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* ''Series/TheTwilightZone1959'' episode [[Recap/TheTwilightZoneS5E145TheMasks "The Masks"]] does this, quite naturally, with a KarmicTwistEnding: a dying man makes his overly-eager-for-the-inheritance relatives wear masks as a condition of inheriting. The masks are nasty caricatures of their inner selves, and they end up quite literally Becoming The Mask.
16th Jun '18 8:15:30 PM TheSinful
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* Jaune Arc in ''Fanfic/ProfessorArc'' goes from a bumbling ButtMonkey doing his best to act like the professional Hunter his credentials paint him as to a serious professor who frequently forgets he's the same age (or younger in some cases) as his students and a genuine badass who's acknowledged as a hero.
10th Jun '18 11:00:01 PM PaulA
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* In ''Colonel Butler's Wolf'' by Creator/AnthonyPrice, the plot is kicked off by a Russian deep cover agent who attempts a HeelFaceTurn after discovering that he prefers his cover identity to his original identity. He winds up dead shortly afterward, leaving the heroes knowing that he existed but having to figure out what his mission was.
10th Jun '18 11:40:59 AM SAMAS
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* In ''LightNovel/InvadersOfTheRokujyoma'', Koutaro ends up acting out the role of a legendary knight in a play written by Alien Priness Theiamillis. After a battle with Theia's rival ends up catapulting them two thousand years ago on Theia's homeworld, he ends up actually becoming the knight of legend. Fortunately for him, Theia was big on [[ShownTheirWork Showing Her Work]], and actually trained him in ancient Forthorthian sword techniques, and his Knight costume was actually a suit of high-tech PoweredArmor.
30th May '18 2:04:34 PM foxmccloud4387
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** Originally travelling with Daenerys and Viserys to serve as TheMole for Varys in hopes of a royal pardon, Jorah gradually develops a BodyguardCrush on Daenerys, defending her life on several occasions and becomes her closest advisor in her mission to retake the Seven Kingdoms and restore the Targaryen dynasty, even after he secured his pardon.

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** Originally travelling with Daenerys and Viserys to serve as TheMole for Varys in hopes of a royal pardon, Jorah gradually develops a BodyguardCrush on Daenerys, defending her life on several occasions and becomes her closest advisor in her mission to retake the Seven Kingdoms and restore the Targaryen dynasty, even after he secured his pardon. This is deconstructed and reconstructed across the later seasons: when Jorah's original allegiance is revealed, Dany has to exile him with the threat of death despite his pleas ([[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask and her own wishes]]). However, Jorah continues to fight on Dany's behalf despite being an exile, trying to win her favor (by capturing Tyrion) and saving her life multiple times. Eventually, after seeing the many tribulations Jorah went through for the sake of his new sovereign, Daenerys decides to give him a royal pardon of her own.
25th May '18 9:56:51 PM FiliasCupio
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Contrast BeneathTheMask where the audience is only given a peek. Similar in style to AmnesiacDissonance, but without amnesia. May involve ObliviousGuiltSlinging. Compare SecretIdentityIdentity, FakeRealTurn, and GoingNative. If the character does not even respond to his old name anymore, that is ThatManIsDead. When a ''literal'' mask starts to change someone's personality, it's EvilMask. Contrast LostInCharacter, where a character who is a professional actor lives and breathes a role. Do not confuse with BecomingTheCostume or BecomingTheBoast. Some spoilers ahead. Has overlap with TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask because the woman's true personality be influenced or be absorbed into the queen personality, and consider as well ToKnowHimIMustBecomeHim when people try to figure out how someone by thinking like them.

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Contrast BeneathTheMask where the audience is only given a peek. Similar in style to AmnesiacDissonance, but without amnesia. May involve ObliviousGuiltSlinging. Compare SecretIdentityIdentity, FakeRealTurn, RomanticFakeRealTurn and GoingNative. If the character does not even respond to his old name anymore, that is ThatManIsDead. When a ''literal'' mask starts to change someone's personality, it's EvilMask. Contrast LostInCharacter, where a character who is a professional actor lives and breathes a role. Do not confuse with BecomingTheCostume or BecomingTheBoast. Some spoilers ahead. Has overlap with TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask because the woman's true personality be influenced or be absorbed into the queen personality, and consider as well ToKnowHimIMustBecomeHim when people try to figure out how someone by thinking like them.
21st May '18 12:42:05 AM CRay
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* In ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}: Gundalian Invaders'', Ren was sent by the Gundalians to get the Battle Brawlers to join them in the guise that they were the innocent party in their war. However, after experiencing their friendship and eventually realizing that the king he served didn't care about him, he did a HeelFaceTurn and joined the Brawlers in the battle against his own kind.



** Katejina Loos in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' is effectively kidnapped by the Zanscare early on. At that point, she comes up with the idea of getting close to them and becoming a spy for the League Militaire. Whether or not that would have been possible ends up being beside the point, as she slowly (or maybe a little too suddenly) becomes an actual enemy pilot and a total [[KnightTemplar zealot]] by the end.
** [[spoiler:Flay Alster]] in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]''. She pretended to love [[spoiler:Kira]] because [[spoiler:she wanted to have revenge against him for her dad's death, which he caused indirectly]], but ended up loving him for real.
*** Also, [[spoiler:Meer Campbell]] in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''. She's a NaiveEverygirl with a pathologically low self-esteem, chosen to [[spoiler:become Lacus Clyne's BodyDouble.]] She does her job more or less well... but as time passes, the girl's [[spoiler:identity issues kick in]], she falls in love with [[spoiler:her SecretKeeper ''and'' Lacus's ex boyfriend]] Athrun Zala and [[TearJerker it does NOT end well for her]].



** [[spoiler:Flay Alster]] in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]''. She pretended to love [[spoiler:Kira]] because [[spoiler:she wanted to have revenge against him for her dad's death, which he caused indirectly]], but ended up loving him for real.
*** Also, [[spoiler:Meer Campbell]] in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''. She's a NaiveEverygirl with a pathologically low self-esteem, chosen to [[spoiler:become Lacus Clyne's BodyDouble.]] She does her job more or less well... but as time passes, the girl's [[spoiler:identity issues kick in]], she falls in love with [[spoiler:her SecretKeeper ''and'' Lacus's ex boyfriend]] Athrun Zala and [[TearJerker it does NOT end well for her]].
** Katejina Loos in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' is effectively kidnapped by the Zanscare early on. At that point, she comes up with the idea of getting close to them and becoming a spy for the League Militaire. Whether or not that would have been possible ends up being beside the point, as she slowly (or maybe a little too suddenly) becomes an actual enemy pilot and a total [[KnightTemplar zealot]] by the end.



* In ''Anime/{{Bakugan}}: Gundalian Invaders'', Ren was sent by the Gundalians to get the Battle Brawlers to join them in the guise that they were the innocent party in their war. However, after experiencing their friendship and eventually realizing that the king he served didn't care about him, he did a HeelFaceTurn and joined the Brawlers in the battle against his own kind.



