series has shades of these traits, he is also shown to have a more noble attitude towards his relationships with people; such as treating Ash in a more friendly manner and fighting off Team Rocket and the recurring Team Skull grunts. He also doesn't seem to have any relation to Team Skull and has a different reason for running away from home, which may imply the anime version of the character may be an even more morally-gray rival than his video game counterpart.
    • Lusamine is another downplayed example, being a much kinder mother figure towards Gladion and Lillie than her game counterpart; and more absent and neglectful with her work at the Aether Foundation compared to her game counterpart, who disowned Gladion and Lillie for not wanting to follow her example and is a Corrupt Corporate Executive and Bitch In Sheep's Clothing.
    • The anime does this to the Aether Foundation in general, right up to making Ash and his friends-of-the-season members of it as the Ultra Guardians. In the games, Aether was morally grey under Lusamine, with several Employees acting like typical grunts during the invasion. This comes at the expense of giving Team Skull Adaptational Villainy.
  • Pokémon Adventures:
    • Silver undergoes this in the Gold and Silver arc. While both versions are a rival, Silver in Pokémon Gold and Silver is an all around nasty piece of work that steals his starter Pokémon and treats everyone he meets with animosity. In the manga, Silver initially displays these characteristics, but is forced to work together with Gold especially when they're captured by the Masked Man later on, and while both versions of the character stole their starter, the games' Silver did it for his own selfish purposes, whereas his Special counterpart did it so that it would help him in his mission to stop Masked Man.
    • Giovanni in the Red and Blue arc also acts in a polite manner towards Red that would be completely alien to his video game counterpart, and later on is portrayed as a better man and a better father than he is in the games.
  • In the Ranma ½ manga, Shampoo was a cold, Manipulative Bitch who had no problem toying with Ranma and even less so with wanting to kill Akane (though she's far from the only one in that regard). She still has a few shades of her manga counterpart in the anime, but she also shows much more genuine feelings for Ranma and goes out of her way to save Akane's life at one point.
    • In the manga, flanderization caused Ukyo to become more and more of a scheming, cold-hearted Jerk Ass as the stories went on, including partaking in several notorious Kick the Dog moments alongside Shampoo & Kodachi and blatantly abusing Konatsu, a minor character introduced in the last few volumes as a genuine Nice Guy who had a horribly abusive upbringing and who happens to be in love with her.
    • To a lesser extent, Kodachi also comes off as somewhat more sympathetic in the anime. In the manga, she seems to be more interested in Ranma as a plaything, but in the anime, her interest comes off as more sincere (albeit still delusional) and she has a number of Pet the Dog moments towards him.
    • Zigzagged with Akane. On the one hand, she's more short-tempered and abrasive in the anime than in the manga, but on the other hand, she's also far less of a dick in the anime than she is in the manga. In the manga, the hypnotic mushroom story had Akane accuse Ranma of trying to rape her, attacking him with lethal weapons, and pointedly clutching a shinainote  and giving him the evil eye. In the anime, she never does any of that and the story ends on a joke. Likewise, in the manga version of Hinako Ninomiya's introduction, she accuses Ranma of rape and is later shown selectively remembering their argument to make herself out as the good guy which she wasn't. None of this showed up in the anime.
  • Sailor Moon: The 90s anime played this trope mostly straight.
    • Nephrite ends up falling for Naru/Molly and sacrificing himself for her. In the manga, he's defeated handily in Sailor Jupiter's Debut Queue chapter.
    • As a result of the anime being Lighter and Softer, Dark Endymion acts as a Noble Demon who had a strict code of never hurting anyone innocent and often comes into conflict with Kunzite's questionable tactics because of it, so much that he teams up with the Sailor Guardians almost as much as he did before his brainwashing. The manga was more of a horror-tragedy (though it did have comedy), thus Endymion became a full-blown Card-Carrying Villain who targeted anyone if it could help him take down the Guardians. It also seriously looks as if Sailor Moon will have to kill her soulmate to save him.
    • The Black Moon Clan in R: they were changed from terrorists to descendants of terrorists, though they act exactly the same, murdering millions, if not billions, of innocent people, try to kill a six-year-old. Inverted with the Ayakashi Sisters, who actually cared for each other in the manga. In the anime, they're petty, vain, catty bitches who obsess over getting Rubeus' attention and only care about each other when it's time for their Heel–Face Turn. Though even then, the anime removed the scene from the manga where Koan murdered a little girl who accidentally saw her true form, which probably would've made her redemption impossible had it been kept.
    • Perhaps the most egregious example is Professor Tomoe, who becomes a Type II Anti-Villain. In the manga, he's a Mad Scientist whose entire motivation revolves around doing things For Science! and doesn't care about his daughter Hotaru. In the anime, he only made a Deal with the Devil and became a Deathbuster to save Hotaru.
    • The fourth season, SuperS, has yet another Inverted example. The Amazon Trio were monsters of the week in the manga. The anime came up with MacGuffins called dream mirrors to fuel the plot and decided to have the Trio, now promoted to a Quirky Miniboss Squad, have existential crises over their lack of dream mirrors and animal natures and befriend the heroes before reverting to their animal forms and being taken to a magical sanctuary. This would be all fine and dandy if their method of seeking dream mirrors didn't have creepy, rape-y undertones. All five of the main girls and the lead girl's boyfriend are targeted by them.
