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  • Thanks to the Role Swap Plot basis of the Alternate Tail Series, former Fairy Tail antagonists Lyon, Gajeel, and Pantherlily start out as members of Fairy Tail instead of having to go through their Heel-Face Turns in canon.
  • In the school arc presented in A Triangle in the Stars, Bill and his friends band together to rescue Steven from Gabriel, with varying degrees of reluctance and of excitement.
    • Peridot is a lot more empathetic and kinder than how her canon self started out. And her go-to mindset is curiosity rather than violence.
  • In Ashes of the Past, Team Rocket head Giovanni is still a ruthless mob boss, but is also a Reasonable Authority Figure who tolerates failure if there is a clear and explainable reason (like agents going up against people completely out of their league), promotes heroic behavior to garner good PR for his organization, and considers losing his Persian more unforgivable than an attack on his position. As the story progresses, he begins to eschew his more megalomaniac plots on account of how unprofitable they are.
  • Up for debate if this is true with Godzilla in the Godzilla and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic crossover, The Bridge. While in most of the Toho and Legendary continuities he's more often just territorial animal lashing out rather than an intentional villain, he was only fully benign in the late Showa series back in the 60s and 70s. So far and according to Word of God, this Godzilla will be heroic after some misunderstandings are straighten out. It bears mentioning that this incarnation is the grown up Godzilla Jr. from the Heisei series, who was hatched by and was generally amicable towards humans, and thus was a gentler soul to smaller sentient creatures than his adoptive father.
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    • Due to Alternative Character Interpretation on the author's part, numerous villainous kaiju were given more heroic/redeemable traits.
      • When Xenilla a.k.a. SpaceGodzilla was shown to be in the story, many readers instantly assumed he was the Big Bad given the myriad of fan works putting him as such. As such his portrayal in The Bridge as an Anti-Hero at best and Ambiguously Evil at worst was a tad surprising. Then came chapter 30's revelation that all of his actions have been to protect Earth and his brother: first, his battle with his "father" Godzilla was because he'd had a vision of the elder monster destroying the world and was trying to prevent it from coming true. Afterward, in order to keep both the Earth and his brother safe, he deliberately cultivated a villainous persona in order to supply Junior and his allies with an enemy (himself) who would keep them from getting complacent (and to help Junior and his allies become strong enough to protect the world from even the most dangerous of threats), while also keeping the other, actually villainous mutations in line so they also wouldn't destroy the world, and was leading them toward their final destruction when the event that sent he and the others to Equestria happened. In short, he's been Good All Along.
      • Destoroyah's Ax-Crazy attitude has been tempered a bit due to a crystal formula courtesy of Xenilla and the Cutie Mark Crusaders starting to become her Morality Pet.
      • Gigan whose movie counterpart is frequently portrayed in fan works as Ax-Crazy as well as a Dirty Coward; but is portrayed in this story as a Punch-Clock Villain who fights for whoever keeps his body maintained. Also, see Villainous Friendship.
      • Monster X whose movie counterpart often gets a similar treatment and is thought of as sadistic as the original King Ghidorah. The Bridge version however is shown more as a Punch-Clock Villain who only fights because he does not remember having any other purpose. Also, see Villainous Friendship. Averted with Kaizer Ghidorah who serves as X's Superpowered Evil Side.
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    • On the ponies' side, Prince Blueblood is a little haughty, but a Reasonable Authority Figure. His Prince Charmless behavior in "The Best Night Ever" is explained as a jerk impersonating him. Does explain why Rarity seemed to like him again in "Sweet and Elite" if we're to believe that was the real one.
  • Brighthammer 40000 is a Lighter and Softer take on Warhammer 40,000. Naturally, examples of this abound.
    • For starters, let's examine this setting's equivalent to the Chaos Gods, the Lords of Order. While hardly "nice" in a mortal sense, they're far better than their canon counterparts, and in-universe considered overall benevolent even by their detractors. For example, Nurgle cures sickness instead of inflicting it, while Khorne is a god of honorable combat rather than wanton slaughter.
    • The Imperium of Man, meanwhile, is a far cry from the "Catholic Space Nazis" of the original setting. People are not forced to worship the God-Emperor on pain of death, Xeno subject races have freedom of travel and settlement, and mutants and psykers are not persecuted or mistreated simply for existing.
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    • The Emperor of Mankind is a much more benevolent ruler here, being more outwardly compassionate and heroic than his canon 40k counterpart, and was implied to be a good father figure for all the Primarchs. During the setting's equivalent of the Great Crusade, he let Horus and the traitor Primarchs sacrifice themselves during the Great Crusade by committing ritual suicide, as it allowed them to become Princes of Order and save the galaxy by countering the tyrannical influence of the corrupted Lords of Order, who were all bloated from the souls massacred by the Adepts of Unified Order. In addition, he has a goatee.
    • In this universe, Horus and the other traitor Primarchs didn't turn on the Imperium. Instead, they sacrificed themselves to prevent an endless, devastating war between the Imperium and the Lords of Order, and became Princes of Order who exist to counter the Lords of Order on the immaterial plane on the Imperium's behalf.
    • While they're still pretty brutal, the Orks have a good deal more nobility and restraint than they do in Warhammer. For example, they have a strong code against harming noncombatants, and any Ork who violates this rule can expect to be beaten within an inch of their lives. They're the lucky ones; non-Orks who break this rule are often singled out for particularly brutal deaths.
  • Btvs: Seasons Rewrite: In canon, Spike went through the Heel–Face Revolving Door and didn't truly begin to redeem himself until Season 5. During the Season 4 rewrite, he's considerably more heroic, and actively helps the Scoobies out against Adam.
  • Burning Bridges, Building Confidence has Chloe working to redeem herself rather than assuming that her stint as Queen Bee proves she's worthy of being a superheroine. While not particularly interested in mending fences with her classmates — at least not while they're all fawning over a Consummate Liar like Lila — she isn't bullying them anymore, and has reached out and tried making amends with others. Including Marinette, with whom she's tentatively built up a nascent friendship even before Cole shows up. She also openly acknowledges that since she outed herself to all of Paris, trusting her with the Bee again would be a risky move.
  • The Calvin and Hobbes: The Series finale episode "Black Rain" does this to the Slender Man, who takes out the Big Bad and secretly waves goodbye to the main heroes as they leave implying that he had been on their side the whole time.
  • Codex Equus:
    • Golden Scepter, despite being based on the Emperor of Mankind, is completely different from him in personality. The Emperor of Mankind was a well-meaning yet ruthless, xenophobic, and hypocritical Jerkass who loved humanity, but only for what it could be and never loved it on an individual level. He was also a neglectful parent who treated most of his Primarch children as little more than tools, and was abusive at worst. Golden Scepter behaved similarly during the Imperium era that took place after the "Twilight of the Alicorns", until he was betrayed and wounded by one of his own generals during a coup and had to be put in magical stasis to heal himself. After he was found by Luminiferous and Dazzleglow in the Second Age, he would undergo a long process of Character Development as The Atoner, wandering around Equus to learn from the examples set by both mortals and divines. The result was a truly benevolent Emperor, who settled down before the Fourth Age and founded the much smaller yet thriving Terran Empire, and became the father of several Semi-Divine sons.
    • Meanwhile, those of the Emperor's sons who betrayed him and became Traitor Primarchs in WH40k canon also became heroic in the Codexverse, as Golden Scepter Took a Level in Kindness that had a huge impact on how he raised his children.
      • Primarch Magnus the Red tended to be an Insufferable Genius, yet was loyal to his father despite the negative reputation he has as a psyker. He turned traitor in the Horus Heresy after a rather unfortunate combination of arrogantly pursuing even forbidden knowledge, the manipulations of the Chaos gods, and being censured and alienated by the Emperor's actions. Crimson Star, Magnus's Codexverse counterpart, also started out as an arrogant Insufferable Genius, until he was blinded saving a classmate in a carriage accident, and became rather depressed after realizing that he is now no better than those he once deemed beneath his intelligence. Thanks to the love and support of Golden Scepter, as well as those who genuinely cared for him, he would come out of his ordeals a much better and heroic person.
