Trope Talk: Reformed Villains

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Everybody loves a villain, or so I've been told. But in my experience, everybody REALLY loves a character that USED to be a villain and got BETTER. Today we'll be talking about some of those lovely people, how they got where they are today, and of course, all the fabulous ways an enterprising writer can toy with such a character and use their unique brand of tragedy to bend their audience's emotions to their whim.

BEFORE YOU ASK: Since about four separate people in my life brought him up, Darth Vader is not in this video because his redemption happened by way of him dying. "Redemption Equals Death" is actually a separate trope from this one - this is about villains AFTER they reform into heroes, not villains that do one heroic thing before dying.

Noteworthy examples used: Prince Zuko, Prince Vegeta (a lot of princes started off evil I guess), honorable mentions go to Scar from Fullmetal Alchemist and roughly two-thirds of the cast of Fairy Tail.

Who's your favorite former-archnemesis-turned-weird-family-member? Let me know!

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