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  • A few characters experience this in A Triangle in the Stars, but the most prominent one is Bill Cipher. It's cemented by Chapter Thirty-Two, where he throws his plans to backstab Steven Universe away, having found he could no longer go through with them.
    • Other characters are Pyronica, Gabriel, and the Void. Keyhole, maybe, but he was less evil than a little misguided.
  • In NUMB3RS and Hawaii Five-0 story Allies And Enemies, Governor Jameson turns on Wo Fat due to her dying of pancreatic cancer and having her conscience compelling her to give Steve evidence on Wo Fat despite the evidence ruining her reputation and all that she stood for.
  • In Ancient Sins, Dante is the biggest baddie of them all for the beginning part of the series, but later reforms after he's been defeated for the final time.
    • This is later subverted when we learn Dante was never evil to begin with, as he was just pretending and was also possessed by The Shadow, but wasn't affected by its influence.
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    • All the villains of Equestria's past finally leave their goals, after being convinced by Sunset to be something else, and become normal citzens of Equestria.
    • The most surprising Heel-Face turn was The Shadow/Batil herself, after she saw the beauty or existence and later sacrificed herself to defeat The Nothing/Tadmir.
  • In Dungeon Keeper Ami, due to the nature of Dungeon Keeper's world, most characters that Keeper Mercury faces end up either dead or working for her, thus working for the side of "good."
  • Frandlin Ivo performs one in Dragon Age: The Crown of Thorns. He moves on to become a triple agent or quadruple agent, depending on how one looks at the Gambit Pileup in Orzammar.
  • Through Gaia's machinations, Fortuna in Co-op Mode. As of the latest chapters, the same goes for Lisa.
    Fortuna: "My name is Fortuna. There are 5,023 steps, or 2 years 2 months and 16 days left until the world is safe. On that last day, that last step, Cauldron will burn and, by my choice, I with it."
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  • This is the very basis of Honor Trip, where Cell gets hit on the head, gains a sense of humanity, and turns good.
  • New Tamaran: Red X once he learns the full scope of Blackfire’s plan. He later becomes a law-abiding citizen and marries Terra.
  • Zonoya herself in The Legend of Spyro: Zonoya's Revenge. It takes Malefor's demise and Cynder willingly allowing her to read her mind to see what Malefor really was to convince her to change. While Cynder is willing to forgive and try to help Zonoya change, Spyro still hasn't accepting the change. Spyro's actions may have be leading her to turn evil again when he attacks her son (due to him being Malefor's child), causing her to seek revenge for that. But in the end, she is stopped from going back across the line and ends up on fairly good terms with the heroes.
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  • The Child of Love: Rei turned on Gendo to protect Shinji and Asuka's child.
  • Miranda in the W.I.T.C.H. fanfic KievaLynn's Season Three, episodes five and six. While the cartoon didn't give her any backstory at all, this story fleshes her history out in a way that makes the experience that triggers it plausible.
  • The Hunter in With Strings Attached. Which pisses off the Great God Indle quite considerably....
  • Crow in The Tainted Grimoire.
  • Plankton going through this trope and his journey of self-redemption are the main plot points of Plankton's Eye View.
  • In Ace Combat: The Equestrian War, Zeakros, the commanding griffon officer does this in chapter 19.
  • Light in Solitude Because Ryuuzaki was nice to him.
  • Lightning and Thunder lampshades and mocks the trope during the Harry/Quirrell first year confrontation, stating that "this wasn't some TV show where he could turn the bad guy good with an excellent well placed speech."
  • In James Bond fan film Diamonds Cut, it's Lara Brooks. As an employee of traitorous MI6 agent, she was originally going along with his plan, but eventually rescued Bond from allegedly certain death.
  • Sailor Moon fan fiction A New Order has one of the most powerful youma defect after Zoicite uses it as a meat shield.
  • In Hunger Games fanfic Some Semblance of Meaning: Obsidian has one after he realizes how ruthless and depraved his fellow Careers are, and he leaves the pack.
  • Damballa in the Horseshoes and Hand Grenades story, A Month of Sundays after Jun reunites him with his grandson and talks him down on how he and most of humanity were Not So Different.