      • Primarch Horus Lupercal was originally the favored firstborn son of the Emperor of Mankind, until he turned traitor thanks to the manipulations of both Lorgar and the Chaos gods, making him think that the Emperor truly wanted to become a god and didn't care about the Primarchs at all. This created the Horus Heresy that tore the Imperium of Mankind apart. Here, as Blazing Hoof, he's a benevolent demigod Prince who never turned traitor, as his father, Golden Scepter, went through lots of Character Development that heavily influenced how he raised his sons.
      • Primarch Lorgar Aurelian would lose his faith in the Emperor of Mankind after a particularly brutal and humiliating incident (the complete destruction of Monarchia), which drove him to worship the Chaos Gods and orchestrate the Horus Heresy. Here, Written Word, Lorgar's Codexverse counterpart, was never driven to turn traitor because Golden Scepter, unlike the Emperor of Mankind, was a good father and thus was gentle in explaining to his son the folly of both his devotion and his actions. Because of this, Written Word would realize the true value of faith as a unifying and empowering force, and became a beloved Alicorn demigod hero who's also badass.
      • Perturabo would betray the Emperor of Mankind and side with Chaos after decades of being passed over in favor of Rogal Dorn, being unable to showcase his true skills as an engineer and architect and instead was stuck with the most grinding sieges during the Great Crusade, and being treated with dismissive contempt by most of his brothers. Here, as Steel Barricade, while he initially started out as an Insufferable Genius worse than Crimson Star, he eventually learned the value of humility and empathy after being exiled for instigating a particularly destructive duel against his older brother, Clear Voice, and after brutally murdering a corrupt Tauren Pony king and nobility in a fit of explosive rage. While he was left a stoic and cold Jerk with a Heart of Gold due to psychological trauma, his efforts to atone for his actions nonetheless led to him becoming a beloved and respected demigod Prince of the Terran Empire - which is partially thanks to Golden Scepter's influence on him as a father. Notably, one of Steel Barricade's deeds included attending the Hoofington Conference, where he and his brothers would present solid evidence on why Synthetic Automatons shouldn't exist for the anti-Synthetic Automaton side, "with all the effort and ability expected of an Alicorn demigod scion of Emperor Golden Scepter".
      • Primarch Angron had the Butcher's Nails implanted on him at a young age to turn him into a powerful gladiator. As a result, he became a bloodthirsty, rage-driven horror who put the Butcher's Nails on his own World Eaters legion, and was responsible for many war crimes and other atrocities. He also became one of the first Primarchs to side with Chaos, though part of the decision was influenced by Primarch Lorgar, who wanted to save his brother's life after learning that the Butcher's Nails were slowly killing Angron. By contrast, Red Blade was initially a shy yet kind foal who became a Bully Hunter to protect others from being bullied, only for him to become no different than the bullies he hunted when he left Crimson Star near death, unaware that Crimson Star wanted to die out of guilt. He eventually realized the error of his ways after witnessing the Poenan Pantheon's fanatical and zealous crusades, and instigating a revolution against a kingdom's tyrannical government that got too bloody and out of control, which motivated him to both control his anger and practice discipline and self-restraint.
    • Prince Blueblood in canon is a boorish Jerkass and Prince Charmless. In the Codexverse, he is a beloved war hero among his soldiers and a stallion completely dedicated to the well-being of Equestria and its people. His facades were his way of getting around the insidious and malignant members of Canterlot's nobility in order to do what he truly wanted. Beneath them, he's a very nice pony, if a bit cynical and pragmatic.
    • Sigvald the Magnificent is, to put it lightly, an incredibly depraved, sociopathic, cruel, and vain man who became Slaanesh's favored champion. Here, Prince Stoltur Skjöldur, who is based on Sigvald, is a very honorable and noble individual who upholds the oaths he makes and tests mortals with his Evil so they could be come strong enough to oppose Evil itself, even though by nature he is still an evil and depraved god thanks to being one of many divine and demi-divine sons of Pokhot, the Bogolenya Deer goddess of Lust and Pride.
  • In canon, Marianne vi Britannia fully supported Charles zi Britannia's Assimilation Plot and was killed by V.V. in a fit of jealousy. In Darwin, V.V. has her assassinated because she was hindering their Assimilation Plot by advocating against war with the E.U., claiming that after having won the war to install Charles as emperor, she'd had enough bloodshed for one lifetime.
    • Kewell is one of Lelouch's most loyal followers rather than a minor antagonist like canon.
  • Daughter of Fire and Steel: In the films and comics, Doomsday was a psychotic monster from the get go. Here, he started off as a valiant and heroic Kryptonian hero before the experiments that made him so unstoppable drove him mad.
  • In Death Seeker, Grima Wormtongue is revealed to have been under Saruman's thrall, so his treason against Rohan was not really his doing. After Gandalf frees him, he's wracked with guilt over what he did and immediately joins the Riders of Rohan. He eventually dies a heroic death trying to save Théoden from the Witch-King.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: The second story, Diplomat at Large, introduces the Siren trio from Rainbow Rocks. In the adaptation of that story, Aria Blaze and Sonata Dusk turn out to have been manipulated by Adagio Dazzle into working with her and allowing her to expand her influence as Lady of Hatred. When they're broken free, Aria is furious at her, and subsequently inherits the mantle of Hatred when Discord decides she's a good match for it. The two soon return to Equestria and are welcomed back, moving to the Crystal Empire so Aria can learn from and work closely with her Opposite, Princess Cadance.
  • Fade:
    • Light Yagami. Since his half of the story shows Kira's descent into madness, he outright refuses to become like Kira, sticking to killing only criminals who have been given the death penalty or have committed crimes that deserve such a punishment, and refraining from using innocent people to achieve his own ends.
    • Beyond Birthday, who wishes to stop L's reign as Kira and save Light.
  • In Frigid Future, Salza acts as a Noble Demon who willingly volunteers to be Cooler's sparring partner so that Cooler can become stronger, despite knowing full well that all that waits him are several No Holds Barred Beatdowns. Cooler even says that he won't show Salza any mercy, but he doesn't care. Even Gohan and Cooler were impressed by that.
    • Also, Cooler himself. While he always came off as less evil than his brother, and while still sharing the basic motivations and being just as evil as his anime counterpart, he's portrayed as much more sympathetic, reasonable and complex compared to the Card-Carrying Villain Evil Overlord of the original.
  • Rather than become a Serial Killer who joins the League of Villains, Himiko Toga in Green Tea Rescue is inspired by a chance meeting with Izuku to get into U.A. and become a hero, joining class 1-A and becoming close friends with the main cast.
  • In The Infinite Loops villains will sometimes start looping. Doing so will often cause them to stop acting villainous for a variety reasons, the biggest ones being that they realize their actions will have little if any actual impact and that they get the chance to see how things turn out because of their villainy. It helps that the Anchors of loops tend to be the heroes that villains are in conflict with and messing with Anchors is typically advised against due to higher risk to the loops than other actions, which usually leads to the Admins setting up Punishment Loops. (Killing an Anchor automatically ends a loop and Anchors are chosen based on emotional stability, so causing emotional pain is a very bad idea.)
  • In Justice League of Equestria: Gods and Monsters the MLP cast take the roles of certain DC characters, however certain villainous characters are given more heroic personalities, for example:
    • Toyman & The Trickster(Button Mash and his mother). Who are basically Anti-Heroes out for revenge and aren't interested in committing crimes unless they somehow hurt Black Mask’s business. When Black Mask is finally killed they retire, steal all of his money and relocate to another city.
    • Black Manta (Featherweight), who is actually Atlantis' ambassador.
    • While The Black Racer was never a villain to begin with in this version the Racer is The Flash via using Gilda's body after the coup on Apokalips in which the New Gods killed it's physical body there.
  • In King Of Thrones Viserys is a better person than in canon. Though he does struggle with his trauma.
    • King Robert has fun dueling, and becomes closer to Tommen and Myrcella. This leads him to try to be a better king.