** Nami as well. She had only intended to use Luffy for all he was worth before leaving. But the longer she stayed with them, the more she grew to like being part of the Straw Hats (especially compared to her experiences with Arlong). Eventually, she betrayed them and cheerfully took off with Going Merry, but once she was on her own, she broke down and cried. When the Straw Hats eventually follow her, she is visibly upset while trying to keep them out of a fight she thought they couldn't win. Like with Robin later on, Luffy continues to think of Nami as part of his crew and confronts Arlong for her sake. The final nail in this was when Luffy told Nami to watch [[NiceHat his signature straw hat]], simultaneously a sign of his trust in her and a sign he was [[LetsGetDangerous about to kick some serious butt]]. By this time she is too shaken with emotion to even move, ultimately coming to the realization she ''wants'' to be a Straw Hat, leading to her ultimate decision to leave with them after Luffy defeats Arlong.

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** Nami as well. She had only intended to use Luffy for all he was worth before leaving. But the longer she stayed with them, the more she grew to like being part of the Straw Hats (especially compared to her experiences with Arlong). Eventually, she betrayed them and cheerfully took off with Going Merry, but once she was on her own, she broke down and cried. When the Straw Hats eventually follow her, she is visibly upset while trying to keep them out of a fight she thought they couldn't win. Like with Robin later on, Luffy continues to think of Nami as part of his crew and confronts Arlong for her sake. The final nail in this was when Luffy told Nami to watch [[NiceHat his signature straw hat]], simultaneously a sign of his trust in her and a sign he was [[LetsGetDangerous about to kick some serious butt]]. By this time she is too shaken with emotion to even move, ultimately coming to the realization she ''wants'' to be a Straw Hat, leading to her ultimate decision to leave with them after Luffy defeats Arlong.
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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': [[spoiler:Erika.]] She was an android built by Dr. Hell. However, she suffered from amnesia and had forgotten her origins. She genuinely believed she was a normal girl, and when she was told her true nature, she rejected it. In the end she helped TheHero Kouji [[spoiler:and she died because of it.]]
* Zero from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. She ended up fusing with the person she was emulating.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** The motivation of Captain Kuro, who wanted to give up the life of piracy to become a normal (albeit rich) man. Not so much a FaceHeelTurn considering how he wanted to do it, though... turns into a cruel subversion when he seems to consciously invoke this trope in a confrontation with the girl he intends to kill to make her drop her weapon
** Sogeking, in the same series. This is a literal case of becoming the mask for Usopp, who undergoes a heavy personality shift when he dons the Sogeking mask. This leads to a funny exchange where the Usopp and Sogeking parts of his personality have an argument while he's trying to think of a plan.
** This series actually has a running theme of declaring oneself to be something and then using that as a source of strength to follow through. Sogeking, Luffy, Don Krieg, etcetera
** Nico Robin had originally planned to use the Straw Hats as a shield until they deemed her too dangerous to protect any longer, as she had with all of the groups she joined. However, after being [[TrueCompanions accepted and loved by them as one of their own]], she chose to [[HeroicSacrifice give up her life for the sake of her crew]] by giving herself into [[TheGovernment the government that she had been running away from her whole life]]. Of course, [[RescueArc this didn't stop the Straw Hats]] from trying to save her despite her claiming she wanted to die; however, after the Straw Hats immediately declared ''war'' on said government she realized that they would stick by her no matter what, upon which she claimed that she wanted to stay in their crew forever and sail the seas with them.
** Nami as well. She had only intended to use Luffy for all he was worth before leaving. But the longer she stayed with them, the more she grew to like being part of the Straw Hats (especially compared to her experiences with Arlong). Eventually, she betrayed them and cheerfully took off with Going Merry, but once she was on her own, she broke down and cried. When the Straw Hats eventually follow her, she is visibly upset while trying to keep them out of a fight she thought they couldn't win. Like with Robin later on, Luffy continues to think of Nami as part of his crew and confronts Arlong for her sake. The final nail in this was when Luffy told Nami to watch [[NiceHat his signature straw hat]], simultaneously a sign of his trust in her and a sign he was [[LetsGetDangerous about to kick some serious butt]]. By this time she is too shaken with emotion to even move, ultimately coming to the realization she ''wants'' to be a Straw Hat, leading to her ultimate decision to leave with them after Luffy defeats Arlong.
* Mami in ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' is a spy charged with disrupting the reunion of Wataru and his sisters, pretending to be another sister; at the climax of the series, she is the one who takes the action necessary to keep the family together, rejecting her own ''real'' brother -- the mastermind of the scheme -- to beg Wataru to come back home.
* Played with in ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor''. Tylor finds out Harumi is a Raalgon spy early on, but makes the decision to keep it between them and trust her despite her inevitable betrayal -- something that completely confuses her. It's explicitly ''because'' of this response that Harumi begins having second thoughts that leads her to an official HeelFaceTurn.
* Kurama of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' was a kitsune before he died and inhabited the body of an unborn human child. He planned to run away from his human "mother" Shiori Minamino when his demonic powers returned, but realized that he loved her too much to leave.
* In ''Manga/ShugoChara'', [[spoiler:Mr. Nikaidou]] is a spy for Easter who infiltrates the school. While he has no compunctions with backstabbing the heroes whatsoever, he is eventually defeated, and following the ensuing DefeatMeansFriendship he immediately goes back to the school, performing the role he was using as his guise with no-one the wiser.

