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Tykebombs are generally raised with people who tell them they're nothing but a weapon and usually treat them like crap. Then along comes someone who's different. When they look at the Tykebomb, they don't see a weapon, they see a messed-up little kid. Naturally, they try to rescue the poor Tykebomb, talking or fighting their way towards them. Hug Tropes are likely to comprise their arsenal; also expect The Power of Friendship to be used. The one doing the defusing is also likely to be a Warrior Therapist and/or an All-Loving Hero.


Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't; what matters for trope purposes is the intent. Compare Because You Were Nice to Me.

See I Am Not a Gun, when the Tyke-Bomb defuses themselves.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Done by Terasaka to Itona in Assassination Classroom.
  • Attack on Titan sees Jean and Connie attempt this on Reiner and Bertolt, in the midst of a desperate chase through Titan-infested lands. Both appeal to their years of friendship and comradery, asking Was It All a Lie? and attempting to coax them into talking to them. While their attempts are successful in not only defusing Mikasa's Unstoppable Rage, but triggering Bertolt's Villainous seems these Tyke Bombs are Trapped in Villainy and can't be talked down. Any further efforts are prevented by Erwin leading in a Zerg Rush and throwing gasoline on the proverbial fire. Quite a few people are killed in the ensuing chaos.
  • The whole comedic point of Beelzebub. Poor Oga has his work (and life) cut out for him to prevent his adopted demon spawn from erasing humans off the face of the earth.
  • Sven toward Eve in Black Cat.
  • In Black Lagoon, Rock tries to do this with Gretel (who might really be Hansel). He seems to have some success with befriending her, and even caused her to behave in a nonviolent fashion towards him. And then (s)he gets shot.
    Benny: Stories like these don't have happy endings.
  • Subverted in the second season of Code Geass. Lelouch tries to do this for his "false brother" Rolo, by using their memories from the past year to appeal to his "brotherhood" to turn him into a personal Tykebomb for him instead of V. V., but with full intent of offing him when he no longer needed him as payback for replacing Nunnally. It works, and he gets a loyal pawn that he does get a little attached to, but eventually this goes horrifically wrong when said pawn becomes a murderously jealous Yandere who ends up killing Lelouch's would-be girlfriend in cold blood and intends on offing Nunnally in the process.
  • Done in DNA², towards Rurara Kawasaki.
  • Dragon Ball: Goku, of all people, is a defused tykebomb. The loving care of Son Gohan and a blow to his head rendered him harmless years before the first chapter.
  • In Endride, Demetrio, the Rebel Leader and part-time Warrior Therapist, manages to defuse the tykebomb that is the brainwashed child assassin, Mischa, by a combination of beating her in battle, destroying her Slave Collar, and offering a few kind and optimistic words about the future.
  • Dominic helps bring this about for Anemone in Eureka Seven.
  • Subverted in the 2nd G.I.G. of Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. When the Individual Eleven have a group of people suicide bomb random areas across the city, the last bomber is revealed to be a little girl. Togusa tries to convince her to not detonate the bomb she has, and at first, he seemingly gets through to her only for Batou to shoot the girl in the cheek, and pull out a detonator from her teeth that she would have bitten down had Togusa gotten closer to her.
  • Gundam:
    • Mobile Fighter G Gundam: Domon Kasshu does this to Allenby Beardsly. When she's kidnapped and then Brainwashed and Crazy by Prime Minister Wong, his partner Rain Mikamura finishes Domon's work.
    • Also, Shinn Asuka tries this on Stellar Louissier in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny. It nearly works... until the Freedom reappears, Stellar flashbacks to Neo's 'death', goes nuts again and the Freedom is forced to put her out of her misery.
    • Mobile Suit Zeta Gundam: Kamille Bidan attempts this with both Four Murasame and Rosamia Badam, even playing along with the latter's delusion that he's her elder brother in an attempt to help her. Tragically, both of them get killed in battle before he's successful, one by Kamille himself, no less.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ: Judau Ashta is more successful: Elpeo Ple settles into a fairly stable brother-sister relationship with him, and even Ple-Two seems headed in this direction by the end. Both of them still die... both times, in protecting him from danger.
    • Mobile Suit Gundam Unicorn: Banagher Links tries to talk Loni out of levelling Torrington with her mobile armour. He nearly succeeds, coaxing Loni out of her cockpit, only for her to witness her last family member dying at the hands of the Federation, and driving her back into her rampage in despair. There's also an example in the backstory - Banagher is a defused Tyke Bomb himself.
  • In Kekkaishi, Yoshimori attempts to do this to Hiura.
  • Some characters of Kenichi: The Mightiest Disciple (Kenichi himself, Miu, Niijima) are gradually doing this with Creepy Child Chikage Kushinada as an alternative to letting her fight Kenichi. Some want to help her, others are concerned because Kenichi Wouldn't Hit a Girl, let alone a little girl. As a result of all these attempts (especially Kenichi's), she becomes Tsundereish towards Kenichi.
  • Lyrical Nanoha: A few examples.
    • Nanoha does this to Fate in the first season. Of course, this being Nanoha, she defused the bomb with a bigger explosion.