  • Used in Mass Effect: Clash of Civilizations to highlight how much the timeline has been altered. Saren is a Politically Incorrect Villain and Knight Templar traitor in the games, but due to the altered timeline the Freudian Excuse and Reaper-contact that caused him to be that way never happened. Thus he's still a jerk, but now he's a Noble Bigot with a Badge at his worst and a Reasonable Authority Figure at his best.
  • Harry Potter story Cruciamentum Eternus has Lucius Malfoy - canonically known to be a Smug Snake, invoked-Karma Houdini, Screw the Rules, I Have Money!, racist Death Eater - systematically murdering Death Eaters and intending on assassinating Voldemort himself after Draco is murdered.
  • In The Last Daughter, Zod goes from a cruel general to helping Jor-El get Zara off of Krypton. He himself doesn't and gets killed when Krypton explodes.
  • In the Twilight fic "Luminescence", while Victoria still drinks human blood, after circumstances lead to her befriending Bella (even before she identifies Bella as her mate), Victoria agrees to Bella's conditions not to feed on women, children, or any of Bella's friends. As time goes on, Victoria not only steps in to protect Bella, but even finds it harder to just feed on random humans grabbed off the street, such as considering that an old man may have family who'll miss him, even if she never switches completely to a vegetarian lifestyle.
  • EVA Sessions: Someplace Vast and Dry: Gendo runs NERV strictly as an agency to defend humanity against The Others, without any ulterior motives.
    • Back in Antarctica, Gendo assumed leadership of the Katsuragi Expedition immediately after his friend Dr. Katsuragi was killed at Ground Zero of The Event, and organized the successful evacuation of all surviving scientists; in contrast, canon Gendo was instructed by SEELE to leave one day before Dr. Katsuragi unknowingly triggered Second Impact.
  • Evangelion 303:
    • Gendo...barely. He's still up to something and probably gunning for revenge against SEELE, but here, at least he's working to knowingly save lives instead of turning everyone into orange juice.
    • Kaworu and Rei are a bit straighter of an example. Instead of being Angels, they're all flesh-and-blood humans and genuinely desire to use the Evangelion project for good.
  • Garble is still a pony-hating Jerkass in The Fallen, but he now has a Freudian Excuse: He hates how ponies have always gotten everything they ever wanted while his kind have to struggle for survival every day. He also refuses to go along with the Big Bad's Evil Plan.
  • In Freeze on the Stones, Regina's canon role is given to her mother, Cora. Instead of being the first Big Bad, Regina's now a hero who loves Snow White and wants to protect her and her family.
  • Gunter of the Adventure Time fan fiction Adventure Time: Frozen Hearts is noticeably a lot more nicer and loyal to her master, the Ice King than the mischievous, rebellious and disloyal penguin that we see in the source material. Case in point, she is the one who stops the fight between Finn and Ice King, becomes angry when Simon is kidnapped by a group of humans which prompts her to use the demonic wishing eye to save him, and gives both blankets and shades of red to Marceline when she is waiting for Simon's frozen hibernation.
  • The Emperor of Warhammer 40,000 was an Anti-Hero at best, and a Type III Anti-Villain at worse (and a hypocritical Jerkass either way). The Emperor/Princess Celestia of The God Empress of Ponykind is much more noble and heroic, and more willing to admit when she is wrong (sometimes to unhealthy extremes).
  • Gilda in the Harmony's Warriors, who in canon is a jerk, but in this setting is the counterpart to Wolverine and an Anti-Hero.
  • In "The Honest Solution", a couple of characters from "Rapunzel" get this treatment.
    • Rapunzel's father, rather than stealing from the witch, asks her to give his wife some of her crop.
    • Instead of forcing the father to agree to give Rapunzel to her, the witch only requests that she be allowed to care for the girl when her parents are unavailable.
  • Hope of the Shield Hero: The Three Heroes in canon were all Idiot Heroes at best and The Poorly Chosen One at worst, being Destructive Saviors in their attempts at a short-sighted chance at living out a hero fantasy. While Motoyasu is mostly unchanged, both Ren and Itsuki are far less gullible, far less of a dick to Naofumi and each have a Break the Haughty moment that makes them more worthy of their titles.
    • Ren Amaki, while he was the Token Good Teammate among the Three Heroes, his character flaw of being an Ineffectual Loner still made him The Poorly Chosen One, resulting in poor teamwork amongst his party. He also became a Destructive Savior as a result of slaying Gaelion and leaving his body to rot, and he did believe Malty and the Church's flimsy accusations against Naofumi. Here in this story, Ren treats Naofumi with more kindness, giving him the benefit of the doubt after seeing Myne get in bed with Motoyasu. He also learns that Gaelion was an innocent dragon and adopted father immediately after striking the fatal blow on him, causing him to recruit Wyndia into his party to atone for his mistake as well as to give Gaelion a proper burial (averting the Dracolich problem that occurred in canon), and it allows him to learn to work alongside his team.
    • Itsuki Kawasumi in canon was an egotist who cared more about the fame and glory he could receive as a hero, causing him to commit seemingly heroic acts that only proved detrimental to people in the long runnote , and refusing to take responsibility for it. It takes being betrayed by his party members, falling victim to the Curse Series, and being saved and taken care of by Rishia for him to get his act together. Here, Itsuki gets more Pet the Dog moments and takes Raphtalia's words about helping slaves to heart, allowing him to root out corruption in Melromarc and save innocent Demihuman slaves, as well as finding a party that is genuinely heroic and loyal to him. Perhaps the most noticeable change is how Itsuki treats Rishia, growing to care for her far earlier than in canon, showing remorse and concern when he accidentally injures her, and being relieved when she's healed whereas Pre-Character Development Itsuki in canon abandoned her for being an inconveniencenote .
  • How To Drill Your Way Through Your Problems: Bakuda, now second in command of Team Neo-Gurren, was rescued from the ABB before she did any of the villainous things she did in canon. As a result of Will's influence, she seems to have developed a more heroic use for her ego, even choosing to spare Lung's life after defeating him.
    • One could make the case for Mouse Protector, seeing as in canon she would have become Murder Rat thanks to the Slaughterhouse Nine. Thanks to the appeal of giant robots, she remains a hero.
  • If the Emperor Had a Text-to-Speech Device: While the Emperor's dickishness is much clearer in this series, and quite pronounced at that, he actually cares about his Primarch as his children, and loves them just like they were his natural sons (though he's still a particularly shitty father). Back in the Black Library books, it's been revealed he never cared about them in canon, at least not as anything more than powerful, yet expendable tools in his conquests.
  • It's not the Raptor DNA:
  • Jaune got eleven waifus pregnant:
    • Whitley Schnee is portrayed not as the Bitch in Sheep's Clothing he is in canon, but as a caring, upstanding young man who loves his sisters, no matter how much he may tease them. When his father disowns Weiss, he responds by exposing his unethical practices and having him thrown in prison. Once he takes over the SDC, he puts an end to the company's corrupt and abusive practices. He even builds a massive, luxurious mansion for his sister, her husband Jaune, Jaune's other wives, and all their children.
    • Cinder, Emerald and Neapolitan are far better than they were in canon, being three of Jaune's loving wives.
  • In Kingdom Crossovers, Zim is now The Atoner, having reformed two years before the start of the fic.
  • The Kirita Chronicles:
    • While Kayaba Akihiko remains the Big Bad of this story, his more humane side is explored. He saves the lives of a few players and seems to have a soft spot for some of them, especially Kirita.
    • Neither Johnny Black or XaXa have been introduced as members of the Laughing Coffin, and they appear to be relatively decent people.
    • Unlike Kuradeel's somewhat psychotic canon version, this version was willing to save people's lives during his introduction. He has been going through Sanity Slippage and Took a Level in Jerkass due to the death of his best friend, however he still seems to care about the people he considers friends.
    • Akio the genderbent version of Asuna, is a downplayed example because while Asuna was a good person in canon, Akio is much nicer than Asuna was from the start.
  • Kings of Revolution has some examples:
    • Gil Graham. Justified as he has now become the The Atoner after falling for the tricks set by the Big Bad.