  • Mega Man ZX Enforcers has so far had six of these: Atlas, Thetis, Aeolus, Siarnaq, Prometheus, and Pandora. The former four have theirs in circumstances that cause them conflict: Atlas breaks down crying when her childhood friend tells him to shoot her, but he comforts her and forgives her for her past (cementing a Relationship Upgrade in the process), Thetis finds out that the humans he thought were destroying the planet actually cared about it by undoing damage done by one of the Pseudoroids commanded by his "boss", Aeolus finds out that Model D completely duped him into helping it and sent its own soldiers after him, making him the one thing he hates (a fool), and Siarnaq aids Grey when he attacks Forrest and Shade (the same people who left Siarnaq for dead in the past) for using him, realizing that his stoicism was a mask for his fear. Prometheus and Pandora had theirs off-screen, choosing to aid the good guys (sort of; they've only helped them once so far) to avoid being recruited by Model D. Model O being used by Taylor might count too, since it's based on Omega, the Devil Reploid who was a major driver of the Elf Wars in the Zero series. And the HFT count is now up to seven, with it being revealed that Taylor himself was the one who created the Model S Biometals, but defected after being freed from Model D's influence and is now working on a secret weapon to destroy all the artificial Biometals he created.
  • The Monsters, Inc. fanfiction Angela's Pet Monster has Randall getting adopted by a human girl named Angela. He grows to like her, and eventually turns against Waternoose and becomes allied with Mike and Sulley.
    • He gets another one in the Simpsons crossover fic, due to Lisa's influence.
  • In the Rise of the Guardians fic Guardian of Light, Pitch pulls one thanks to his daughter's influence.
  • The Star Trek (2009) fic Safe and Sound has Khan, of all people, pull one when he realizes it would help his family and allow him to be with his new surrogate daughter, Lucille.
  • In Wanted, a Thor fanfic set during the second film, Loki doesn't fake his death and ends up helping Thor and the others defeat Malekith in London. He decides to stay on Earth with Thor after Darcy befriends him.
  • Desiree has one in the Danny Phantom fanfic series Facing the Future Series, thanks to, of all ghosts Sidney Poindexter.
  • In the Naruto/TMNT crossover fic, Teenage Jinchuriki Shinobi, Kin shifts over to Konoha after realizing that Orochimaru would not be coming back for her, as she was simply a tool to him. Also, Karai originally planned an Enemy Mine instead, but follows the trope straight when the Shredder is defeated for good, knowing he'll never come back. Kabuto falls under a Heel–Face Brainwashing
  • The Calvinverse: Bob, a minor villain, ends up turning to Calvin's side in Retro Chill after being abused by the villains for a decent amount of the story.
  • In Fever Dreams Light comes to realize that the Kira plan isn't working and he really doesn't want to kill L and the rest of the story is devoted to his new plan to get out of the whole killing business without incriminating himself or Misa or causing any more deaths.
  • Silver Spoon in A Hairier Problem: Rise of the Furball begins questioning if she should stay with Diamond Tiara and Fair Vista when the latter shows herself to them both for the first time. She comes to realize that it isn't worth it when Apple Bloom risks her secret and her life to save Spoon from a sudden flood in Ponyville, and she fully turns away from the pair once she realizes the full extent of their most recent plan to "expose" Apple Bloom when in reality Fair Vista wants to possess Apple Bloom and get revenge on Applejack and company for killing sable Loam.
  • In Fractured, a Mass Effect/Star Wars/Borderlands crossover and its sequel, Origins this trope crops up. Samantha Shepard does a Face–Heel Turn as part of her Heroic BSoD but comes back. In Origins, Rich Bitch Jackie Jakobs performs a clean break with her horrible past, revealing some Hidden Depths in the process. Even Sarah, the Sith/Siren changes sides after a Heel Realization stemming from both confusion over purpose and notions of failure. Note that this last one is a case of Reformed, but Not Tamed.
  • In Mega Man: Defender of the Human Race:
    • Drill Man in episode 8.
    • ProtoMan in episode 11, chapter 11.
    • Episode 12, chapter 2 has Mr. Black.
  • In Crowns of the Kingdom, thanks to Hypatia, the Dispirations become Inspirations.
  • A New Chance Series: Jessie, James, and Meowth leave Team Rocket after Ash rescues their Pokemon from Rico, and Brock lectures them about the nature of their jobs, their total failures, and tells them they are perfectly capable of being decent people, but are hopeless if they go back to stealing.