    • And then Erio and Caro do this to Lutecia in season 3.
    • Fate previously reached out to Erio, who believed he was worth nothing after finding out that he, like Fate, was a clone of a dead child, and lashed out at her and the people looking after him. Interestingly enough, she used essentially the same argument that Caro eventually used against Lutecia- that people who are sad should not hurt others while seeking happiness.
    • This happens to seven out of the twelve Numbers, four of whom get adopted into the Nakajima family and the other three joining the Saint Church.
  • Kobayashi does this for Ilulu in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid after she protects her from Clemene. Ilulu's sudden change in personality afterwards is explained by the fact that she Used to Be a Sweet Kid, and thus she was simply drawing on past experiences rather than learning them from scratch.
  • Monster: Mostly played with, though not for laughs; Tenma gets his intervention in early with Dieter, Nina attempts this retroactively with her brother, and Grimmer tries with Pedrov's boys, misguidedly as it turns out.
  • Mai does this unintentionally to Mikoto in My-HiME, without even knowing what Mikoto's role in the unfolding events really is. Likewise, Miyu wins Alyssa from the Searrs Foundation by being the only person... well, robot... who ever actually cared about her. It doesn't quite stick, though, with Alyssa being killed shortly afterwards... until the end. anyway.
  • Naruto:
    • Iruka does this for Naruto himself, as he was the first adult to treat Naruto like a person - other adults were either distant or hostile, and the kids more or less followed suit. Many of Naruto's enemies are versions of him who didn't even get that level of support (or only got it from a twisted source), which Naruto has to fix with speeches and punching.
    • Naruto doesn't understand how Haku can stand to work for a man like Zabuza, who frequently makes it clear that Haku's usefulness "as a weapon" in battle is why he's kept around (though this turns out to be a front...). Naruto sees Haku as a person, and tries to make Haku see that he's a person, too.
    • Gaara is a blatant example of this trope. Turned into an unstable, murdering psychopath by his father, and empowered by Shukaku, after a beatdown and lecture from Naruto he became a highly admired and respected leader of his ninja-village.
    • And Pain gives us a lesson in how not to do this: Naruto's future mentor, Jiraiya, attempted to help a poor orphaned child named Nagato survive by teaching him ninjutsu. Nagato and his friends did well, and lived happily for a while, until Danzou and Hanzou of the Salamander teamed up to kill Nagato's best friend in the most traumatic way possible. Nagato took up the name "Pain", and became an international ninja-terrorist, kidnapping Tailed Beasts to bring the world under his rule.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion sees Shinji unknowingly defusing Rei, by treating her like a friend
  • Mireille from Noir assumes this role toward Kirika, particularly toward the end of the series.
  • Trafalgar Law, at the age of 10, in One Piece saw everyone he loved murdered by the World Government and stopped believing in anything only wanting to cause destruction before he died of a lead disease. Doflamingo sought to turn him into his right hand man, but his younger brother, Corazon saw a really messed up child who needed help and took him away to find a cure to his disease. After several months together, Law came to admire the real hero who saved him from his disease and set his life towards accomplishing the fallen Corazon's wish to stop his evil brother's madness.
  • This was the plot of an issue of Pet Shop of Horrors: in 'Duty,' a teenage boy belonging to an order of child assassins named 'Scorpio's Children' takes cover at D's pet shop. It is up to Count D to try to defuse him, which he does with the aid of an illusory confrontation with the boy's estranged mother. It succeeds, although D being D, he was more interested in the eponymous scorpion than in the child.
  • Rowan does this to Mitsumi prior to the beginning of Pokémon: Diamond and Pearl Adventure!.
  • A strange case of this appears in Pokémon: The First Movie. Mewtwo rejects the objectification of his creators on his own twice (even stating in the novelization that they treat him like an object), and is already waging war on humanity when our heroes come along. Ash and his friends, fairly quickly, realize that Mewtwo's clone soldiers are tykebombs and Ash sacrifices himself to save them and the regular Pokemon from Mewtwo and Mew's feud. This selfless act makes Mewtwo realize that not all Humans Are Bastards and defuses him partly. This process is essentially completed in the direct-to-video sequel, Pokémon: Mewtwo Returns.
  • In R.O.D the TV, tykebomb Junior finds Michelle utterly disarming. Anita puts a few chinks in his armour as well.
  • An absolute textbook example of this trope occurs toward the end of Rune Soldier Louie when priestess Melissa walks directly toward an enraged, lightning-bolt-flinging Child Mage named Lilly, who has been raised by the evil Lord Dardanel to be a vicious enemy of the reigning royal family. Melissa proceeds to talk her into a teary-eyed Heel–Face Turn.
  • Rurouni Kenshin: Kenshin Himura does this to Soujiro.
  • Maka towards Crona in Soul Eater. Though, the results and forms of this are... a little different between the anime and manga.
  • In Yu-Gi-Oh! ARC-V (yes, a Yu-Gi-Oh! series), Riley Akaba (former Child Soldier) is the younger brother of The Chessmaster Declan, and Declan is trying to support his younger brother.