    • Quattro. After being nearly killed, falsely accused of being a traitor and learning that her idol, Due has been compromised, she Took a Level in Kindness in hopes of getting revenge against the Big Bad.
    • Sette. Once loyal to Tre, even when being sentenced to an orbital prison in canon, she has been programmed to switch loyalties. Her new master? The Black Knights.
  • Some characters in Kitsune no Ken: Fist of the Fox get a complete personality makeover in contrast to their original personalities in Naruto. Specific examples include Kabuto, who in this story is the benevolent retainer to the Hyuga family and a Shipper on Deck for Naruto and Hinata (in canon, he's The Dragon to Orochimaru and definitely not a trustworthy person); Uchiha Fugaku, the head of the Uchiha Zaibatsu and a caring father to Sasuke as well as a decent guy in general (canon Fugaku was emotionally distant from Sasuke and was planning to start a coup together with the rest of the Uchiha clan); and even Orochimaru, who's simply doing his job as a defense attorney in getting Mizuki's goons out on bail but is otherwise not shown to be malicious (canon Orochimaru, besides being a major antagonist for most of the series, is a Mad Scientist and Bad Boss to his own henchmen).
  • Linked in Life and Love: Raven, Yang's mother, is a much more heroic figure in the fic than in canon. Here, she actually had a good reason for leaving, and once she returned to her Bandit Clan she reformated it into a respected company specializing in mercenary work. And when she hears Yang is in trouble, she immediately throws everything aside to help—unlike in canon, where she dismissed Yang's trauma as not her problem.
  • In Mauling Snarks, a major Alternate Universe element is the Slaughterhouse Nine, while still retaining their canon Dreaded reputation as roving serial killers, are actually a secret PRT-allied therapy group for capes with exceedingly violent power urges. Jack Slash, in fact, was the one who turned the entire group once he got rid of King.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race, Proto Man is a more heroic character than his Ruby-Spears self.
  • Mega Man Recut has several of the Robot Masters, but Enker, Galaxy Man, and Ra Thor are probably the most notable.
  • Monster Island Buddies: Gigan is still one of the villains, but rather than being a Psycho for Hire who chops opponents For the Evulz he is an adorably nerdy Punch-Clock Villain who even wants to be friends with Godzilla, his supposed enemy.
  • To a degree in A Monster's Nature; Brandon is still primarily using his powers for his own benefit with the relatively unrefined goal to "take the world", but where he was willing to crash a plane to conceal three deaths in canon, it's significant that he goes to great lengths to try and protect Caitlyn when fighting the android AN-3.
  • Nightwing: The Series gives this to Deathstroke. While he initially appears to be as brutal as his comic book counterpart that keeps the Never Hurt an Innocent ideas, it turns out that most of his high-profile victims were responsible for the military experiments that turned him into the proficient killer he is, and are implied to have made him kill children, causing a Roaring Rampage of Revenge. When Slade confronts the last of his victims, he looks like he's about to break down into tears over this. He also favourably compares Nightwing to his son Grant during their last conversation, although we never find out why he views them as alike, since he gets shot in the head by Jason Todd.
  • In the Carrie fic Carrie: Coronation, Carrie gets a chance to be a hero when a school shooting interrupts the original plans for Chris's prank, allowing Carrie to use her powers to protect the other students.
  • Hans in the first installment of the MRA Trilogy, for a given value of "heroic": he was an MRA agent out to rape and enslave Queen Elsa and Anna, his failure treated with sympathy by the cast. The second installment has a more weird example: while the Reapers are on the same side as the organic alien races, conspiring with the Asari to make a "femnazi empire". Though the story treats them as evil, the worst they do is shout "CHECK YOUR FUCKING PRIVILEGE", so they'd have been fully redeemed in just about any other fanfic.
  • In Harry Potter, Marge Dursley is Vernon's sister and acts even nastier to Harry than the Dursleys. My Nephew Harry, a fanfic by Lucillia, gives her more understandable motives for her nastiness. She is portrayed as having been hardened by her own upbringing into a woman who supports Tough Love. She thus mistreats Harry based off the lies told by Petunia and Vernon. When she learns the truth, she hits the wall, and starts giving Harry the love he deserves.
  • Mysterious Encounter makes Lovrina an unwilling accomplice to Cipher's plans and also makes her a traitor to them. In the game it is based on, Lovrina is a Cute and Psycho willing member.
  • Necessary To Win does this with Black Forest from Girls und Panzer. It's suggested that Erika and those who also criticized Miho's decision to save her teammate are not necessarily the majority in Black Forest, but the most vocal group. There are several others who support Miho's decision, even if they're not entirely vocal about it. Maho is a minor case, as her more benevolent motivations are more openly touched upon here.
  • The titular character of Petunia Evans, Tomb Raider. Instead of marrying Vernon Dursley and becoming the overbearing shrew of an aunt to Harry Potter, she instead goes to boarding school, studies archaeology, and is hired by Gringotts to be a Tomb Raider who takes great joy in raising her nephew as a single aunt. Once she slowly comes to terms with her envy over not having magic, she even hooks up with Sirius. Oh, and she regularly takes on zombies, mercenaries and Sand Drakes with Guns Akimbo, enchanted mines, and RPGs.
  • In Perfection is Overrated, the story diverges from canon around the time the Himes are manipulated into attacking Nao. As such, Nao and Shizuru do not undergo their Face Heel Turns as in canon, until one of the SUEs alters their personalities, resulting in Natsuki having to fight each of them. Nao ends up as an Anti-Hero who ultimately ends up questioning herself and taking a level in kindness, and while Shizuru finds herself doubting herself over her feelings for Natsuki, she ultimately comes to terms with them.
  • The Star Trek: Enterprise fic "Familiar Strangers" does this to a degree for the Enterprise-generation Mirror Universe; when Hoshi Sato finds herself in that universe through a transporter accident (with her counterpart having been killed long before she could join the crew), the Mirror Archer proves to be a more reasonable individual, listening to Hoshi's insight and showing greater pragmatism than his canon counterpart's desire to just kill everyone he didn't like.
  • In Reflections Asch is given this treatment, going from an Anti-Hero Guest-Star Party Member who more often than not made things worse due to his stubborn refusal to cooperate and lashing out constantly at Luke to a genuine heroic individual, if a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, who will tear you apart if you lay a hand on Luke. He even ditches his Static Character status and gets Character Development that lets him ditch the worse of his jerkass behaviour.
  • Crossover fanfiction Point Me At The Skyrim has Invictus and Sevitus. Unnamed NPC guards in the game, here they both prove vital in helping Victoria navigate around Skyrim in her initial travels.
  • Pokémon Reset Bloodlines:
    • Lt. Surge goes from the bullying jackass of the anime to a friendly, respectful guy, bringing him more in line with the version from the games.
    • Erika, while retaining some issues originating with her anime self, shows herself to be friendlier and less restrictive than her anime self was.
    • BW Rials Burgundy and Georgia are no longer antagonistic and appear in moral and helpful takes on their pettier roles in the original series.
    • Per Pocket Monsters: The Animation, Ash's grandfather was like Ash's father, his son-in-law, in having left the family and never come back, leaving his wife, Ash's grandmother alone to run the family restaurant and raise Delia, which left Delia with resentment at him (and her husband). In Reset, he is very much present in his family's life and hates Ash's father for having left, though he dies of a stroke before Ash is born and Delia does admit she and him did not have the best relationship, though it is clear she still loves him in a way she did not in the above light novel.
    • The average Aether Foundation member is shown to lack the air of fakeness that they had in canon to some extent and are fully devoted to helping Pokemon. They just happen to have Faba around, and their president is currently high on crazy venom from another dimension.
    • While always a sympathetic character, Doctor Fuji is treated more sympathetically and less villainous than his canon self with no interest in having Mewtwo run around and blow stuff up. Then he dies because Mewtwo gets out and blows stuff up.
    • Despite original appearances, the Hypno of Three Island isn't malevolent like the games somewhat hinted.
      • A Reset original character got this when adapted to another work by the author: in Shudo cross Modern Ash: The League Refocused 20 Gyarados Bill is mentioned as a Professor and one of the world's leading sociologists. Similarly a immigrant in reverse, Electra Artisan is not depicted as corrupt and money focused as she was in the original fic when a version of her showed up in Reset Bloodlines.