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* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': [[spoiler:Erika.]] She In episode 18 of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', the guy who was an android built hitting on Mikoto turns out to be a shapeshifting assassin assigned to kill her. He fell in love with her for real, so he decided to protect her from his colleagues, but murder Touma and get rid of his potential romantic rival. After Touma defeats him and a steel girder falls on him, he begs Touma to protect her as well.
* In the manhwa ''Manhwa/AflameInferno'', creatures called Tedlars can only interact with the human world
by Dr. Hell. taking over a human's body, subsequently killing the human doing so. As the Tedlars usually have to live the same life the possessed humans do to avoid detection (not to mention they have access to all the humans' memories), it's quite possible that they become the human they took over themselves. However, she suffered from amnesia usually Tedlars don't stay too long in one body and had forgotten return to their plane of existence to 'cast off' the fake identity, avoiding this.
** It's a plot point that the Tedlar called Inferno refused to return, thereby retaining
her origins. She genuinely believed she was a normal girl, memories as the human Jeanne de'Arc, and when she was told her true nature, she rejected it. In more importantly, the end she helped TheHero Kouji [[spoiler:and she died because of it.]]
* Zero from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. She ended up fusing with the person she was emulating.
* ''Manga/OnePiece''
** The motivation of Captain Kuro, who wanted to give up the life of piracy to become a normal (albeit rich) man. Not so much a FaceHeelTurn considering how he wanted to do it, though... turns into a cruel subversion when he seems to consciously invoke this trope in a confrontation with the girl he intends to kill to make her drop her weapon
** Sogeking, in the same series. This is a literal case
experience of becoming the mask for Usopp, who undergoes a heavy personality shift mother.
* In ''Anime/AquarionEvol'', Jin's infiltration of Earth is cut short
when he dons the Sogeking mask. This leads to a funny exchange where the Usopp and Sogeking parts of his personality have an argument while he's trying to think of a plan.
** This series
actually has a running theme of declaring oneself meets [[MarsNeedWomen the gender he is supposed to be something kidnap]] and then using that as a source of strength to follow through. Sogeking, Luffy, Don Krieg, etcetera
** Nico Robin had originally planned to use the Straw Hats as a shield until they deemed her too dangerous to protect any longer, as she had with all of the groups she joined. However, after being [[TrueCompanions accepted and loved by them as one of their own]], she chose to [[HeroicSacrifice give up her life for the sake of her crew]] by giving herself into [[TheGovernment the government that she had been running away from her whole life]]. Of course, [[RescueArc this didn't stop the Straw Hats]] from trying to save her despite her claiming she wanted to die; however, after the Straw Hats immediately declared ''war'' on said government she realized
realizes that they are people just like him and he doesn't really feel like betraying his new...fake?...friends.
* [[spoiler: Reiner Braun]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', in an absolutely heartbreaking deconstruction. [[spoiler: His guilt over his crimes as TheMole, and growing attachment to his human comrades, results in him suffering dissociative episodes. He essentially {{Mind Rape}}d himself into having episodes where he genuinely believes his cover is real, since that's who he
would stick by rather be]]. Two a little more minor cases also occur with [[spoiler: Annie Leonhart and Bertolt Hoover, his partners. During a rampage, Annie spares her no matter what, upon former classmates... which she claimed that she wanted to stay in their crew forever and sail the seas with them.
** Nami as well. She had only intended to use Luffy for all he was worth before leaving. But the longer she stayed with them, the more she grew to like being part of the Straw Hats (especially compared to her experiences with Arlong). Eventually, she betrayed them and cheerfully took off with Going Merry, but once she was on her own, she broke down and cried. When the Straw Hats
eventually follow her, she is visibly upset while trying to keep them out of a fight she thought they couldn't win. Like with Robin later on, Luffy continues to think of Nami as part of his crew and confronts Arlong for her sake. The final nail in this was when Luffy told Nami to watch [[NiceHat his signature straw hat]], simultaneously a sign of his trust in her and a sign he was [[LetsGetDangerous about to kick some serious butt]]. By this time she is too shaken with emotion to even move, ultimately coming to the realization she ''wants'' to be a Straw Hat, leading leads to her ultimate decision to leave with them after Luffy defeats Arlong.
* Mami in ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' is a spy charged with disrupting the reunion of Wataru and his sisters, pretending to be another sister; at the climax of the series, she is the one who takes the action necessary to keep the family together, rejecting her own ''real'' brother -- the mastermind of the scheme -- to beg Wataru to come back home.
* Played with in ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor''. Tylor finds out Harumi is a Raalgon spy early on, but makes the decision to keep it between them and trust her despite her inevitable betrayal -- something that completely confuses her. It's explicitly ''because'' of this response that Harumi begins having second thoughts that leads her to an official HeelFaceTurn.
* Kurama of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' was a kitsune before he died and inhabited the body of an unborn human child. He planned to run away from his human "mother" Shiori Minamino when his demonic powers returned, but realized that he loved her too much to leave.
* In ''Manga/ShugoChara'', [[spoiler:Mr. Nikaidou]] is a spy for Easter who infiltrates the school. While he has no compunctions with backstabbing the heroes whatsoever, he is
being exposed. And Bertolt eventually defeated, admits [[WasItAllALie that not everything was a lie and following the ensuing DefeatMeansFriendship he immediately goes back to the school, performing the role he was using as did care about his guise with no-one the wiser.comrades]] during his VillainousBreakdown]].



* The eighth ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' light novel:
** The StudentCouncilPresident installed by Koizumi's Organization was supposed to act as a stereotypical [[SmugSnake arrogant, scheming leader]] of the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil purely to serve as an opponent to keep Haruhi from getting bored (since her boredom can lead to [[RealityWarper bad things happening]]). In the ninth novel, however, the president seems to be slipping into the act subconsciously quite often. He even comments that he sometimes forgets which part of him is the "real" him.
** Heavily implied for [[StepfordSmiler Koizumi]] [[DissonantSerenity himself]] as well.

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* The eighth ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' light novel:
Contractor [[spoiler:Shihoko]] from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' started up a relationship with [[spoiler:Huang]] sometime in the past as part of a Syndicate mission. While she didn't let any feelings get in the way of the original plan, they ''did'' spark some [[WhatIsThisFeeling uncharacteristic pity]] that lead her to pull some strings and give [[spoiler:Huang]] the opportunity to join the Syndicate himself as an alternative to memory erasure.
** The StudentCouncilPresident installed by Koizumi's Organization Also the cult leader Alma in the same episode. She started out as a typically ruthless Contractor and started the [[ChurchOfHappyology Friends of the Gate]] as a way of hiding from Contractor-hunting humans and keeping abreast of information about the Gate. Over time, because of the faithful worshipers, she began to believe in peaceful coexistence and genuinely became the spiritual leader she pretended to be. Totally against Contractor stereotype, she was happy to bear the terrible price of using her powers (rapid aging and debilitating health) so that she could appear young before her followers, and also considered it a way to atone for her past actions.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'', [[spoiler:Ryu]]
was supposed to act as a stereotypical [[SmugSnake arrogant, scheming leader]] of be TheMole and infiltrate the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil purely to serve DDS, but as an opponent to keep Haruhi from getting bored (since her boredom can lead to [[RealityWarper bad things happening]]). In time passed he discovered [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove what friendship really was]] and grew fond of his partners for real.
* Souichi Negishi is a soft-hearted nice guy. His stage persona in ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity'', Krauser II, is a violent, foul-mouthed, vulgar Gene Simmons lookalike. Quite a few gags in
the ninth novel, however, the president seems to be slipping series revolve around Negishi accidentally lapsing into the act subconsciously quite often. He even comments that he sometimes forgets which part his Krauser II persona when he's out of him is the "real" him.
** Heavily implied for [[StepfordSmiler Koizumi]] [[DissonantSerenity himself]] as well.
costume, offending and confusing everyone around him.



* In ''Manga/{{Superior}}'', the BigBad female lead feigns hopelessness to gain the hero's trust and kill him. A few days later she realises she has a ''huge'' crush on him.