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • Barbara Gordon (the first Batgirl) acts this way toward Cassandra Cain (the second Batgirl). Batman, Depending on the Writer, is either a total jerkass or so badly damaged that he really cannot help much.
    • The same could be said of Dick Grayson alias Nightwing And later Batman, towards the current Robin, Damian Wayne, who was raised and trained by the League of Assassins.
  • Superman:
    • Clark Kent and Lois Lane acted this way toward Lor-Zod, son of General Zod — one of the worst enemies of Superman — and his henchwoman Ursa in Last Son and New Krypton. Everyone else — including his abusive birth parents, Lex Luthor and the USA Government — wanted to capture him and control him. Lois and Clark adopted him and raised him with the name of Christopher "Chris" Kent. Chris eventually became the hero "Nightwing" (not that Nightwing, although both boys took their codenames from the same Kryptonian mythological being) and fought alongside his adoptive father and cousin.
    • Subverted with Post-Crisis Kara Zor-El. An early story stated that her father trained her to be a weapon, and Superman — with the aid of Batman and Wonder Woman — took her in and acted this way toward her. However, her abusive father was eventually retconned as a hallucination caused by Kryptonite poisoning when the real Zor-El showed up and turned out to be a pretty nice guy.
  • Wolverine acts like this towards his latest young female sidekick, X-23.
  • The titular character of Squee manages to do this unintentionally to Pepito, who, despite being literally raised by Satan to teethe on the toasty souls of the damned, seems to be genuinely moved by his friendship with Squee. Of course, Squee being who he is, it happens mostly because Squee thinks Pepito is terrifying.

