History Main / HeelFaceReturn

13th Aug '17 5:04:56 PM nombretomado
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* Loki from ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' was once a leader of the antagonistic group Ragnarok, and an all-around unrepentant {{jerkass}}. In a later arc, he was shown spying on Yomi for Nijima.

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* Loki from ''KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' ''Manga/KenichiTheMightiestDisciple'' was once a leader of the antagonistic group Ragnarok, and an all-around unrepentant {{jerkass}}. In a later arc, he was shown spying on Yomi for Nijima.
18th May '17 5:33:54 PM PhilsLover
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* Wrestling/JeffHardy from Wrestling/{{TNA}} is an example of how a wrestler returns as a face and [[ReformedButRejected still gets heat for their past actions]]. Not only did he [[FaceHeelTurn align himself with Immortal]], but also [[DrugsAreBad fell terribly short on his performance at Victory Road 2011]]. So a few months later, Jeff returns and becomes TheAtoner, apologizing to the fans and the locker room for his unprofessional behavior, yet the locker room wasn't receptive to this matter until a few months later. As of Bound For Glory 2012, Jeff wins the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, thus completed his road to redemption.

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* Wrestling/JeffHardy from Wrestling/{{TNA}} in 2011-12 is an example of how a wrestler returns as a face and [[ReformedButRejected still gets heat for their past actions]]. Not only did he [[FaceHeelTurn align himself with Immortal]], but also [[DrugsAreBad fell terribly short on his performance at Victory Road 2011]]. So a few months later, Jeff returns and becomes TheAtoner, apologizing to the fans and the locker room for his unprofessional behavior, yet the locker room wasn't receptive to this matter until a few months later. As of At Bound For Glory 2012, Jeff wins won the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, thus completed completing his road to redemption.
3rd Jan '17 5:37:43 AM Kakai
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* In ''Literature/TheStormlightArchive'', this was [[WhatCouldHaveBeen originally set to happen]] with one of the villains, but the author eventually decided that this would be skirting too close to an AssPull, and so wrote the ''Literature/{{Edgedancer}}'' novella to defy this trope.
13th Nov '16 5:56:05 PM LordDynasmon
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* Wrestling/JeffHardy from Wrestling/{{TNA}} is an example of how a wrestler returns as a face and [[ReformedButRejected still gets heat for their past actions]]. Not only did he [[FaceHeelTurn aligned himself with Immortal]], but also [[DrugsAreBad fell terribly short on his performance at Victory Road 2011]]. So a few months later, Jeff returns and becomes TheAtoner, apologizing to the fans and the locker room for his unprofessional behavior, yet the locker room wasn't receptive to this matter until a few months later. As of Bound For Glory 2012, Jeff wins the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, thus completed his road to redemption.

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* Wrestling/JeffHardy from Wrestling/{{TNA}} is an example of how a wrestler returns as a face and [[ReformedButRejected still gets heat for their past actions]]. Not only did he [[FaceHeelTurn aligned align himself with Immortal]], but also [[DrugsAreBad fell terribly short on his performance at Victory Road 2011]]. So a few months later, Jeff returns and becomes TheAtoner, apologizing to the fans and the locker room for his unprofessional behavior, yet the locker room wasn't receptive to this matter until a few months later. As of Bound For Glory 2012, Jeff wins the TNA World Heavyweight Championship, thus completed his road to redemption.
30th Jul '16 10:40:40 AM nombretomado
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* Wrestling/JohnCena arranged for a ''double'' Heel Face Return in August 2010. ChrisJericho and {{Edge}}, who had been unrepentant Heels up until then (Edge had had an earlier Heel Face Return when he'd won the Royal Rumble in January, but he'd subsequently turned heel again after failing to win the World Heavyweight Championship and attacking Randy Orton.) were persuaded by Cena to join him in a coalition consisting mostly of faces (Wrestling/BretHart, Great Khali, Wrestling/JohnMorrison, and R-Truth rounding out the group) after they were all individually attacked by Wrestling/TheNexus. Edge quit the group out of parnoia, while Jericho's egotism and desire to be the leader of Cena's army led to a match between the two that he lost and left due to the match stipulation. However, they eventually decided to fight beside Cena at ''[=SummerSlam=]'' after all. However, both promptly turned heel ''again'' at the actual event (granted, it was largely due to a misunderstanding on Cena's part); Jericho remained a heel for what remained of his WWE career, while Edge turned face for a ''third'' time that year after a confrontation with the ''RAW'' General Manager shortly afterward - leading to his final run prior to his untimely retirement.