  • The Lion King Adventures: Recurring Series 4 villain The Interceptor has one of these gradually in Series 5. After fighting alongside the heroes first to defeat his former ally Shocker and then to save the world from Virusi and his master the Writer, he comes to bond with them, ultimately being considered a friend by Simba who lets him stay and live in the restored Pride Lands.
  • My Brave Pony: Starfleet Magic:
    • Queen Chrysalis in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic II.
    • Distraught in My Brave Pony: The Movie.
    • Phaedra in My Brave Pony: Star Fleet Magic III.
  • Renny, son of a Death Eater who joined the D.A. after Voldemort tortured his father for a minor failure in Dumbledore's Army and the Year of Darkness.
  • Young Justice: Darkness Falls features two. One was well built up, the other...not as much. But nonetheless, Big Barda and Supergirl both eventually come to see just how wrong they were in serving Darkseid, and join the Earth's heroes in their war.
  • Super Sentai vs. Power Rangers: The Liveblog: Tranza becomes rather nicer throughout the fanfic after watching Rika's descent into insanity and despair, eventually sympathizing with her. Near the end of the liveblog, he even tries to have Rika escape from Radiguet's wrath and call out his former ally over his plan.
  • In Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy, Lapinyuu is fired from Karlix for sporting Pretty Cure paraphernalia in Raflesina's presence and desires to join the Cures but is rejected, though by chance she winds up in her first acting job immediately afterward—as Third Ranger to Hearty Pure, Glowy Radiant.
  • A Snake Named Voldemort: Voldemort, after being stuck in snake form and having to live with Harry.
  • In the Pokémon fanfic The Power That's Inside, Team Rocket quits once they see that some of the Pokemon they kidnapped went on to become part of a Living Battery program. Later on, Gary Oak has one of these.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls fanfiction Ladder, Princess Morbucks stops doing criminal acts and attempting to be a Powerpuff Girl after both Blossom and Buttercup die. Princess and Bubbles become each others Only Friend afterwards. Sadly, Bubbles later strangles Princess to death due to believing she was faking everything.
  • In the Lilo & Stitch fanfic The Fire of Futures Past, Leroy escapes from prison and takes a very hard crash landing on Earth. He crashes the Pelekai 'ohana's family fun night, but he's too shook up from the crash landing to attack anyone. Lilo takes advantage of this and convinces him to tell a campfire story about Stitch (as the 'ohana have been doing throughout the night), and Leroy tells a love story about Stitch and Angel. From there, Leroy starts to care about the 'ohana, and they actually grow concerned for him as the United Galactic Federation comes to retrieve him. Thus, the main story shifts from the 'ohana just telling campfire stories about Stitch to also trying to prove to the Grand Councilwoman that Leroy has redeemed himself and should stay with them on Earth.
  • In The Bridge, it happens several times.
    • The sirens discover the ability to draw from Power of Love, a stronger source than the traditional Power Of Hate, tighten their family bonds; and are put on the path to this before the events of Rainbow Rocks even happen.
    • Destroyah at first didn't even understand what feelings like love, happiness, or friendship were until being forced to experience them in Equestria. After a long time, she decides she likes this sort of existence better than being a slaughtering living weapon.
    • Xenilla is eventually revealed to be Good All Along, his previous actions having been as a Well-Intentioned Extremist and acting as a smug villain to force his brother to grow strong. After a severe pride breaking spree, he finally decides to drop the act and atone.
    • Moonbeam Glimmer's Freudian Excuse put her on the path of a fear mongering antagonist to Godzilla Junior, convinced he would turn on Equestria and lead to catastrophe. After finding out they are Not So Different and Junior forgives her for her actions, she stops.
  • This Bites!: Given the Gray-and-Grey Morality of One Piece, this is a little shaky, but after witnessing the political pettiness of their superiors, Smoker, Tashigi and Hina outright tell Cross that they want to ally with him to bring down the World Government. As of chap. 42 Captain T-Bone, Vice-Admiral Jonathan and Vice-Admiral Tsuru join them in treason.
  • In Princess Trixie Sparkle, after spending the first half of the story steeling Twilight's identity and trying to manipulate things for her own personnel gain, Trixie eventually does this, after Astelle the true mare behind everything reveals herself and even becomes a new Element of Harmony!
  • In the One Piece/Steven Universe crossover A Gem in the Rough, Steven manages to convince Mr. 5, Miss Valentine, and Miss Goldenweek to abandon Baroque Works. This leads to them joining along with the Straw Hats for the remainder of the story.