  • Since the major nail in Precipice is that Anakin never followed Mace Windu to Palpatine's office, he never led the attack on the Jedi Temple and instead defended it, averting his fall to the Dark Side.
  • In The Prayer Warriors, Luke Castellan from Percy Jackson and the Olympians is inexplicably on the heroes' side, despite being the canonical traitor in Camp Half Blood, and Draco Malfoy is a "secret Christian" at Hogwarts. This is odd, as most of the other villains from canon are also the Prayer Warriors' enemies.
  • In Spider-X, Tabitha and Lance were always more tentative members of the Brotherhood, but here they explicitly 'defect' to Xavier's along with Wanda after learning that Magneto intended to use Mastermind to brainwash her if Wanda didn't side with the Brotherhood on her own.
  • As Danganronpa 3 has made clear, Mikan Tsumiki was the first to fall into despair and side with Junko Enoshima. In The PreDespair Kids, she actually sees through Enoshima's manipulations, but pretends to side with her in order to work from the inside and stop her plan.
  • Quickstrike in Predacons Rising. The original was a Dumb Muscle Psycho for Hire. The version in Predacons Rising is a Noble Demon with a sense of honor and compassion towards his comrades and, in the end, gets a Heel–Face Turn.
  • Quicken: In canon, Emma was a bully. Here she’s an Anti-Hero. She picked a fight with a group of neo-Nazis because they were beating someone up and forced an enforcer to leave a girl alone.
  • Robb Returns: Though still an opportunistic cutthroat, Bronn is both much more sincere and loyal than what he really is in the books, to the point where he asks to legitimize Ursula Stone, the bastard of the man whose keep he now owns. The fact that he's serving Lord Arryn, who's happily supplied him land and titles as he's wanted, likely helps.
  • Quite a few Soul Eater fics prefer to have Crona and Ragnarok remain in Shibusen like in the anime as opposed to going back to Medusa as antagonists like in the manga. Breaking Point and Soul Eater: Troubled Souls are two such examples that take advantage of that.
  • Stallions Of Harmony Verse: Sunset Shimmer who in canon was Princess Celestia's evil former student and the Big Bad of Equestria Girls is instead Twilight's best friend and fierce academic rival.
  • The Stalking Zuko Series
    • Mai's parents, especially her father. In the "Rebound" comic, Mai's father is completely loyal to Ozai and is trying to get his children to join him in the New Ozai Society, angry at having lost his job. This continues in "Smoke and Shadow," and while he does a Heel–Face Turn in the end, he's committed enough crimes to go to prison for a long time. In here, it's indicated that his job is the reason why he couldn't be as close to Mai as he'd hoped. He flats out quits his job to work in his brother's factory, while high-paying is not as prestigious, in the hopes that he would more time to rekindle his relationships with his family.
    • Zig-zagged with the Southern Water Tribe. On the one hand, they're shown as more misogynistic than they are in canon. On the other, they don't seem to have any extremists like Gilak, and the North is shown as the more unreasonable side during the peace talks, due to being condescending toward the South and overly willing to punish their defeated enemies.
  • In the Undertale Alternate Universe Fic Storyshift, Sans!Chara is a lot friendlier than their canon counterpart. However, a bonus entry where Papyrus!Asriel becomes king (bear in mind this involves you killing both their adoptive parents) starts to look a little familiar.
  • Sunset of Time stars Sunset Shimmer. While her canon counterpart was an arrogant and power-hungry Alpha Bitch, this Sunset is kind, noble, and a loyal student to her mentor Twilight. Reversed into Adaptational Villainy with Sunset's past self, Vesper Radiance — she's a murderous and insane psychopath looking to kill Celestia (and anyone else who gets in her way), conquer Equestria, and rule it as a Physical God.
  • Kin in Teenage Jinchuriki Shinobi starts off as a minor villainess like her canon counterpart, but was given a shot at redeeming herself after having a small talk with Splinter of how Orochimaru basically used her her entire life, while she dies in canon.
  • Touhou Ibunshu does this to about half the cast, presumably to balance out the Adaptational Villainy of the other half. Reimu and Marisa go from selfish violent jerks to instead being genuinely heroic, Yuyuko, Suika, and the entire Eientei Cast Herd are not antagonists (Yuyuko in particular almost reaches Purity Sue levels), and minor characters like Keine, Alice, Chen, and Ran assist the protagonists instead of fighting them.
  • Most of the recurring villains in the Breath of Fire fanfic War of the Dragons, where the added personalities they get present most of them as either a Noble Demon, Affably Evil, Punch-Clock Villain, Brainwashed and Crazy, while also suffering from a vision given to them by Myria that compels them to carry it out if even they feel it's morally wrong. The one exception is Myria herself, she's portrayed as being '''FAR''' more evil than in the game having the Start of Darkness for each of them, all while convincing them they were acting on a vision from Ladon.
  • Played with in When it Rains with Chrysalis. While she's far more benevolent and kinder than her canon counterpart, a flashback implies she used to be evil.
  • While Teth Adom still initially suffered from Deliberate Values Dissonance, he's less violent and more open-minded in With This Ring than his comics counterpart. He was a Kahdaqi pharaoh who proved himself worthy of Shazam through his actions as a Warrior Prince and ruled as a beloved monarch for 80 years. He also pretty legitimate reasons to hate the wizard Shazam. He was trying to form an ancient equivalent of the Justice League with other monarchs to deal with rising threats and Shazam believed that he was trying to become a conquering despot.
  • In Wonderful!:
    • Due to Taylor's influence, Sophia becomes somewhat more heroic and less unpleasant than her canon self.
    • Emma doesn't become a psychotic bully after being attacked by the ABB gang, and she becomes a hero later on.
  • In Zeus' Godly Goodtime, Zeus wants to improve his relationship with Kratos and bears no ill will towards him. Kratos considers Zeus to be very embarrassing.
  • In Sonic X: Dark Chaos, the Metarex were changed from a group of faceless robots trying to destroy the galaxy to a group of Well Intentioned Extremists who want to kill Tsali and rebuild the Seedrian species by any means necessary.
  • In Persona EG:
    • Chrysalis, unlike her canon counterpart who invaded Canterlot to steal its love energy to power herself and her subjects, is just a normal business woman who was recently disgraced and outed from her CEO position. She is later welcomed to Canterlot High with open arms when Flash Sentry figures out a way to help her by making her the school's new tennis coach after the old one quits.
    • Sonata Dusk, is just a regular teenage girl instead of an evil siren. She is devastated by the deaths of her sisters and loss of her voice. She is overjoyed to have friends who care about her and support her through her hard times.
  • In Portal 2: The Unauthorized Musical, the Cores, who were largely passive in the game, take on a more active role in the boss fight against Wheatley. Special mention goes to the Space Core, who physically drags Wheatley through the portal into space.
  • The Rango fic Old West turns Rattlesnake Jake from a Psycho for Hire Noble Demon into an Unscrupulous Hero with a traumatizing backstory and capacity for intermittent moments of compassion.
  • Frequently seen with anyone playing the Crusader Kings II: Game of Thrones Mod. Reducing Stupid Evil to Pragmatic Villainy is common (and, well, pragmatic), while those really eager to screw with canon history will go out of their way to make the likes of Gregor Clegane and Tywin Lannister genuinely heroic figures, just to prove they can.
  • madsthenerdygirl's MCU Rewrites: In the rewrite of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Pietro and Wanda Maximoff are given more heroic qualities pre-Heel–Face Turn compared to how they are in the movie:
    • Pietro expresses disgust towards working with HYDRA (even calling them 'Nazi asses' in a conversation with Wanda) and tries to convince Wanda that they should not team up with Ultron, asking her how many lines they must cross to take revenge on Tony Stark and if it is all worth it.
    • Wanda, unlike in the movie, does not intentionally cause The Hulk to go on a rampage and is horrified at her actions when Hawkeye tells her that she made The Hulk lose control and is headed for the city where he will hurt innocent people.