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* In ''Manga/{{Superior}}'', Sena Kobayakawa of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' undergoes this, taking on such a title and becoming the BigBad female lead feigns hopelessness to gain "Hero of Notre Dame." The more the hero's trust series progresses, the more he realizes how important that name really is and how people's dreams are relying on his lightspeed runs. And of course, this leads to problems when he [[spoiler:meets the real Eyeshield 21...s and has to fight for his title.]]
** Ironically his ultimate opponent is not someone who is vying for the title, but someone whom already surpassed everyone whom has taken up that title.
* Ninamori of ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' wanted for this to happen with her family. She thought if her parents would come to the play and watch it together, and they could all act like a happy family, it would become real. That was why she loved Puss In Boots so much: It represented a lie becoming a happy truth.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has this with some of the homunculi. For instance, [[TheDragon Pride]] is, as true to his name, totally bereft of compassion for any human being in the world... ''except'' for [[spoiler:his foster mother, Mrs. Bradley]], who tended dearly to him after he was hit by a car (not knowing he was a homunculus, nor about the near-immortality that comes with the territory). Doesn't mean he has any hesitation to sacrificing her along with ''the rest of the entire country'' in [[BigBad Father's]] plans, of course, but at the end of it all, [[spoiler:he's the only homunculus left - having his Philosopher's Stone eradicated, but spared from death, by Edward Elric - and he gets grow up from scratch under her care]]. Wrath also shows compassion for the same woman [[spoiler:given that she's ''his wife'']], but he doesn't have to put forth quite as much of an act as Pride does.
* Yukki and [[spoiler:Yuno]] in ''Manga/FutureDiary''. [[spoiler: Both of them were faking their love and using each other. Yukki used Yuno for protection and Yuno used Yukki for an emotional crutch. But over time the fake aspect became less and less fake and more like genuine love.]]
* ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}:
** [[spoiler:Michelle]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is sent to spy on the White Base. [[spoiler:She falls for a guy in the crew, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kai]], and tries to help him instead. [[StarCrossedLovers And then,]] [[HeroicSacrifice she dies]].]]
** ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''.
*** [[spoiler:Lyle Dylandy. He joins Celestial Being mostly as a Kataron DoubleAgent, but in the end, he becomes a full-fledged Gundam Meister like his deceased twin brother, Neil.]]
*** Also [[spoiler:[[ArtificialHuman Anew Returner]]. She's TheMole, but falls in love with Lyle. In the end, she attempts to [[MeaningfulName return]] to him and Celestial Being, but is controlled by [[BigBad Ribbons]] into attacking Lyle, forcing Setsuna to
kill him. A few days later her]].
** [[spoiler:Flay Alster]] in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]''. She pretended to love [[spoiler:Kira]] because [[spoiler:she wanted to have revenge against him for her dad's death, which he caused indirectly]], but ended up loving him for real.
*** Also, [[spoiler:Meer Campbell]] in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''. She's a NaiveEverygirl with a pathologically low self-esteem, chosen to [[spoiler:become Lacus Clyne's BodyDouble.]] She does her job more or less well... but as time passes, the girl's [[spoiler:identity issues kick in]],
she realises falls in love with [[spoiler:her SecretKeeper ''and'' Lacus's ex boyfriend]] Athrun Zala and [[TearJerker it does NOT end well for her]].
** Katejina Loos in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' is effectively kidnapped by the Zanscare early on. At that point,
she has comes up with the idea of getting close to them and becoming a ''huge'' crush on him.spy for the League Militaire. Whether or not that would have been possible ends up being beside the point, as she slowly (or maybe a little too suddenly) becomes an actual enemy pilot and a total [[KnightTemplar zealot]] by the end.
** Zeheart Gallette of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' enrolls in a Federation high school as part of his cover (he's a Vagan spy, but is [[CompulsorySchoolAge young enough to be in high school]]). He does this only to maintain his cover, but finds himself forming real friendships among his classmates, most especially with Asemu Asuno and Romary Stone, which continue to affect his judgement long after he rejoins the Vagan military.



* The eighth ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'' light novel:
** The StudentCouncilPresident installed by Koizumi's Organization was supposed to act as a stereotypical [[SmugSnake arrogant, scheming leader]] of the AbsurdlyPowerfulStudentCouncil purely to serve as an opponent to keep Haruhi from getting bored (since her boredom can lead to [[RealityWarper bad things happening]]). In the ninth novel, however, the president seems to be slipping into the act subconsciously quite often. He even comments that he sometimes forgets which part of him is the "real" him.
** Heavily implied for [[StepfordSmiler Koizumi]] [[DissonantSerenity himself]] as well.
* Played with in ''Anime/IrresponsibleCaptainTylor''. Tylor finds out Harumi is a Raalgon spy early on, but makes the decision to keep it between them and trust her despite her inevitable betrayal -- something that completely confuses her. It's explicitly ''because'' of this response that Harumi begins having second thoughts that leads her to an official HeelFaceTurn.



* Happens to [[spoiler:the fake Asuna, Shiori]], in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''. [[spoiler:While her Signum Bioregens supposedly makes her more-or-less a sleeper agent (which is in and of itself a subversion of this trope) with added control (she can apparently switch at will), Shiori is in danger of ''merging'' with Asuna's personality if she falls in love while disguised.]] Infiltrating a group held together by a ChickMagnet might not have been the best of ideas...
** Also appears to have happened to [[spoiler:Governor-General Kurt Godel]], who was unambiguously heroic 20 years ago. In the meantime, he infiltrated the corrupt senate, to find out more about and stop their villainy. He has since taken on many more villainous characteristics, such as being a SmugSnake and exhibiting FantasticRacism to an ''incredible'' degree.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''.
** [[spoiler:Lyle Dylandy. He joins Celestial Being mostly as a Kataron DoubleAgent, but in the end, he becomes a full-fledged Gundam Meister like his deceased twin brother, Neil.]]
** Also [[spoiler:[[ArtificialHuman Anew Returner]]. She's TheMole, but falls in love with Lyle. In the end, she attempts to [[MeaningfulName return]] to him and Celestial Being, but is controlled by [[BigBad Ribbons]] into attacking Lyle, forcing Setsuna to kill her]].
* [[spoiler:Flay Alster]] in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]''. She pretended to love [[spoiler:Kira]] because [[spoiler:she wanted to have revenge against him for her dad's death, which he caused indirectly]], but ended up loving him for real.
** Also, [[spoiler:Meer Campbell]] in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''. She's a NaiveEverygirl with a pathologically low self-esteem, chosen to [[spoiler:become Lacus Clyne's BodyDouble.]] She does her job more or less well... but as time passes, the girl's [[spoiler:identity issues kick in]], she falls in love with [[spoiler:her SecretKeeper ''and'' Lacus's ex boyfriend]] Athrun Zala and [[TearJerker it does NOT end well for her]].
* Katejina Loos in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' is effectively kidnapped by the Zanscare early on. At that point, she comes up with the idea of getting close to them and becoming a spy for the League Militaire. Whether or not that would have been possible ends up being beside the point, as she slowly (or maybe a little too suddenly) becomes an actual enemy pilot and a total [[KnightTemplar zealot]] by the end.
* Zeheart Gallette of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' enrolls in a Federation high school as part of his cover (he's a Vagan spy, but is [[CompulsorySchoolAge young enough to be in high school]]). He does this only to maintain his cover, but finds himself forming real friendships among his classmates, most especially with Asemu Asuno and Romary Stone, which continue to affect his judgement long after he rejoins the Vagan military.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ryoga initially allowed Akane to cuddle and sleep with his cursed animal form, as a way to piss off her fiance Ranma. It backfired massively when Ryoga actually ''fell in love with Akane'' since she was so kind to his animal form, but had already doomed his chances by sleeping in her bed without her knowing it. Ouch.
* Contractor [[spoiler:Shihoko]] from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' started up a relationship with [[spoiler:Huang]] sometime in the past as part of a Syndicate mission. While she didn't let any feelings get in the way of the original plan, they ''did'' spark some [[WhatIsThisFeeling uncharacteristic pity]] that lead her to pull some strings and give [[spoiler:Huang]] the opportunity to join the Syndicate himself as an alternative to memory erasure.
** Also the cult leader Alma in the same episode. She started out as a typically ruthless Contractor and started the [[ChurchOfHappyology Friends of the Gate]] as a way of hiding from Contractor-hunting humans and keeping abreast of information about the Gate. Over time, because of the faithful worshipers, she began to believe in peaceful coexistence and genuinely became the spiritual leader she pretended to be. Totally against Contractor stereotype, she was happy to bear the terrible price of using her powers (rapid aging and debilitating health) so that she could appear young before her followers, and also considered it a way to atone for her past actions.
* Sena Kobayakawa of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' undergoes this, taking on such a title and becoming the "Hero of Notre Dame." The more the series progresses, the more he realizes how important that name really is and how people's dreams are relying on his lightspeed runs. And of course, this leads to problems when he [[spoiler:meets the real Eyeshield 21...s and has to fight for his title.]]
** Ironically his ultimate opponent is not someone who is vying for the title, but someone whom already surpassed everyone whom has taken up that title.
* Stewart of ''Anime/SonicX'' was a government agent assigned to investigate Sonic and the other animals. As it turned out, while he shows himself capable as an agent, he's really good at, and really likes, being a teacher. And occasionally a BadassTeacher.
* [[spoiler:Michelle]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is sent to spy on the White Base. [[spoiler:She falls for a guy in the crew, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kai]], and tries to help him instead. [[StarCrossedLovers And then,]] [[HeroicSacrifice she dies]].]]
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' loves this trope. [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Kiriya]], [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar the Kiryuu twins]], [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Setsuna]] and [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Siren]] each pretended to be ordinary schoolkids in order to get close to the respective series' heroines and undermine their efforts. Inevitably, their interactions with the Cures expose them to the PowerOfFriendship and lead to a HeelFaceTurn by the end.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'', [[spoiler:Ryu]] was supposed to be TheMole and infiltrate the DDS, but as time passed he discovered [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove what friendship really was]] and grew fond of his partners for real.
* In the manhwa ''Manhwa/AflameInferno'', creatures called Tedlars can only interact with the human world by taking over a human's body, subsequently killing the human doing so. As the Tedlars usually have to live the same life the possessed humans do to avoid detection (not to mention they have access to all the humans' memories), it's quite possible that they become the human they took over themselves. However, usually Tedlars don't stay too long in one body and return to their plane of existence to 'cast off' the fake identity, avoiding this.
** It's a plot point that the Tedlar called Inferno refused to return, thereby retaining her memories as the human Jeanne de'Arc, and more importantly, the experience of becoming a mother.
* In episode 18 of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', the guy who was hitting on Mikoto turns out to be a shapeshifting assassin assigned to kill her. He fell in love with her for real, so he decided to protect her from his colleagues, but murder Touma and get rid of his potential romantic rival. After Touma defeats him and a steel girder falls on him, he begs Touma to protect her as well.
* Possible example in Shinigami from ''Manga/SoulEater''. He tells Asura that he took on his current silly appearance and demeanour to avoid scaring the children he wanted to recruit to his school, but that he 'got used' to it. The odd flashbacks depict him as far more ruthless and direct in his dealings with his enemies.