  • In Pain of Parting Lucius Malfoy decides to join the light side after Snape's apparent death. The fact that eight nameless Death Eaters were killed directly by Voldemort before this is a consideration as well.
  • Child of the Storm has a couple examples. Loki pulled one of these offscreen before the story started, thanks to his family. However, he's very much Reformed, but Not Tamed. In a more dynamic example, Maddie Pryor/Rachel Grey is introduced as a Living Weapon in Ghosts of the Past, the sequel, but The Power of Love (and a few of the Endless) help her to overcome her conditioning, culminating in being deemed worthy to lift Mjolnir!
  • Metal Sonic pulls one in Ghosts of the Future. The heroes are not receptive to it and lock him up in the mansion's garage until they decide what to do with him. Most of them don't even think he's sentient, since he wasn't before and only gained self awareness thanks to Nicole's experimentation. Sicily's pretty much the only one willing to hear him out, though Sonic starts reconsidering when he sees Metal risk his life to save Sicily.
  • Double Agent Vader begins with Darth Vader being sent by Emperor Palpatine on a mission to Tatooine; Palpatine's intention is to taunt him by reminding him of what he's lost, but the actual result is that he finds a way to reconnect with his roots, reclaims his identity as Anakin Skywalker, and dedicates himself to bringing down Palpatine and the Empire from the inside.
  • Son of the Sannin has this combined with Spared by the Adaptation with Zabuza and Haku. The former appears as a mercenary hired to aid the Uchihas in their rebellion but is arrested and imprisoned. He's given a chance to be released with Haku enrolling in the Konoha ninja academy, and eventually becomes a valuable ally, albeit in a more Reformed, but Not Tamed way. Haku, meanwhile, becomes Naruto and Hinata's teammate when they graduate from the academy.
    • After the timeskip, Orochimaru's genin trio, Zaku, Kin and Dosu end up captured after the sound invasion, but instead of killing them, they're placed under Anko's custody.
  • Psalm of the Lark is a DCAU-verse fanfic set after Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker. While recovering both mentally and physically from the events of the film, Harley Quinn decides that she owes Batgirl for saving her life. Eventually she is allowed out of Arkham and ends up on the road to becoming a part of the Batfamily.
  • In Total Drama fanfic 'Monster Chronicles'' Duncan goes through one in the final third of the story, after having finally stood up to Cedric in Chapter 12.
  • After having his toddler grandson literally dumped in his lap, more or less being forced to look after him by Adrien as a means of getting him to actually consider what is happening, Gabriel in Miraculous: Marinette's Predicament winds up having a change of heart, approving of his grandson and his son's relationship with Marinette.
  • It happens a lot in The Institute Saga:
    • Colossus after his sister is cured of her heretofore thought incurable illness.
    • Mystique also defects after Magneto turns against her.
    • Gambit after being used by a third party to help release Apocalypse.
    • David Xanatos joins forces with the Gargoyles to fight off crime.
    • Galatea after the technology controlling her is broken in battle.
    • Magneto and his Acolytes after Brainiac's attempt to destroy Earth, and the New Kryptonians' heroic attack that resulted in the death of fourteen of them.
  • In Danny Phantom fanfic Resurrected Memories: Ember undergoes one part way through the story as she slowly falls in love with Danny. Albeit it is a realistic take on one, as it takes a while for her to shake off some of her old habits.
  • Dark Lords Of Nerima: The youma Beneda initially joined up with Ryouga and Ranma because she was hoping she could turn them against the Sailor Senshi after an attack gone wrong. It takes Ryouga preventing Sailor Mars from killing her, and then later him tracking her down to comfort her while he was grievously injured, for Beneda to begin to realize that she actually mattered to these humans. By the story's end, she's permanently on their side.
  • Kara of Rokyn:
    • Jara –whose wrestling person, "Lady Jasmine", is an actual heel- turns on Blackflame after getting defeated by Kara.
    • After being a thorn in Kara's side for years, Shyla Kor-Onn allies herself with her during "Last Waltz with Luthor".
    • Parasite isn't feeling overly loyal after getting manipulated by Luthor, so he takes Superman up on his offer to get his normal body back in exchange for reforming.
  • Fractures (ATLA): Mai and Ty Lee commit this and attack Azula after hearing her bragging about burning down the Earth Kingdom.
  • The Crossover fic SAPR has several over the course of its story.