  • Equestria Girls: Friendship Souls: Discord is a great deal more noble than the one we got on the show, even after his Heel–Face Turn. He's even The Atoner for all the bad things he did in the past and is the closest thing Sunset and the human five have to a mentor.
  • In Change, Queen Chrysalis is not an evil queen at all. She is kind and caring and wants for all of her subjects to be healthy and happy, including her own daughter. She only invades Canterlot to gather love energy for her hive and save Twilight's life, not to conquer the land. She even tells the others where to find the real Cadance when the invasion is over.
  • A Brighter Dark: A fanfic of Fire Emblem Fates.
  • Sylvanas Windrunner and Onyxia are both considerably more heroic in Wizard Runemaster. Onyxia changes from The Vamp to a caring mother whose manipulations in Stormwind are instead a result of Varian's jerkassery. Sylvanas is canonically somewhere between Anti-Hero and Anti-Villain, Depending on the Writer who pulls morally questionable acts such as developing a new plague and betraying Garithos. Here she's an outright hero, though a practitioner of Good Is Not Soft, who only intended the plague to be a weapon of last resort and killed Garithos because he planned to betray her.
  • This trope is half the premise of The Rainsverse: Chrysalis and Sombra are (as far as we can tell) Big Goods, and the six Knights of Harmony are all ponies who were villains in the Celestiaverse.
  • Fallout: Europa: The Brotherhood of Steel is much less ambiguous as they were in Fallout 4 which likely comes from the fact that, with the threat of a giant Super Mutant army closing in on all human settlements, they have a much clearer enemy to fight.
  • The infamously bizarre Total Drama Fan Film William Country does this with Chris McLean. In the source material, Chris was a sadist who loved messing with the campers' collective heads, used interns to test out the contests he'd use for them during the reality show (and cared very little if the contests killed said interns...which it did often) and was just generally a huge jerk to everyone. Here, he's depicted as a genuinely nice guy who wants the campers to have fun, gives them (mostly) harmless challenges to complete and promises that everyone (not just the winners) will be rewarded under the condition that they finish the challenges "early".
  • In Between the Mountain and the River, Sybok's counterpart is far more balanced and reasonable than his Prime incarnation, and on a planet where There Are No Therapists his philosophy of embracing emotion and confronting pain begins to serve a beneficial purpose. He also becomes a valuable ally to Jim and Spock.
  • LXG Tempest Rewrite:
    • James Bond is no longer a sociopathic magic-hating rapist, but a secret Torchwood agent doing his part to save humanity (although still a womanizing Smug Snake)
    • Harry Potter is no longer the Antichrist, but a Paragon worthy of Excalibur.
    • In the comic, Paul Bunyan is shown to be part of Prospero’s unleashed horrors; here, he fights against the eldritch monsters
  • Downplayed, as while he did eventually become a good guy late into Race to the Edge, here Dagur the Deranged in The Berserkers Bride shows his devotion to his wife fairly early on and is essentially a protagonist the whole time (albeit the "Chaotic Neutral Blood Knight" type of protagonist).
    • In the series, the Skrill plays antagonist for most of its appearances (also downplayed in that it becomes neutral to the riders in its latest appearance). Here, Hiccup manages to train it, befriend it and name it "Maelstrom", becoming Dagur's dragon.
  • In Thanks Kyubey, the main difference from canon is that Kyubey isn't a manipulative, callous Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist; but an honest, sympathetic and genuinely helpful Mentor Mascot.
  • It's hard to call it heroism, considering the Blue-and-Orange Morality from their original series, but the Shadows in A Thin Veneer are far less outright malevolent than in canon. Part of this can be attributed to the elder races from the Alpha Quadrant convincing them that, although their treatment of the younger races wasn't right, the younger races deserved far more credit for their potential than the Shadows were giving them, and that the Federation's inclusiveness does not necessarily contradict their own Social Darwinist beliefs. The Shadows leave soon after, not involving themselves in the conflict between the Minbari and the Federation/Earth Alliance coalition.
  • A Different Fate
    • In return for being freed from the Dark Realm's pull, Tiger Lily forced the Black Fairy to try and free Rumplestiltskin from the dark curse. As a result, the Black Fairy is portrayed less like a For the Evulz Madwoman and as someone who is genuinely trying to do something good. She takes a liking to Belle and even gains Tinker Bell as an ally who, after helping Nova reunite with Grumpy, unceremoniously quits as a fairy, leaving before the Blue Fairy could take her wings and wand away.
    • Because Cora was eliminated before she could goad Regina's Start of Darkness, Rumplestltskin could never get to corrupting Regina and had to resort to Zelena. As a result, Zelena was the one who murdered Snow White's father and Daniel, causing Regina to run away with Snow White as a fugitive and never become the Evil Queen.
  • In the X-Men: Evolution fic "Wanda's Life", Wanda is found and rescued from the asylum by Xavier, with the result that she is basically the third member of the X-Men after Scott and Jean, and even ends up dating Kurt.
  • Rise of Mariposa
    • In canon, Stoneheart is a super villain created by Hawk Moth praying on Ivan's insecurities and corrupting him with his miraculous. Here, Stoneheart was created with Marinette as the butterfly miraculous wielder with the intentions of protecting Mylene from Harlequin.
    • In canon, Chloe was turned into Anti-Bug, a super villain designed to be an Evil Counterpart to Ladybug with the purpose of stealing her and Chat Noir's miraculouses. Here, Mariposa turns her into Se Rallier, a princess-esq Champion who converts those around her into her loyal knights with the purpose of fighting off Harlequin.
  • Rise of Paonne and Renard Rouge: Gabriel Agreste was a Kid Hero and wielder of the Peacock Miraculous. Justified, since the fanfic started long before the reveal that Gabriel was Hawk Moth.
  • Examples from the There Was Once an Avenger from Krypton series:
    • Verdona's reasons for leaving Earth and her family behind are far more noble here, as she sensed a looming threat on the horizon and left to face it to keep Earth safe.
    • Chloe in this verse is actively trying to atone for her bad behavior and doesn't suffer from Aesop Amnesia like she did canonically.
    • Saiyans in general, while not exactly nice people, are far from the psychopaths they were touted as in DBZ canon.
    • Raditz is a bounty hunter and has a stable relationship with his siblings compared to the canon Cain to Goku's Abel.
    • The Red Ribbon Army are re-imagined as a robotics company and not a terrorist organization.
  • The Steven Universe fanfic We Are The Chatroom Gems has a few examples:
    • Bismuth in the original was a Knight Templar who got poofed by Rose Qurtz for wanting to kill the Diamonds. Here she's simply a close friend of Rose.
    • Sugilite in the original was well intentioned, but incredibly violent to the point of attacking Pearl. Here she's another friend and in a relationship with Sardonyx and Opal.
    • Though YMMV on how evil Blue Diamond is, Azura just has depression, and is shown to be more tolerant and open minded than Yella.
  • Light Yagami is given this treatment in Innocent and Proven Guilty. Since he never got the Death Note, he never became Kira, and is actually trying to figure out the identity of this universe's equivalent. While he's an antihero (part of his motivation for trying to catch Kira is to get the better of L), he's nevertheless disturbed by the number of people supporting Kira, and is completely genuine when he says he'd get revenge on Kira if they were to hurt his family.
  • Jason Todd in Young Justice: Darkness Falls. Remember how the original Jason Todd went Jumping Off the Slippery Slope after his resurrection? Well in this fic, Jason, while still not a good guy in the same way The Team and the League are, still stands to fight The Light and use his gang to fight criminals. The fact that he was injured disarming a bomb of Two-Face's rather than getting beaten to death by The Joker might have also helped. In fact, this fic actually has Jason and Bruce reconcile and come to an understanding at least.
  • In the Game of Thrones fanfic, The Young Stag, several characters are given this treatment.
    • Arya Stark is portrayed as an Unscrupulous Hero on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge in both the books and the TV show. Here, her character arc is all but absent, making her much more heroic and kinder as a result.