    Fan Works 
  • Advice and Trust:
    • When Shinji and Asuka realize that Gendo has raised Rei as his obedient puppet, they decide to befriend her and cut her strings because they really hate Gendo and they really care about Rei.
    • Shinji and Asuka to each other. After realizing that they are traumatized orphans and child soldiers during their mutual love confession, they start to lean on each other, improving their mental instability.
  • Bird features this trope heavily in Taylor's efforts to make friends in Alchemilla asylum. She starts with Burnscar and works from there. It helps that her powers allow her to perceive the true natures of charaters that might seem too violent or dangerous to be worth the effort otherwise.
  • In Chasing the Shadow, Naruto uses this on Gaara in an attempt to undo the damage from Shukaku's influence. To his credit, it works.
  • Child of the Storm has Gambit, of all people, eventually perform the majority of this on Maddie Pryor in the sequel. Initially, since he was under Sinister's thumb and she was Sinister's enforcer, he intended to seduce her into giving him the means to escape (she was aware, but went along with it because no one had even pretended to care for her before that). However, once he saw the confused, manipulated, and psychologically broken young woman she really was, his intentions changed and he steadily deprogrammed her, encouraging her to assert her individuality. The final push is provided by Harry, who saw much the same thing, and both helped her recover and gain some measure of normality after her Heel–Face Turn. Ultimately, though, she's the one who makes the choice, deciding that I Am Not a Gun.
  • Children of an Elder God: After losing her parents and becoming a NERV's puppet, Asuka met a decent foster mother who defused her and helped her to become a better person. Several years later she helped Shinji to find a better reason to keep living. At the same time, Rei's friends tried to defuse her, but they weren't quite successful.
  • In Doing It Right This Time, Asuka, upon arriving in the past, makes it a point to include doing this to Rei in her plans for the do-over. However, Rei has already managed to defuse herself by this point, due to also having traveled back in time.
  • In Ghosts of Evangelion Misato finally sees that Shinji and Asuka get counsel and therapy after returning from Instrumentality.
  • Last Child of Krypton: Shinji showed Asuka that she didn't need to be an Eva pilot to be special, valued or loved. By the time she's unable to synch with her Eva, she doesn't care for it anymore because Shinji loves her and she has super-powers.
  • Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide: Asuka was trained by NERV since she was four to be a mecha pilot, ignoring that she was considered an easily replaceable pawn until she was discarded and abandoned. Shinji spent a long time trying to fix the damage done to her mind and convincing her that he cared about her and would not leave her.
  • In Once More with Feeling, one of the main goals of Shinji is undoing the damaged inflicted upon Rei and Asuka's psyches by NERV. So he spends a long while showing Rei that she's an individual unique and proving Asuka that piloting Eva isn't everything that she has.
  • In The Second Try, Shinji and Asuka defused each other after Third Impact, helping mutually with their psychological issues. When they went back to the past, defusing Rei was one of their main goals. Thanks to them -and mainly Aki- Rei managed to reclaim her lost humanity.
  • Two examples in Thousand Shinji:
    • Shinji realized early on that Gendo had raised Rei to be his puppet because she played a crucial role in his father's plans, so he worked hard to break her out of that mindset and earn her loyalty.
    • After meeting Asuka, he did the same thing to her.

  • In Blood Diamond, Solomon's son is captured early in the film. When they find him, he's been converted into a child soldier by the RUF rebels in Sierra Leone. At the climax, the tyke holds his father at gunpoint, but gets talked down. Unfortunately, at the end of the film it's mentioned that there are still 200,000 Child Soldiers in Africa.
    Solomon: I know they have made you do bad things... but you are not a bad boy.
  • Danny the Dog presents a particularly tough case: a man who was raised in a kennel and treated like an attack dog, intended to kill anyone who threatened his "Uncle Bart." Bart's (apparent) death leads Danny to a blind piano tuner, who tries to teach him the rules humans live by.
  • Warrior boy Nux in Mad Max: Fury Road undergoes this 180° turn. Capable convinces him that it's not yet his time to die.

