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Reversal of the Heart is an animated short film created by Carolyn Chrisman. It can be found here.

After a prince kills a baby dragon for the glowing gem in its chest, as a gift for his love, not knowing that the mother of said baby dragon has put curse on the gem that turns his love into a dragon. Mistaking her for a dragon that has murdered his love, he tries to kill her, with the princess only nearly escaping. After words, she recruits a young amateur wizard to help her go on a quest to undo the curse, as her former love tracks them down.


This short provides examples of:

  • Ambiguous Ending: The video ends with the Prince being engulfed by the Mother Dragon's flames, which then part to reveal an infant dragon in the spitting image of her child the prince killed at the beginning of the film, except with the prince's eye color. The baby dragon yawns before looking up at its "mother" before hunkering down in confusion and the Mother Dragon picking him up, giving the others a brief glance and knocking away the Prince's helmet before flying away with him, leaving the precise nature of what happened — that is, whether the Prince died to resurrect the child or was turned into a dragon himself — deliberately unclear.
  • Baleful Polymorph:
    • The Mother Dragon turns the Princess into a dragon, as retribution for the Prince killing her baby.
    • Depending on how you interpret the ending, the Prince may himself have been turned into an infant dragon to replace the one he killed.
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  • Cat-like Dragons: The dragons make distinctly catlike noises, most notably purring when happy.
  • Death of a Child: The short starts with a young dragon being killed. This is possibly reversed in the end.
  • Downer Beginning: The short starts with a man killing a baby dragon to give its chest gem to his love.
  • Dragons Versus Knights: The chase sequence shows the Prince wearing knight's armor and pursuing the dragon he believes has killed his beloved Princess.
  • Equivalent Exchange: One interpretation of the ending is that the Mother Dragon killed the Prince as a sacrifice to revive her child in exchange for his life.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: The Prince's anger over seemingly losing the Princess and his look of regret when he realizes he almost killed her show that he genuinely did love her.
  • Evil Prince: The Prince, who sets the plot into motion by killing an infant to make jewelry from its body.
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  • Eye Color Change: When the Mother Dragon resurrects her baby after flaming the Prince, the Baby Dragon has the Prince's eye color, possibly meaning she turned the Prince into a new baby dragon.
  • Face Death with Dignity: When confronted by the Mother Dragon, the Prince just looks down remorsefully and accepts his fate.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: All we see of the baby dragon's slaying is the Prince's sword coming down and a splash of blood splattered against the cave wall.
  • Heel Realization: Both the Prince and the Mother Dragon are implied to do this at the end of the film, the former realizing the wickedness of his slaying the infant dragon and then trying to slay his transformed love and the latter realizing the nature of her Misplaced Retribution.
  • Implied Love Interest: The Princess and the Magician are this to each other. After the Princess is returned to normal and the Prince is reaching out to her, she rejects him and turns towards the Magican. The last shot of the film is even them holding hands.
  • Kill It with Fire: An ambiguous case in the ending, where either the Mother Dragon burns the Prince alive or turns him into a new infant dragon.
  • Mama Bear: The Mother Dragon is ferocious in her vengeance, going to great lengths to avenge her fallen child.
  • Misplaced Retribution: The Mother Dragon wanting to get revenge on the Prince for killing her child is understandable. Cursing his love and making her the primary one to suffer from her curse just because the Prince gave her the gem in her son's chest as a gift... less so.
  • Mistaken for Own Murderer: Upon hearing the commotion resulting from the the Princess' sudden transformation and heading to her room, the Prince sees a dragon stumbling among the tattered clothes and smashed furniture of his beloved and assumes the worst. He spends the rest of the short on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge against the "dragon".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: At the end of the short, the Prince shudders in horror and drops his sword and helmet, before falling to his knees, upon realizing the dragon he tracked down and nearly killed was actually his love.
  • No Name Given: None of the characters are named. Even the titles "the Prince", "the Princess" and "the Magician" aren't official, just placeholders used on this page so we'd have something to call them.
  • Raise Him Right This Time: One interpretation of the ending is that the Mother Dragon, seeing the Prince's regret and realizing vengeance would just cause more pain, turns the prince into her new child to give him a second chance at life.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The Mother Dragon has gleaming red eyes, often her only facial detail visible when seen in silhouette.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: The Baby Dragon, only making it sadder when he is killed.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: The Prince goes on one after seeing a dragon in the Princess's room and thinking it killed her, after which he single-mindedly pursues her through forests and mountains and all the way to the dragons' peak with murder on his mind.
  • Slasher Smile: The Prince gives one these as he's killing the Baby Dragon.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The Prince begins the story by slaying a hatchling dragon.


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