    • Sunset Shimmer and her path from selfishness and wickedness to The Fettered which takes up much of the first half of the fic.
    • Cinder Fall has the second most time devoted to their redemption, and it's mostly thanks to her friendship with the above.
    • Gilda grapples with the morality of her position as part of the White Fang terrorist for a long time before deciding to defect rather than hurt children.
    • Cardin Winchester, true to his appearance in canon, starts off as as one of the biggest jerks around and minor foe that inadvertently helps Sunset with her gradual alignment shift just because it's like looking into a mirror for her. After the Battle of Vale he ends up one of her best friends and one of the heroes after having responsibility thrust upon him.
  • In Super Villain Prevention 101, Harley Quinn starts the fic as a former villain who worked with the Joker.
  • A Diplomatic Visit: In chapter 7 of the sequel Diplomat at Large, Tempest Shadow and Grubber do this off-screen, at Twilight's influence; by the time they appear in-chapter, they're already good guys. It's noted that it took her a while to bring them around though.
  • Unbreakable Red Silken Thread: The first arc of the story could be summarized as this for Heather, showing her evolution as a person over the course of several years thanks to first her friendship, then later relationship with Cody.
  • Son of the Black: Having been born and raised during wartime, Jatar was trained to be a warrior much like his brother. Before he was considered old enough to join them in their raids however, he secretly followed him and was horrified by how they butchered innocent people. This experience led to him running away, most of trollkind not knowing about him and Bular assuming he died.
  • Ancienverse:
    • Team Brutal softens out and becomes Team Nova after losing the Kalos Team Tournament, except for Travis.
    • The Alpha Squad of Team Neo get integrated into ARC after they help save the day in Tribulations.
    • Team Skull as a whole makes a gradual turn, first with Plumeria and the grunts wanting to save Guzma, and then Guzma himself once he comes to his senses. Humorously, they're still bickering on what their new name should be even years later.
    • The Team Rocket trio of Jessie, James, and Meowth reluctantly become moles for ARC, but they fully and openly turn against Giovanni in Tomorrow.
  • In Man of Steel alternate universe fanfiction Daughter of Fire and Steel, Kara is a member of General Zod's Black Zero's crew until she realizes that Zod intends to wipe humans out, at which point she defects and joins her cousin.
  • The Bolt Chronicles: When Charlie, the title character in "The Coyote," is first portrayed, he's seen as a sneaky, lying, manipulative trickster who has been caught hanging around Bolt's yard, hoping to catch Mittens off guard and eat her. Bolt spares his life, lets him have a meal of leftovers from the garbage can, and sends him on his way. The coyote returns the favor when he encounters Bolt lying injured on the road after falling during a conditioning run, luring a nearby farmer to where the dog is lying so he can be taken to the vet. Charlie explains his behavior to the pooch.
    Charlie: Nah. I just kinda figured you might need a little help. Saw you lying there after you stumbled and fell. I knew that farmer would chase me out and happen onto you, hopefully would run you off to a clinic or something. Y’know, most members of my species woulda gone for your throat and made a fast meal of you when you’re down like that.
    Bolt: So — why didn’t you?
    Charlie: [chuckling] Funny thing. There was something you said back at your place that got to me. You remember, about appealing to my better nature and all that? Turns out I’ve actually got one. Who knew?
    Bolt: And you couldn’t bring yourself to kill me, am I right?
    Charlie: [asserting with a grin]' Not in a million years. You could’ve done away with me when we first met, but you didn’t. Instead, you took pity on me, helped me out when I needed it most. I’ve been thinking a lot about that ever since. Returning the favor was the least I could do.
  • For The Glory Of Irk:
    • After finding out at some point prior to the start of the story that the Tallest have no interest in Earth, Zim has given up on trying to conquer it.
    • Q tries to kill Dib in their first meeting, but later sides with him and the Syndicate to expose the infiltration in their ranks. After that, he sticks around to help them as they go up against the greater threat of The Conspiracy within the Irken Empire. Though it's downplayed, since he's only doing this to amuse himself.
  • The Secret Return of Alex Mack: Jo Baker starts out as a violent bully, then is given superpowers to help take Terawatt down. After that fails, however, she finds that her new physique and powers can be monetised if she's willing to go that far; once she has money in the bank and admirers all around, she mellows out a lot and decides that she can afford to make herself useful on occasion.


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