  • Discworld:
    • Sourcery: Rincewind does this to Coin, and the Librarian keeps it good.
    • In Unseen Academicals, when Mr. Nutt finds out he is an orc, he thinks he must be one of these due to his heritage. His friends and even random strangers in Ankh-Morpork disagree based on his behavior.
  • Lois McMaster Bujold's Miles Vorkosigan starts this job with his clone-brother Mark in Brothers in Arms. His parents, especially his mother Cordelia, pick up the job in Mirror Dance.
    • Technically more of a Thicker Than Water, as in Betan society cloning is a perfectly valid form of reproduction, and as such Mark is a Long-Lost Relative.
      "Except that—I keep hearing my mother's voice, in my head. That's where I picked up that perfect Betan accent, y'know, that I use for Admiral Naismith, I can hear her now."
      "And what does she say?" Galeni's brows twitched in amusement.
      "Miles—she says—what have you done with your baby brother?!"
      • The last line gets a Call-Back from Elena in Mirror Dance, explaining why she's helping someone she initially mistrusts.
    • And Kareen Koudelka seems to have happily picked up where Cordelia leaves off, although Kareen and Mark do meet in Mirror Dance. By A Civil Campaign, the two have gone into business together.
  • Cairo Azarcon was captured as a child by Big Bad Falcone, and raised as a Tyke-Bomb. He's found and rescued in his late teens by a Space Marine. It takes a few years, but Azarcon eventually assimilates into EarthHub society...well, more or less.
  • Prof. Marius, the Tall, Dark, and Snarky teacher of Edgewood Academy, from The Princess 99 manages to defuse the tykebomb in question ( here Axel) before the entire school gets destroyed.
  • Used interestingly in Galaxy of Fear: Army of Terror. The heroes find the Eppon, apparently a year old, and carry him off with Tash and Zak happily planning to adopt him. They recruit some Rebel soldiers to help carry him, and he eats them one by one when no one can see, growing larger and older-looking all the time but still being sweet and loving to Tash and Zak. When the Big Bad arrives Eppon obeys his commands, but later Tash appeals to him through the Force. It works, but the Big Bad had implanted a bomb in his head and uses it.
  • The Red Vixen attempted this with Alinadar after capturing her. The results were mixed. Ali ends up better socialized, but until she formed a relationship with Sallivera, she still mostly saw herself as a slave to be commanded.
  • This is the core strategy of the City in The Fifth Sacred Thing, since they know any outright war would annihilate them. The enemy uses Slave Mooks, so they invite them straight into the city, letting them see the freedom, abundance, and equality they could have if they joined them. Even after they kill protesters and lock down the city, they continue, using psychological warfare to break down the soldiers' programming as well as searching for a cure for the drug that keeps them reliant on the Stewards. In the end, while they can't free all of them, they get enough to turn and enough to doubt for the enemy army to shatter and be forced to retreat.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Angel the title character tries to do this for Connor, with some success. However, Connor quickly develops other reasons for them not to get along, and in any case never fully gets over his prejudice against Angel. At least, not until the season 4 finale when Angel retcons everyone's memories to give Connor a life with a normal, loving family. Even in season 5, when his original memories are restored, the experience has given him a much greater sense of stability and grounding, so by the end of the series he's patched things up with his real father.
  • 24 surprisingly let this work, rather than forcing Jack to kill a child soldier.
  • Odo attempts this with a newborn Jem'Hadar on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. His attempts to raise the fast-growing child to be more empathetic and less violent fail because the Founders are just that good at manipulating them on the genetic level. The fact that everyone else treated him as a threat and/or potential lab specimen may have undermined Odo's efforts though.
    • Technically, almost any attempt to talk down a Jem'Hadar throughout the series would count as this since most of them don't live past 12. They grow to their full adult size practically overnight once they are "born" and are ready to go into battle within days. The only times anyone even comes close to succeeding is if the Jem'Hadar consider them a Worthy Opponent. The only reason Odo was able to have any success at all is that he's a Founder himself, and thus the Jem'Hadar are genetically predisposed to see him as a god.
  • The Doctor in Doctor Who defuses Melody Pond in "Let's Kill Hitler". Given that Doctor Who is a show with Time Travel as its core premise, the Doctor already knows where Melody's life ends up, while Melody hasn't yet met the Doctor face-to-face.
  • Kamen Rider Build: Sawa turns out to be a Nanba child, a Child Soldier of a weapon tycoon. She was originally sent to infiltrate the nascita gang, but hanging out with them started to wear on her programming and yearn for a real family.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: Det. Amaro tries to talk down an armed tween psychopath holding a child hostage. Good thing he was wearing a vest.
  • Literally in NCIS: Los Angeles with a child raised to be a suicide bomber. They already had an "in" since the first thing the kid does after seeing his brother die is find a safe place to detonate.
  • In the second season of Orphan Black, Helena overcomes her Laser-Guided Tyke-Bomb upbringing and gravitates towards Reformed, but Not Tamed as she and her long lost sister Sarah Manning become Fire-Forged Friends.
  • In The Walking Dead, a flashback reveals that Michonne and Daryl encountered a group of these. Michonne tries to talk them down, promising them a better life, and that they'll be cared for in their group. The kids are so broken by this point that they still try to kill Michonne, Judith, and the unborn RJ, forcing Michonne to kill all of them in self-defense.