  • Sailor Moon Crystal follows the manga in establishing that the Shitennou were Good All Along and merely Brainwashed and Crazy; in this version they live long enough to break out of their brainwashing and revert to their good natures not once but twice (they also remember their master Endymion earlier than in the manga). Unfortunately, it doesn't do them a lot of good as the first time they are immediately re-brainwashed by Beryl and the second time Metalia suddenly offs them the moment they've outlived their usefulness.
  • Saint Seiya:
    • In the manga, Cygnus Hyoga is the one sent by the Pope with the mission of killing the other Bronze Saints, while in the anime he's always one of the good guys.
    • Capricorn Shura in the manga is fully aware of the Pope´s evil intentions and he follows him (alongside Cancer Deathmask and Pisces Aphrodite), but in the anime he genuinely thought that he was on the right side.
  • Miki is less confrontational in the School-Live! anime than she is in the manga. In the manga, she was introduced after the start instead of being a character from the get-go. She originally butted heads with Rii over whether they should be playing along with Yuki's delusions and with Yuki over the idea she is pretending to be mentally ill. In the anime, The Reveal that Megu-nee is a hallucination was done much later than in the manga, thus Miki couldn't argue about it.
  • In Sonic X, Dr. Eggman starts off an Affably Evil villain similar to the games before becoming more and more harmless, his scruples and respect for Sonic coming into play often, and spends most of the third season in Anti-Villain territory. This is even more prominent in the comic adaptation.
    • Sonic was also subjected to this in the comic, becoming more of a generic do-gooder hero. In the anime, he's somewhat of an Aloof Ally. An example of his comic characterization can be seen in the very first story, which has Sonic taking a request from President for helping in dealing with Eggman. In the anime, he's irreverent of authorities just like in the games, so he ignores any requests from the President and only fights Eggman on his own accord.
  • In the Soul Eater manga, it turns out Justin Law was The Mole, working for Asura. The anime diverges from the manga shortly before this plotline comes up, thus such a revelation never happened.
  • In Spider Riders, Aqune is basically pure-hearted. This could be jarring to anyone who read the original novels first where she was an unrepentant traitor.
  • Vampire Hunter D: In the novel Demon Deathchase, the Marcus clan were a group of vampire hunters that were nothing more than ruthless and amoral thugs that routinely raped their own sister, even the bedridden did it in the past. The animated adaptation Bloodlust ditches that aspect entirely and makes the brothers way more sympathetic and protective of their sister.
  • Variable Geo has Chiho acting on orders from her grandfather to go undercover at the tournament in order to spy on the Jahana Group's activities. In the Advanced V.G. series itself, Chiho doesn't get along with her grandfather and wants nothing to do with their clan. So she runs away to make a new life for herself.
  • In the Wedding Peach manga, Pluie was a loyal demon to the end and died when he tried to take Momoko with him by tackling her into a demon vortex. In the anime, he was nice enough to throw Momoko her ring back as he fell in and didn't actively try to make her fall in.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh!:
    • Yugi's Superpowered Alter Ego is generally played as a noble hero; in the original manga, especially early on, he's somewhere between a Sociopathic Hero and a barely-controllable Superpowered Evil Side.
    • The manga version of Seto Kaiba is a cold individual who, during the Death-T arc, is revealed to have acquired his Blue-Eyes White Dragons through less than honorable means and climbed the ladder at Kaiba Corp rapidly which resulted in his adoptive father Gozaburo being Driven to Suicide; and treats Yugi and his friends with his utmost bitterness (he even outright says he's disgusted by their friendship) and flat out tries to kill them. Even his younger brother Mokuba isn't safe from his abuse. In the anime, Kaiba initially displays the characteristics of his manga counterpart, but eventually softens by the Battle City arc and even helps Yugi and his friends in key moments. His worst acts from the manga as also removed so at worst he only comes off as an arrogant, selfish, Jerkass instead of a full blown villain.
    • Shadi in the manga and first anime is a Manipulative Bastard who has absolutely zero problem using innocent people as pawns. The version in the second anime has much more of a sense of honor and helps Yugi and his friends out more often. Not to mention that the two Millennium Items he had - the Key and the Scales - had the potential to be the most dangerous of them all. The Key allowed him to enter a person's mind and reconfigure the victim's personality any way he desired (making the victim his slave if he had to) while the Scales seemed to be a representation of the Scales of Maat, and could judge a sinner and not only kill him if his guilt was confirmed, but possibly condemn his soul. (Indeed, it's likely a good thing he held onto both of them.)
    • Pegasus in the anime ends up becoming something of an ally to Yugi's group, aiding them in both the Doma arc and the Pyramid of Light film. In this case, it's not really because of any major personality change, but because he outlasts his manga counterpart, who never lived long enough to undergo any similar development before dying.
    • Seto's younger brother Mokuba. Like Kaiba, his worst actions from the manga are removed where his early appearances he tried to kill Yugi and his friends. In the anime he's only briefly antagonistic and quickly gets on better terms with the main cast than his brother.
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX manga, Kaiser is far less of an Aloof Big Brother to Sho, and doesn't view him as untalented as much as being too concerned with his opponents' feelings to win (for example, throwing a duel because his opponent was getting upset). He also never becomes Hell Kaiser and is on the heroes' side the entire time.
  • Between the anime of Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V and its manga:
    • The anime version of Yuri is a psychotic asshole who wants to duel everyone and trap them in cards until he's the last person in existence. While the manga version of him is kind of an asshole, he's firmly a hero and will do anything to help and protect Yuya.
    • The anime version of Leo Akaba is neglectful of his son and is leading an army to conquer dimensions. The manga version of him has a good relationship with his son and is a good-natured scientist.

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