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* In ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'', [[spoiler: Togame]] really did fall in love with [[spoiler: Shichika]] but due to RevengeBeforeReason (at least according to them), they would have killed the latter in the end regardless.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'':
** Initially, [[spoiler:Chao Lingshen only travelled back in time and entered Mahora to change the past and expose magic to the world,]] but when Negi asks her whether the time she spent with her classmates [[WasItAllALie was just part of her disguise,]] she admits that the bonds she created and the happy and fun time she spent with her friends weren't part of her plan.
**
Happens to [[spoiler:the fake Asuna, Shiori]], in ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima''.Shiori]]. [[spoiler:While her Signum Bioregens supposedly makes her more-or-less a sleeper agent (which is in and of itself a subversion of this trope) with added control (she can apparently switch at will), Shiori is in danger of ''merging'' with Asuna's personality if she falls in love while disguised.]] Infiltrating a group held together by a ChickMagnet might not have been the best of ideas...
** Also appears to have happened to [[spoiler:Governor-General Kurt Godel]], Gödel]], who was unambiguously heroic 20 years ago. In the meantime, he infiltrated the corrupt senate, to find out more about and stop their villainy. He has since taken on many more villainous characteristics, such as being a SmugSnake and exhibiting FantasticRacism to an ''incredible'' degree.
* ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundam00 Gundam 00]]''.
** [[spoiler:Lyle Dylandy. He joins Celestial Being mostly as a Kataron DoubleAgent, but in
''Anime/MashinHeroWataruSeries'': Kurama took on the end, he becomes a full-fledged Gundam Meister like job as an agent for Doakudar for one, being forced, and two, solely for his deceased twin brother, Neil.own benefit to turn back human without considering his fellow townsmen. As he befriends Team Wataru and slowly understood their genuine friendship with him, he became intensely remorseful; eventually learns to put his benefits behind and aid Team Wataru to atone for his misdeeds.
* ''Anime/MazingerZ'': [[spoiler:Erika.]] She was an android built by Dr. Hell. However, she suffered from amnesia and had forgotten her origins. She genuinely believed she was a normal girl, and when she was told her true nature, she rejected it. In the end she helped TheHero Kouji [[spoiler:and she died because of it.
]]
** Also [[spoiler:[[ArtificialHuman Anew Returner]]. She's TheMole, but falls in love with Lyle. In the end, she attempts to [[MeaningfulName return]] to him and Celestial Being, but is controlled by [[BigBad Ribbons]] into attacking Lyle, forcing Setsuna to kill her]].
* [[spoiler:Flay Alster]] in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed Gundam SEED]]''. She pretended to love [[spoiler:Kira]] because [[spoiler:she wanted to have revenge against him for her dad's death, which he caused indirectly]], but ended up loving him for real.
** Also, [[spoiler:Meer Campbell]] in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeedDestiny Gundam SEED Destiny]]''. She's
Parodied at ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'', a NaiveEverygirl with a pathologically low self-esteem, chosen to [[spoiler:become Lacus Clyne's BodyDouble.]] She does her job more or less well... but as time passes, the girl's [[spoiler:identity issues kick in]], she falls in love with [[spoiler:her SecretKeeper ''and'' Lacus's ex boyfriend]] Athrun Zala and [[TearJerker it does NOT end well for her]].
* Katejina Loos in ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory Gundam]]'' is effectively kidnapped by the Zanscare early on. At that point, she comes up with the idea of getting close to them and becoming a spy for the League Militaire. Whether or not that would have been possible ends up being beside the point, as she slowly (or maybe a little too suddenly) becomes an actual enemy pilot and a total [[KnightTemplar zealot]] by the end.
* Zeheart Gallette of ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamAGE'' enrolls in a Federation high school as part of his cover (he's a Vagan spy, but is [[CompulsorySchoolAge young enough to be in high school]]). He does this only to maintain his cover, but finds himself forming real friendships among his classmates, most especially with Asemu Asuno and Romary Stone, which continue to affect his judgement long after he rejoins the Vagan military.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ryoga initially allowed Akane to cuddle and sleep with his cursed animal form, as a way to piss off her fiance Ranma. It backfired massively when Ryoga actually ''fell in love with Akane'' since she was so kind to his animal form, but had already doomed his chances by sleeping in her bed without her knowing it. Ouch.
* Contractor [[spoiler:Shihoko]] from ''Anime/DarkerThanBlack'' started up a relationship with [[spoiler:Huang]] sometime in the past as part of a Syndicate mission. While she didn't let any feelings get in the way
deconstruction of the original plan, they ''did'' spark some [[WhatIsThisFeeling uncharacteristic pity]] that lead her to pull some strings and give [[spoiler:Huang]] the opportunity to join the Syndicate himself as an alternative to memory erasure.
** Also the cult leader Alma in the same episode. She started out as a typically ruthless Contractor and started the [[ChurchOfHappyology Friends of the Gate]] as a way of hiding from Contractor-hunting humans and keeping abreast of information about the Gate. Over time, because of the faithful worshipers, she began to believe in peaceful coexistence and genuinely became the spiritual leader she pretended to be. Totally against Contractor stereotype, she was happy to bear the terrible price of using her powers (rapid aging and debilitating health) so that she could appear young before her followers, and also considered it a way to atone for her past actions.
* Sena Kobayakawa of ''Manga/{{Eyeshield 21}}'' undergoes this, taking on such a title and becoming the "Hero of Notre Dame." The more the series progresses, the more
FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs: Just after his TomatoInTheMirror moment, when he realizes how important that name really is and how people's dreams are relying on his lightspeed runs. And of course, this leads to problems when he [[spoiler:meets the real Eyeshield 21...s and has to fight for his title.]]
** Ironically his ultimate opponent
is not someone an [[{{Sentai}} Star Ranger]], but merely a ShopKeeper who is vying for the title, but someone whom already surpassed everyone whom has taken up CannotTellFictionFromReality, Akihiko decides that title.
* Stewart of ''Anime/SonicX''
even if he is not a Star Ranger, he will be a hero and see that a little boy is not harmed by an AngryGuardDog.
--> '''Kankuro:''' ''[[YouCanBarelyStand Hey Akihiko, your body can’t…]]''\\
'''Akihiko:''' [''signals Kankuro to shut up''] ''[[DamselInDistress Wakana-chan is waiting for Toshiyuki – Kun’s safe return]]''. – ThemeMusicPowerUp begins - ''[[HeroicResolve I’ve still got willpower]]. [[IGaveMyWord Since I
was a government agent assigned to investigate Sonic and the other animals. As it turned out, while he shows himself capable as an agent, he's really good at, and really likes, being a teacher. And occasionally a BadassTeacher.
* [[spoiler:Michelle]] from ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam'' is sent to spy on the White Base. [[spoiler:She falls for a guy in the crew, [[JerkWithAHeartOfGold Kai]], and tries
asked, I have to help him instead. [[StarCrossedLovers And then,]] [[HeroicSacrifice she dies]].]]
* ''Anime/PrettyCure'' loves this trope. [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Kiriya]], [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar the Kiryuu twins]], [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Setsuna]] and [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Siren]] each pretended to be ordinary schoolkids in order to get close to the respective series' heroines and undermine their efforts. Inevitably, their interactions with the Cures expose them to the PowerOfFriendship and lead to a HeelFaceTurn by the end.
* In ''Manga/DetectiveSchoolQ'', [[spoiler:Ryu]] was supposed to be TheMole and infiltrate the DDS, but as time passed he discovered [[WhatIsThisThingYouCallLove what friendship really was]] and grew fond of his partners for real.
* In the manhwa ''Manhwa/AflameInferno'', creatures called Tedlars can only interact with the human world by taking over a human's body, subsequently killing the human doing so. As the Tedlars usually have to live the same life the possessed humans do to avoid detection (not to mention they have access to all the humans' memories), it's quite possible that they become the human they took over themselves. However, usually Tedlars don't stay too long in one body and return to their plane of existence to 'cast off' the fake identity, avoiding this.
** It's a plot point that the Tedlar called Inferno refused to return, thereby retaining her memories as the human Jeanne de'Arc, and more importantly, the experience of becoming a mother.
* In episode 18 of ''LightNovel/ACertainMagicalIndex'', the guy who was hitting on Mikoto turns out to be a shapeshifting assassin assigned to kill her. He fell in love with her for real, so he decided to protect her
her!]] [[HeroicSpirit A man… is forged from his colleagues, but murder Touma willpower and get rid perserverance!]]'' – Cue ImagineSpotting of his potential romantic rival. After Touma defeats him and a steel girder falls on him, he begs Touma to protect her Akihiko as well.
* Possible example in Shinigami from ''Manga/SoulEater''. He tells Asura that he took on his current silly appearance and demeanour to avoid scaring the children he wanted to recruit to his school, but that he 'got used' to it. The odd flashbacks depict him as far more ruthless and direct in his dealings with his enemies.
[[RedIsHeroic Red Star]].



* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Fai]] has secretly been working as a [[TheMole mole]] for Fei Wong in an attempt to [[spoiler: resurrect his twin brother]] and has been misleading the group the entire time. However, he eventually develops a genuine affection for his comrades and undergoes a HeelFaceTurn just prior to the reveal.
* Played with in ''Manag/SpecialA''. Megumi tries to distract Yahiro (the closest thing the early chapters have to a BigBad) so that he won't interfere with [[BetaCouple Akira and Tadashi's]] burgeoning relationship. She does so by pretending to like him. Yahiro sees right through the mask, but goes along with it just to screw with her. In the process they end up actually falling for each other.
* ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'' has this with some of the homunculi. For instance, [[TheDragon Pride]] is, as true to his name, totally bereft of compassion for any human being in the world... ''except'' for [[spoiler:his foster mother, Mrs. Bradley]], who tended dearly to him after he was hit by a car (not knowing he was a homunculus, nor about the near-immortality that comes with the territory). Doesn't mean he has any hesitation to sacrificing her along with ''the rest of the entire country'' in [[BigBad Father's]] plans, of course, but at the end of it all, [[spoiler:he's the only homunculus left - having his Philosopher's Stone eradicated, but spared from death, by Edward Elric - and he gets grow up from scratch under her care]]. Wrath also shows compassion for the same woman [[spoiler:given that she's ''his wife'']], but he doesn't have to put forth quite as much of an act as Pride does.
* Yukki and [[spoiler:Yuno]] in ''Manga/FutureDiary''. [[spoiler: Both of them were faking their love and using each other. Yukki used Yuno for protection and Yuno used Yukki for an emotional crutch. But over time the fake aspect became less and less fake and more like genuine love.]]
* Ninamori of ''Anime/{{FLCL}}'' wanted for this to happen with her family. She thought if her parents would come to the play and watch it together, and they could all act like a happy family, it would become real. That was why she loved Puss In Boots so much: It represented a lie becoming a happy truth.
* Souichi Negishi is a soft-hearted nice guy. His stage persona in ''Manga/DetroitMetalCity'', Krauser II, is a violent, foul-mouthed, vulgar Gene Simmons lookalike. Quite a few gags in the series revolve around Negishi accidentally lapsing into his Krauser II persona when he's out of costume, offending and confusing everyone around him.
* Parodied at ''Manga/MutekiKanbanMusume'', a deconstruction of the FightingSeries PlayedForLaughs: Just after his TomatoInTheMirror moment, when he realizes he is not an [[{{Sentai}} Star Ranger]], but merely a ShopKeeper who CannotTellFictionFromReality, Akihiko decides that even if he is not a Star Ranger, he will be a hero and see that a little boy is not harmed by an AngryGuardDog.
--> '''Kankuro:''' ''[[YouCanBarelyStand Hey Akihiko, your body can’t…]]''\\
'''Akihiko:''' [''signals Kankuro to shut up''] ''[[DamselInDistress Wakana-chan is waiting for Toshiyuki – Kun’s safe return]]''. – ThemeMusicPowerUp begins - ''[[HeroicResolve I’ve still got willpower]]. [[IGaveMyWord Since I was asked, I have to help her!]] [[HeroicSpirit A man… is forged from willpower and perserverance!]]'' – Cue ImagineSpotting of Akihiko as [[RedIsHeroic Red Star]].
* In ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime'', Sima Yi's plan for revenge after [[spoiler:Cao Cao has his family purged]] involves his assassin Liaoyuan Huo joining "a worthy lord" and using Sima Yi's money to build him up as a rival to Sima Yi's lord Cao Cao[[note]]particularly after the deaths of Lu Bu and Sun Ce, then moreso after the northern Yuan clan's downfall[[/note]] so that [[TheStarscream Sima Yi can work his way up Cao Cao's ranks]]. However, Sima Yi already admits [[CallForward his recognition that Liaoyuan Huo has been "want(ing) to leave this dark maze"]] (as Zhao Yun realized during [[spoiler:his rescue of Zhang Lei and Sima Lang during the purge of the Sima clan residence]][[note]]"I have always wanted to crawl out of this place, crawl toward the light. For what? Living without ambition, like Zhongda; I hate that kind of life. Living from day to day, like my life; I hate that too."[[/note]]) and years later, in chapters 386 and 387 [[spoiler:Huo turns on his teacher as an assassin after the teacher and his men take Liu Bei's wives and son hostage during the Battle of Changban]], having by now internalized the name that Liu Bei gave him: [[spoiler:Zhao Yun, styled Zilong]].
* [[spoiler: Reiner Braun]] from ''Manga/AttackOnTitan'', in an absolutely heartbreaking deconstruction. [[spoiler: His guilt over his crimes as TheMole, and growing attachment to his human comrades, results in him suffering dissociative episodes. He essentially {{Mind Rape}}d himself into having episodes where he genuinely believes his cover is real, since that's who he would rather be]]. Two a little more minor cases also occur with [[spoiler: Annie Leonhart and Bertolt Hoover, his partners. During a rampage, Annie spares her former classmates... which eventually leads to her being exposed. And Bertolt eventually admits [[WasItAllALie that not everything was a lie and he did care about his comrades]] during his VillainousBreakdown]].



* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has this as part of Kenshin's backstory: [[spoiler: Kenshin/Battosai's first love Yukishiro Tomoe was sent to Battosai to become close to him as part of a plan to discover his weaknesses, something she was participating in because one of the samurai Battosai killed was her fiancee. However, her influence on him caused Battosai to show his kinder side to her, which resulted in her falling for him for real.]]
* Hinted at in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', where [[DepravedBisexual Tsukiyama]] [[TheFriendNobodyLikes Shuu]] joins the protagonist Kaneki's FiveManBand with the intention of [[ImAHumanitarian eventually eating him]], but begins to show instances of genuine kindness toward him. By the end of the manga, [[spoiler: Tsukiyama is the only one who tries to stop Kaneki's SuicideMission, and following Kaneki's death seems to fall into an AngstComa - though this may be because [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation he still wishes he got to eat him]]]].
** A more abstract example is Kaneki himself, who starts out the story looking far more frightening than he really is - due to a particularly terrifying leather [[RuleOfSymbolism mask]] that Uta made for him. By the end, however, he suits the personality reflected by his mask [[SanitySlippage much better]].
* In ''LightNovel/{{Katanagatari}}'', [[spoiler: Togame]] really did fall in love with [[spoiler: Shichika]] but due to RevengeBeforeReason (at least according to them), they would have killed the latter in the end regardless.



* ''Anime/MashinHeroWataruSeries'': Kurama took on the job as an agent for Doakudar for one, being forced, and two, solely for his own benefit to turn back human without considering his fellow townsmen. As he befriends Team Wataru and slowly understood their genuine friendship with him, he became intensely remorseful; eventually learns to put his benefits behind and aid Team Wataru to atone for his misdeeds.
* In ''Anime/AquarionEvol'', Jin's infiltration of Earth is cut short when he actually meets [[MarsNeedWomen the gender he is supposed to kidnap]] and realizes that they are people just like him and he doesn't really feel like betraying his new...fake?...friends.