    • Cersei Lannister. While still very much one of the main antagonists, her redeeming quality is her unconditional love for her children. However, in the TV show and books, her love for them is a twisted form of narcissism, as she loves having children become miniature versions of herself instead of being individuals. Here, her love is portrayed as more genuine, and also extends to Steffon, who inherited the looks of House Baratheon, indicating that he is Robert's son, not Jaime's.
    • Stannis Baratheon. He's still The Stoic character we know him as, but acts more like a Cool Uncle towards our protagonist, Steffon. He believes in equality among the common people, and shows a softer, more understanding side around his friends and family. Not campaigning for the Iron Throne probably helps as well.
  • War of the Biju: In this fic, Obito was never designated as Madara's successor and thus is not Tobi. The Tobi in this fic kills him for his eye, preventing him from ever making a Face–Heel Turn. Obito's heroism is firmly established when Kabuto revives an artificially aged-up version of him during the war and forces him to fight against Kakashi and his batallion.
  • One Punch Gamer also has a good version of Slender Man. While he originally appeared as a quest boss in SAO (and thoroughly traumatized poor Argo), afterwards he lives in the woods behind Kirito and Asuna's log cabin (in both SAO and ALO), and is friends with Yui (she gives him cookies). He even helps out in the final battle against the Big Bad. It is strongly implied that Slendy is not a game character, but is actually the real thing, somehow inside the games.
  • Griffith gets this treatment in Absent Injury. Not only is it clear that the events of the Eclipse didn't happen in this continuity, he's less amoral and self-serving than he was in canon. He was driven to become king partly because he genuinely wanted to help the less fortunate, sincerely loves Charlotte, and feels very real remorse for the death of Adonis.
  • The Horned King was portrayed as an irredeemable sociopath. When he's resurrected as the Villain Protagonist of Hope for the Heartless, he's close to his original portrayal, but he gradually turns into a Noble Demon and Byronic Hero thanks to Avalina over the course of the story.
  • In The Berserkers Bride, while he did eventually become a good guy late into Race to the Edge, here Dagur the Deranged shows his devotion to his wife fairly early on and is essentially a protagonist the whole time (albeit the "Chaotic Neutral Blood Knight" type of protagonist).
    • In the series, the Skrill plays antagonist for most of its appearances (also downplayed in that it becomes neutral to the riders in its latest appearance). Here, Hiccup manages to train it, befriend it and name it "Maelstrom", becoming Dagur's dragon.
  • In the Adopted Displaced story, Dressed to Steal, Penelope is the Black Knight and working for Le Paradox as per canon. However, here she realized her mistake but is now being blackmailed into continuing to assist and is utterly miserable about it. Fortunately for all involved, she is eventually freed and happily rejoins the Cooper Gang.
  • In Remnant Inferis: DOOM, since Gretchen never got killed, Hazel never joined Salem and works alongside Ozpin.
  • RWBY: Destiny of Remnant:
    • Raven Branwen in canon is a Social Darwinist and Dirty Coward who abandoned her husband Taiyang and her newborn daughter Yang, wanting to stay out of the Ozpin's war with Salem to the point she murdered the Spring Maiden and took her powers, as well as sell out her brother to Cinder all for the sake of her survival. Here, she is an aloof and pragmatic, but loyal ally to the heroes and Ozpin, lacks her canon counterpart's cowardice and selfishnessnote , and she keeps tabs on her family rather than abandon themnote . She even goes so far as to sacrifice her life to save Qrow from Cinder's attack, something she never would have done in canon.
    • Neo Politan remains an antagonist in canon, wanting to get revenge on Ruby for Roman's death and is willing to work alongside Cinder despite also blaming the latter (with some persuasion after Neo targeted Cinder first). While she does want to avenge Roman's death here, she instead sabotages Salem's operation and helps the heroes free Pyrrha from their clutches, becoming a genuine ally to them.
    • Cardin Winchester becomes The Atoner here as a result of Jaune saving his life, becoming a more sympathetic and courageous person over time, and sacrificing his life to help Pyrrha and her rescuers escape.
    • While he's still a Corrupt Corporate Executive, Jacques Schnee does go through a Heel Realization after Winter is proven right about Ironwood being brainwashed and tries his best to make amends. Unfortunately, since he basically abandoned Winter to rot in prison instead of giving her the benefit of the doubt, Winter outright refuses to accept his apology, making it painfully clear to Weiss that their father has a lot to do before she can even consider forgiving him. He has since started working to change for the better.
    • Both Ironwood and Winter end up receiving this treatment as of the canon Volume 7. Ironwood undergoes a Face–Heel Turn in canon due to his growing paranoia, becoming The Unfettered in his fight against Salem's forces to the point he decides to leave Mantle to fend for itself and actually turns on Ozpin, even going so far as to try to kill his current vessel Oscar. Winter remains loyal to Ironwood and obeys his orders without question, though she is merciful enough to give her sister and her friends a head start, and she also encourages Penny and Weiss to form their own path. While Ironwood does become an antagonist in this story, it's only because he's brainwashed, and he returns to being an ally once he's freed. Winter also doesn't have blind loyalty to Ironwood, secretly going against his orders and helping her sister smuggle Penny out of Atlas when she learns Ironwood plans to use her as a suicide bomber, both to save Penny's life and to stop Ironwood from potentially provoking the other Kingdoms to go to war with Atlas.
  • Son of the Sannin has the following examples:
    • In canon, Zabuza and Haku are pretty much the Starter Villains faced by Naruto's team. In this story, the former appears as a mercenary hired by the Uchiha Clan for their insurrection, but is made prisoner and given a chance of parole on the condition that his protegé becomes a student of the Konoha Ninja Academy. Zabuza eventually turns into a Reformed, but Not Tamed ally to Konoha, while Haku graduates and even becomes part of the same team as Naruto and Hinata.
    • Rasa never joins up with Orochimaru and remains a faithful ally to Konoha due to Jiraiya having reinforced Gaara's seal when he was a child. He also eventually has a Jerkass Realization after all three of his kids are nearly killed by Akatsuki during the Gaara Retrieval arc.
    • Downplayed with Itachi, who was always technically a hero. It's just that here he's publically a good guy instead of a Reverse Mole.
    • By the time the story reaches the Shippuden timeframe, Sasuke still remains loyal to Konoha instead of pulling a Face–Heel Turn like in canon. It helps having Itachi around to act as his Morality Chain.
    • Neither Karin or Suigetsu ever worked for Orochimaru, instead remaining loyal to their home villages (and in Karin's case, the village in question is Konoha).
    • The Sound genin trio formed by Kin, Zaku and Dosu appear a couple of times as antagonists in the arcs involving Orochimaru in Part I. At the end, they are taken prisoner and left under the custody of Anko Mitarashi, who takes to train them herself and break them out of their loyalty of Orochimaru, becoming Konoha shinobi by the time Part II rolls around.
  • In Neither a Bird nor a Plane, it's Deku!, the Music Meister is Neil Patrick Harris' stage name and hero name. He's an international singing sensation and once worked at U.A. His original appearance in Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a supervillain who nearly takes over the world with his singing voice.
  • In Fates Collide, certain characters like Gilgamesh and Kirei Kotomine are dedicated to protecting human life, even if they are pricks about it.
  • Downplayed a bit with Smaug (more the one from Jackson's movies than the novel) in The Heart Trilogy. He's every bit as selfish, greedy and bloodthirsty as in canon, displaying his caring side only to his beloved Kathryn. However, the movie trilogy's Smaug insinuates that he'd gladly join Sauron's cause For the Evulz and is confirmed to have done so in the extended edition. The fic series' Smaug is never interested in serving Sauron or anyone else, wanting to be left in peace with his treasure and Kathryn unless provoked.note  He even takes the side of the Free Peoples in the War of the Ring, if only to ensure the safety of Kathryn and their twins, get back at Sauron and Fankil for everything they've done to the couple, and retake Erebor as his reward for helping the Free Peoples win the war.
  • The Web Of The Spider Man: Peter Parker was never a particularly mean or villainous guy, but the weight of "with great power there must also come great responsibility" didn't really sink in until after his uncle's death. Here, Peter rushes in to help a guard who was Pinned to the Wall even before getting his powers. Afterwards, Peter's respect for his uncle and binge watching of anime and cartoons inspires him to use his new abilities to become a superhero even without Ben's death.
