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Basic Trope: A character learns that humanity isn't so bad as they thought.

  • Straight: Bob believes that Humans Are Bastards, but after a meaningful talk with Alice, he realizes that he was wrong and changes his mind about humanity.
  • Exaggerated: Bob believes that humans are the scum of the earth and must be destroyed, but it took Alice to beat Bob to make him accept humanity more often.
  • Downplayed: Bob believes that humans are shameless Jerkasses, but that was until the Nice Girl Alice came to his life.
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  • Justified: Bob has been brainwashed by his peers since childhood to believe that humanity is absolute scum for whatever reason - perhaps to raise him as a Living Weapon. After being rescued, he gets a more nuanced view of society thanks to Alice treating him like an equal rather than a weapon.
  • Inverted: Bob used to believe that humans are good, but Alice convinced him that they are horrible creatures that need to be exterminated.
  • Subverted: "I've seen the light. I realize now that humanity isn't bad... They're horrible!"
  • Double Subverted: "... NAH! I'm just kidding. Got ya there, didn't I?"
  • Parodied: Bob says that even though he despises humanity, they make some good coffee.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob keeps swinging between Humans Are Bastards and Rousseau Was Right.
  • Averted: Bob's opinion on humanity doesn't change despite Alice's attempts.
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  • Enforced: "We're thinking about An Aesop about seeing the good about humanity."
  • Lampshaded: "So Bob changed his views on humanity thanks to one speech from this Alice? ... She must be the most diplomatic person on Earth."
  • Invoked: Charlie, Bob's only friend from before he started to believe Humans Are Bastards, pleads Alice (who is a much smoother talker) to convince Bob otherwise.
  • Exploited: Alice has a friend who's a Shipper on Deck of Alice and Bob. Said shipper tries to convince Bob to go out with Alice by pointing out how she helped him see the worth of humanity.
  • Defied: "Don't patronize me, you annoying optimist. I'm not gonna let your insipid speech convince me to outweight humanity's bad with the good."
  • Discussed:
    Charlie: "I never thought you'd save my life back there, Bob... You didn't have some ulterior motive, did you?"
    Bob: "Of course not. Someone had helped me realize how rejecting my own species wasn't doing anyone anything good earlier."
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  • Conversed: "I wish all therapists were like Alice on this show."
  • Implied: Bob had been going through a Heroic BSoD due to personal traumas and losing faith in humanity - now He's Back. When asked what brought him back, he just glances at Alice.
  • Deconstructed: Bob's restored belief in humans keeps him from ignoring the fact that humanity's evil outweighs their good and to make matters worse, evil and suffering continues to rise. As a result, Bob returns to his misanthropy, but Alice also becomes misanthropic, now understanding how Bob feels about humanity.
  • Reconstructed: Both Alice and Bob learn not to think too highly of humanity and find people (even if only a few) who are willing to change their ways.

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