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* ''Anime/MashinHeroWataruSeries'': Kurama took on ''Manga/OnePiece''
** This series actually has a running theme of declaring oneself to be something and then using that as a source of strength to follow through. Sogeking, Luffy, Don Krieg, etc.
** The motivation of Captain Kuro, who wanted to give up
the job as an agent for Doakudar for one, being forced, and two, solely for his own benefit life of piracy to turn back human without become a normal (albeit rich) man. Not so much a FaceHeelTurn considering how he wanted to do it, though... turns into a cruel subversion when he seems to consciously invoke this trope in a confrontation with the girl he intends to kill to make her drop her weapon.
** Nami as well. She had only intended to use Luffy for all he was worth before leaving. But the longer she stayed with them, the more she grew to like being part of the Straw Hats (especially compared to her experiences with Arlong). Eventually, she betrayed them and cheerfully took off with Going Merry, but once she was on her own, she broke down and cried. When the Straw Hats eventually follow her, she is visibly upset while trying to keep them out of a fight she thought they couldn't win. Like with Robin later on, Luffy continues to think of Nami as part of
his fellow townsmen. As crew and confronts Arlong for her sake. The final nail in this was when Luffy told Nami to watch [[NiceHat his signature straw hat]], simultaneously a sign of his trust in her and a sign he befriends Team was [[LetsGetDangerous about to kick some serious butt]]. By this time she is too shaken with emotion to even move, ultimately coming to the realization she ''wants'' to be a Straw Hat, leading to her ultimate decision to leave with them after Luffy defeats Arlong.
** Sogeking. This is a literal case of becoming the mask for Usopp, who undergoes a heavy personality shift when he dons the Sogeking mask. This leads to a funny exchange where the Usopp and Sogeking parts of his personality have an argument while he's trying to think of a plan.
** Nico Robin had originally planned to use the Straw Hats as a shield until they deemed her too dangerous to protect any longer, as she had with all of the groups she joined. However, after being [[TrueCompanions accepted and loved by them as one of their own]], she chose to [[HeroicSacrifice give up her life for the sake of her crew]] by giving herself into [[TheGovernment the government that she had been running away from her whole life]]. Of course, [[RescueArc this didn't stop the Straw Hats]] from trying to save her despite her claiming she wanted to die; however, after the Straw Hats immediately declared ''war'' on said government she realized that they would stick by her no matter what, upon which she claimed that she wanted to stay in their crew forever and sail the seas with them.
* ''Franchise/PrettyCure'' loves this trope. [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCure Kiriya]], [[Anime/FutariWaPrettyCureSplashStar the Kiryuu twins]], [[Anime/FreshPrettyCure Setsuna]] and [[Anime/SuitePrettyCure Siren]] each pretended to be ordinary schoolkids in order to get close to the respective series' heroines and undermine their efforts. Inevitably, their interactions with the Cures expose them to the PowerOfFriendship and lead to a HeelFaceTurn by the end.
* In ''Manga/RanmaOneHalf'', Ryoga initially allowed Akane to cuddle and sleep with his cursed animal form, as a way to piss off her fiance Ranma. It backfired massively when Ryoga actually ''fell in love with Akane'' since she was so kind to his animal form, but had already doomed his chances by sleeping in her bed without her knowing it. Ouch.
* In ''Manhua/RavagesOfTime'', Sima Yi's plan for revenge after [[spoiler:Cao Cao has his family purged]] involves his assassin Liaoyuan Huo joining "a worthy lord" and using Sima Yi's money to build him up as a rival to Sima Yi's lord Cao Cao[[note]]particularly after the deaths of Lu Bu and Sun Ce, then moreso after the northern Yuan clan's downfall[[/note]] so that [[TheStarscream Sima Yi can work his way up Cao Cao's ranks]]. However, Sima Yi already admits [[CallForward his recognition that Liaoyuan Huo has been "want(ing) to leave this dark maze"]] (as Zhao Yun realized during [[spoiler:his rescue of Zhang Lei and Sima Lang during the purge of the Sima clan residence]][[note]]"I have always wanted to crawl out of this place, crawl toward the light. For what? Living without ambition, like Zhongda; I hate that kind of life. Living from day to day, like my life; I hate that too."[[/note]]) and years later, in chapters 386 and 387 [[spoiler:Huo turns on his teacher as an assassin after the teacher and his men take Liu Bei's wives and son hostage during the Battle of Changban]], having by now internalized the name that Liu Bei gave him: [[spoiler:Zhao Yun, styled Zilong]].
* ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' has this as part of Kenshin's backstory: [[spoiler: Kenshin/Battosai's first love Yukishiro Tomoe was sent to Battosai to become close to him as part of a plan to discover his weaknesses, something she was participating in because one of the samurai Battosai killed was her fiancee. However, her influence on him caused Battosai to show his kinder side to her, which resulted in her falling for him for real.]]
* In ''Manga/ShugoChara'', [[spoiler:Mr. Nikaidou]] is a spy for Easter who infiltrates the school. While he has no compunctions with backstabbing the heroes whatsoever, he is eventually defeated, and following the ensuing DefeatMeansFriendship he immediately goes back to the school, performing the role he was using as his guise with no-one the wiser.
* Mami in ''LightNovel/SisterPrincess'' is a spy charged with disrupting the reunion of
Wataru and slowly understood their genuine friendship his sisters, pretending to be another sister; at the climax of the series, she is the one who takes the action necessary to keep the family together, rejecting her own ''real'' brother -- the mastermind of the scheme -- to beg Wataru to come back home.
* Stewart of ''Anime/SonicX'' was a government agent assigned to investigate Sonic and the other animals. As it turned out, while he shows himself capable as an agent, he's really good at, and really likes, being a teacher. And occasionally a BadassTeacher.
* Possible example in Shinigami from ''Manga/SoulEater''. He tells Asura that he took on his current silly appearance and demeanour to avoid scaring the children he wanted to recruit to his school, but that he 'got used' to it. The odd flashbacks depict him as far more ruthless and direct in his dealings
with him, his enemies.
* Played with in ''Manag/SpecialA''. Megumi tries to distract Yahiro (the closest thing the early chapters have to a BigBad) so that
he became intensely remorseful; won't interfere with [[BetaCouple Akira and Tadashi's]] burgeoning relationship. She does so by pretending to like him. Yahiro sees right through the mask, but goes along with it just to screw with her. In the process they end up actually falling for each other.
* In ''Manga/{{Superior}}'', the BigBad female lead feigns hopelessness to gain the hero's trust and kill him. A few days later she realises she has a ''huge'' crush on him.
* Zero from ''Anime/TenchiMuyo''. She ended up fusing with the person she was emulating.
* Hinted at in ''Manga/TokyoGhoul'', where [[DepravedBisexual Tsukiyama]] [[TheFriendNobodyLikes Shuu]] joins the protagonist Kaneki's FiveManBand with the intention of [[ImAHumanitarian
eventually learns eating him]], but begins to put show instances of genuine kindness toward him. By the end of the manga, [[spoiler: Tsukiyama is the only one who tries to stop Kaneki's SuicideMission, and following Kaneki's death seems to fall into an AngstComa - though this may be because [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation he still wishes he got to eat him]]]].
** A more abstract example is Kaneki himself, who starts out the story looking far more frightening than he really is - due to a particularly terrifying leather [[RuleOfSymbolism mask]] that Uta made for him. By the end, however, he suits the personality reflected by
his benefits behind mask [[SanitySlippage much better]].
* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'', it is revealed that [[spoiler: Fai]] has secretly been working as a [[TheMole mole]] for Fei Wong in an attempt to [[spoiler: resurrect his twin brother]]
and aid Team Wataru to atone has been misleading the group the entire time. However, he eventually develops a genuine affection for his misdeeds.
comrades and undergoes a HeelFaceTurn just prior to the reveal.
* In ''Anime/AquarionEvol'', Jin's infiltration Kurama of Earth is cut short ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'' was a kitsune before he died and inhabited the body of an unborn human child. He planned to run away from his human "mother" Shiori Minamino when he actually meets [[MarsNeedWomen the gender he is supposed to kidnap]] and realizes his demonic powers returned, but realized that they are people just like him and he doesn't really feel like betraying his new...fake?...friends.loved her too much to leave.
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** [[spoiler: Cloud]] wanted to be a badass SuperSoldier hero like the members of SOLDIER, but was regulated to being a faceless Shinra goon instead. [[spoiler: After Sephiroth's FaceHeelTurn and first death at Cloud's hands, Cloud and his comrade (and actual SOLDIER member) Zack are used as human experiments, which combined with Zack's death later on, traumatized Cloud enough that he started imagining himself in Zack's place in his memories leading up to Sephiroth's betrayal. When the truth eventually comes out, though, he's already become a massive thorn in Shinra's side, and eventually goes on to become the hero he always wanted to be, albeit fighting ''against'' the organization he wanted to join and one of the ex-SOLDIER members he looked up to.]]

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** [[spoiler: Cloud]] wanted to be a badass SuperSoldier hero like the members of SOLDIER, but was regulated to being a faceless Shinra goon instead. instead, and during the events of the game makes believe that he was a member of SOLDIER all along. [[spoiler: After Sephiroth's FaceHeelTurn and first death at Cloud's hands, Cloud and his comrade (and actual SOLDIER member) Zack are used as human experiments, which combined with Zack's death later on, traumatized Cloud enough that he started imagining Though to be fair, he's lying even to himself in Zack's place in due to intense mental trauma after being experimented on and watching his memories leading up to Sephiroth's betrayal.war buddy Zack die right in front of him. When the truth eventually comes out, though, he's already become a massive thorn in Shinra's side, and eventually goes on to become the hero he always wanted to be, albeit fighting ''against'' the organization he wanted to join and one of the ex-SOLDIER members he looked up to.]]
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