    Video Games 
  • A child soldier has to be talked out of culling the nurse with a pair of scissors in Trauma Center: Under the Knife 2.
  • In Blaze Union, we learn that Yggdra Union's Hero Antagonist Gulcasa was technically born one of these—his mother attempted to defuse him by forcibly sealing his abilities and then leaving him to go Find the Cure!. His father, resenting him for the loss of his wife, started abusing him, and any good the seal did was undone posthaste. According to Word of God, the young Gulcasa was a bitter and violent Empty Shell until Siskier and Jenon befriended him and helped him learn to be a normal little kid again.
  • Fire Emblem:
    • In The Blazing Blade, in a variation for this trope, Jaffar was raised this way but is a grown man before interactions with Nino turn him good, and even then only because the people he works for are about to kill her.
    • In New Mystery of the Emblem, the Avatar does this for Katarina.
  • A Paragon Commander Shepard has this effect on Jack in Mass Effect 2. She has way too many issues for you to deal with all of them in the game's time-frame, but you can at least convince her there are ways of solving problems besides shooting people. Which is why you get to keep it up in Mass Effect 3, where she has mellowed out and is much more rounded as a person. This is to the extent that she has an effective family in her biotic students, teenagers that she would do anything to protect. However, it can also be Averted in the third game if you ignore the Grissom Academy mission past a certain point: the mission will be considered failed, the station is taken over by Cerberus and Jack is captured, where she is brainwashed and becomes an Elite Mook in the penultimate level of the game.
  • In a particularly odd case, Morrigan from Dragon Age: Origins ends up defusing herself. Once she realizes her mother's plan for her - becoming a future host body - she starts plotting her death. In the first game's last DLC story, she heads for parts unknown with her own secret agenda, which may involve co-opting her mother's other big plan (the Old God Baby).
  • The player character of Pokémon Black and White does this to N Harmonia, before he is even known to be a Tyke Bomb.
  • In Crying Suns, one of the potential bosses in Chapter 4 is a child’s Brain in a Jar, wired into the controls of a battleship and given doses of Special-H for winning battles. The player character is horrified by this and offers to help return the child to normal. Unfortunately, the child has come to like its new existence and rejects your offer, attacking you.

    Visual Novels 
  • Attempted in two routes of Fate/stay night with Ilya and, to an extent, Saber. It doesn't work in the first until after she's been defeated, at which point she realizes Shirou really does care. In the second, they get along much better and the defusing is therefore much more successful.
    • Shirou trying to convince Saber she can think of herself as a woman as well as a king can come under this, if she weren't 30.

  • The Order of the Stick has a variant with the Monster in the Darkness and the paladin O-Chul. While MitD may be a monster of unknown origin, it has the personality of a child and O-Chul forms an Odd Friendship with it while he's imprisoned by the Big Bad.

    Web Original 
  • Mary in Twig was grown to be a single-use assassination weapon against the parents of the original Mary. When the Lambs encounter her, however, Sylvester observes that she's incredibly lonely due to a lack of affection from her creator and fellow assassins and offers her a place with them, and as a team effort the other Lambs work to make sure she's comfortable and happy working with them. She still kills people, but since she's no longer treated as a disposable weapon she's largely content and often enjoys the challenge of figuring out how to both get the job done and not die in the process.

    Western Animation 
  • Danny Phantom has Danny telling his Opposite-Sex Clone that Vlad is merely using her as a tool instead of the daughter she thinks she is to him. She obviously doesn't believe this and spends most of the episode in deep denial, attacking him and the like to prove otherwise. Since Vlad is the series' Big Bad, Danny is right. Danielle manages to have a change of heart as a result and works alongside him.
  • In Transformers: Animated, Ratchet combines awesome and heartwarming to do this to Omega Supreme the moment he wakes up, rejecting the Elite Guard's role for him as master of a mindless Person of Mass Destruction.
    Omega Supreme: I am Omega Supreme. I am yours to command. I am your pupil. Your dependent. Your obedient servant.
    Ratchet: I am Ratchet. I am... your friend.
  • From Young Justice (2010): Robin, Aqualad, and Kid Flash all take turns at trying to defuse Superboy. It works, but it takes him most of the season to fully recover.
  • Justice League has Ace, a young girl who can drive people insane with a glance, and then her power grows until she's a full-on Reality Warper. Unfortunately, in "Epilogue" her power causes an aneurysm to develop in her brain—if she dies while she's using her powers, the psychic backlash could kill everyone within miles. Amanda Waller gives Batman a weapon to kill her, but he tosses it aside and gently talks her down instead, sitting with her until she dies.
  • Samurai Jack: Season 5 has Ashi, one of the Daughters of Aku assassins raised from birth solely to kill Jack. When he manages to capture her, he takes pity and dedicates himself to breaking her free of her indoctrination. It works, and she becomes his traveling companion and partner.