  • In The Flash Sentry Chronicles: Trixie starts the same way she did in canon, as a traveling show-mare who lied about her achievements to make herself look better and show off. But, thanks to being saved by Flash from some crooks earlier, she opens up to him and his friends and helps them stop the group of crooks that attacked her. She decides to better herself, and later becomes the apprentice of Princess Luna.
  • In the Undertale fanfic Inverted Fate several characters achieve this by actually fighting Frisk, rather than the more passive roles they play in canon.
  • LandoftheFuture's DreamWorks Animation crossover fanfics granted this treatment to Tai Lung, Lord Shen and the Wolf Boss from Kung Fu Panda, by having them survive their canonical defeats and undergo Heel Realizations during their recovery periods, eventually having full Heel Face Turns and allying themselves with Po, Shifu, the Furious Five and the other DreamWorks heroes.
  • In Unconquerable Souls, the Wishverse version of Amy Madison ends up joining the White Hats after she is restored to her body, in contrast to her canon counterpart's disinterest/outright opposition to the Scooby Gang.
  • Harbinger (Finmonster) (Danny Phantom, ParaNorman): Ember McLain is one of the heroes here and not a villainous ghost who seeks to control others. She came to Blithe Hollow to help Danny and Norman because fate guided her.
  • In Steven Universe, Rhodonite mentions that she had to go into hiding when her Morganite discovered her. In What Might Have Been however, there is mention of a Morganite joining the Crystal Gems to save a pearl and ruby from getting shattered.
  • Kirby: Right Back At Ya! Season 2 has Marx, who was a Bitch in Sheep's Clothing and the villain of Kirby Super Star and it's remake. Here, he is a close friend of Kirby and helps him out whenever he can.
  • Jerusalem, in his Let's Play of Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, portrays CJ as slightly more benevolent than canon. For example, in the original game, he kills Madd Dogg's manager because Loc told him to. But in the LP, he initially refuses Loc's plan; when he later ends up killing the manager anyway, it's because he goes temporarily insane due to sleep deprivation and stress.
  • Fate/Harem Antics: This version of Sir Galahad has Mash Kyrielight's looks and personality, which makes her more heroic than her canon counterpart since this fic was released before canon Galahad was revealed to be a total asshole.
  • This unnamed Tumblr fanfic goes for an alternate take on Anastasia and Drizella's characters from Cinderella. Their mean behavior as children stems from being jealous of how Cinderella's father loves her compared to their own abusive mother. As they grow up, they feel powerless to help Cinderella and just watch her abuse from afar. As teens, they start acting kinder to their step-sister in private.
  • As part of the premise of being a Mirror Universe fic, RWBY: Dark features heroic versions of Salem, Cinder Fall, and other villains from the series proper.
  • In My Name's Deku, It Means Business, Himiko Toga is a student at U.A. and the ninth holder of One For All rather than a serial killer like canon.
  • In canon Naruto Kakuzu was a member of the Akatsuki who's primary interest was money. In Old Man by the Bar, Kakuzu is initially cold to Kiba, Choji, and Sakura, who approached him for war stories for a class project, thinking he was an old veteran of Konoha rather than a dangerous Missing Nin. He eventually becomes a mentor for them, teaching them skills to make them pragmatic fighters. It eventually esculates to him smuggling Fū out of her village and into Konoha, keeping the rest of the Akatsuki out of the loop.
  • J-WITCH Season 1:
    • In W.I.T.C.H. canon, Raythor's initial appearance in Season 1 portrayed him as a one-dimensional Mook Lieutenant, who only becomes a Noble Demon when he returns in Season 2. This latter characterization is brought up right from the start in this fic.
    • The canonical Prince Phobos didn't get much characterization beyond being a power-hungry Evil Overlord who is implied to be willing to kill his manipulated little sister Elyon after stealing her powers, and he somehow caused their parents' disappearance. In this fic, he tried to bring order to Meridian after he was framed for his parents' murder, eventually becoming a Knight Templar due to all the resistance directed towards his rule. While he still manipulates Elyon in preparation of stealing her magic, he makes it very clear that he has no intention of killing his only remaining blood relative and plans to wipe out her memories and return her to Earth to live an ordinary girl's life instead. Also, some of his canon villainous acts, like imprisoning Elias in his own painting, are committed instead by Daolon Wong, one of his morally worse Co-Dragons.
  • The Legend of Total Drama Island:: Scarlett's canonical megalomania isn't a factor here, and her wild hair is more a sign of her having just gotten out of bed, or being played for effect during challenges. She still retains some dark themes, such as her pajamas depicting the fires of Hell, but its downplayed overall.
  • Random Drama Series
    • Lightning, while still egotistical, is shown to be much more of a team player, and even develops an Odd Friendship with Bridgette. This becomes especially apparent when he makes it to the finals in ROTI: while in canon he played the villainous brawn to the heroic Cameron's brains, here he plays the heroic brawn to Natasha's villainous brains.
    • Scarlett in World Tour does go crazy as in canon, but here it is clearly attributed to stress and the machinations of Mal, and afterwards she does whatever she can to make up for it.
  • Total Alternate Island: While she does have plenty of her original Alpha Bitch moments from the cannon Total Drama Island plot (as well as some new acts of villainy, like tampering with the votes to get rid of Sara), Heather in the fanfiction becomes a Defrosting Ice Queen much quicker, actually shows concern for her siblings back home, and isn`t responsible for some cruel actions in the cannon series (notably getting Trent eliminated, as it`s Courtney who blackmailed him out of the competition here).
  • Tales of Sonic the Hedgehog does this with Robotnik's former identity, Julian Kintobor. In Sonic the Hedgehog (SatAM) and the Archie Comics, he was a megalomaniacal sociopath from the start. Here, he's more in line with the heroic Dr. Ovi Kintobor from Sonic the Comic, being a genuinely Nice Guy who wanted to help people.
  • Never Say Never is quite possibly one of the few known fanfictions that has Mukuro Ikusaba at her most sympathetic, heroic, and humane. All over the Danganronpa, Mukuro's characterization was dependent on the story to the point of making her Ambiguously Evil. She was a reserved girl subservient to Junko, following her orders just to make her happy in Danganronpa Zero and IF (while being noticeably Ax-Crazy in the former). She turns on Junko in the latter story and helps her fellow classmates escape, but even that had some selfish intent behind itnote . Danganronpa 3 downplays her sympathetic qualities while showing more of her villainous actions as Junko's accomplice, even going so far as to call Makoto a loser and suggest killing him. While she still starts out in this fanfiction with her characterization from IF, her sister's betrayal and her classmates' kindness towards her causes her to turn on Junko completely and undergo a Heel–Face Turn out of more altruistic motives, undergoing a Redemption Quest by helping to save and comfort her classmates throughout their time trapped in the school, and finally standing up to her sister.
  • Knights of the Otherworld adapts four villainous Riders, Ryuga, Ohja, Abyss and Odin, and turns them into heroes working with the other Riders.
  • In The Witch of Oz, a genderbend fanfic of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, Elphias and his brother Nestor have always been good, but were orchestrated by the people of Oz due to Elphias's green skin and his uncontrollable powers. He became an apprentice to Ozia until he learned that she's a fake and uses a stone to draw out his powers. He's forced to escape to protect his friends, and Ozia lied that he attempted to overthrow her.
  • Us and Them: Raised in a loving family with full knowledge of what Jenova is and his true parentage, Sephiroth manages to resist going insane and becoming the monster he was in canon.
  • Warning Letter: While Light Yagami starts out just as villaionous as he was in Death Note, The Phantom Thieves end up stealing his heart at the end of Chapter 3. After several chapters marinating in the guilt of what he did as Kira, Light even ends up awakening his Persona and joining the Phantom Thieves himself.
  • Yin-Yang: In She-Ra and the Princesses of Power, it was revealed that the First Ones were an evil empire. Here, they were allies with ancient Eternia and strove to keep peace, protecting the world of Etheria from harm.

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