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* Wrestling/JohnCena arranged for a ''double'' Heel Face Return in August 2010. ChrisJericho Wrestling/ChrisJericho and {{Edge}}, Wrestling/{{Edge}}, who had been unrepentant Heels up until then (Edge had had an earlier Heel Face Return when he'd won the Royal Rumble in January, but he'd subsequently turned heel again after failing to win the World Heavyweight Championship and attacking Randy Orton.) were persuaded by Cena to join him in a coalition consisting mostly of faces (Wrestling/BretHart, Great Khali, Wrestling/JohnMorrison, and R-Truth rounding out the group) after they were all individually attacked by Wrestling/TheNexus. Edge quit the group out of parnoia, while Jericho's egotism and desire to be the leader of Cena's army led to a match between the two that he lost and left due to the match stipulation. However, they eventually decided to fight beside Cena at ''[=SummerSlam=]'' after all. However, both promptly turned heel ''again'' at the actual event (granted, it was largely due to a misunderstanding on Cena's part); Jericho remained a heel for what remained of his WWE career, while Edge turned face for a ''third'' time that year after a confrontation with the ''RAW'' General Manager shortly afterward - leading to his final run prior to his untimely retirement.
23rd May '16 10:19:10 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* ''YuYuHakusho'': Hiei gets caught by Yusuke for stealing from his boss, but he returns a couple arcs later as an AntiHero AloofAlly, and stays that way for the rest of the series.

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* ''YuYuHakusho'': ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'': Hiei gets caught by Yusuke for stealing from his boss, but he returns a couple arcs later as an AntiHero AloofAlly, and stays that way for the rest of the series.
27th Mar '16 4:42:38 AM SSJMagus
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** Gwen's ArchEnemy [[EvilSorcerer Hex]] appeared in the first three series as an antagonist, but, when he returned in ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', was revealed to have reformed offscreen.

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** Gwen's ArchEnemy [[EvilSorcerer Hex]] appeared in the first three series as an antagonist, but, when he returned in ''[[WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse Omniverse]]'', was revealed to have reformed offscreen. Which was particularly odd given that he was generally depicted as being more evil and with less justification than his niece Charmcaster, Gwen's trapped-in-the-HeelFaceRevolvingDoor rival.
27th Mar '16 4:36:23 AM SSJMagus
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* The finale of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' features Goku fighting a boy named [[SdrawkcabName Uub]] in the World Martial Arts Tournament. As it turns out, Uub is the reincarnation of [[EldritchAbomination Majin Buu]], the final and most powerful villain in the series. However, Uub is not fighting Goku out of revenge, but because he entered the tournament to try and support his village with the prize money, and Goku just happens to be his opponent; Uub doesn't even ''remember'' his life as Majin Buu! Goku sees enough physical & emotional strength in the kind Uub that he trains him to become his successor as the guardian of Earth.

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* The finale of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' features Goku fighting a boy named [[SdrawkcabName Uub]] in the World Martial Arts Tournament. As it turns out, Uub is the reincarnation of [[EldritchAbomination Majin Buu]], the final and most powerful villain in the series. However, Uub is not fighting Goku out of revenge, but because he entered the tournament to try and support his village with the prize money, and Goku just happens to be his opponent; Uub doesn't even ''remember'' his life as Majin Buu! Goku sees enough physical & emotional strength in the kind Uub that he trains him to become his successor as the guardian of Earth. Majin Buu's reincarnation as Uub was a favor granted by King Enma to Goku, though Goku doesn't actually know this.
26th Jan '16 6:18:22 PM bowserbros
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* The finale of ''Anime/DragonBallZ'' features Goku fighting a boy named [[SdrawkcabName Uub]] in the World Martial Arts Tournament. As it turns out, Uub is the reincarnation of [[EldritchAbomination Majin Buu]], the final and most powerful villain in the series. However, Uub is not fighting Goku out of revenge, but because he entered the tournament to try and support his village with the prize money, and Goku just happens to be his opponent; Uub doesn't even ''remember'' his life as Majin Buu! Goku sees enough physical & emotional strength in the kind Uub that he trains him to become his successor as the guardian of Earth.
16th Nov '15 4:35:10 AM erforce
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* In ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'', Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger plays the main villain. In ''Franchise/{{Terminator}} 2'', his [[BackupTwin seemingly otherwise identical character]]'s goal is to protect John Connor against the main villain. This is because the second T-800 was captured and reprogrammed by the human resistance.
** Sort of happens in the third film as well (although the "heel" part was off camera) since the Terminator had killed John in the future before it was reprogrammed and sent back.
* Barbossa from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' does this when he returns unexpectedly as one of the good guys at the end of the second movie. Also, to a lesser extent, Pintel and Ragetti at the beginning of the same movie, for no real reason other than to serve as comic relief.
* Gunner Jensen spends most of ''Film/TheExpendables'' as one of the main villains, before disappearing at the end of the second act. He reappears in the final scene and is forgiven by the heroes, and he spends the rest of the film series as a hero himself.

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* In ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'', ''Franchise/{{Terminator}}'',
** In ''Film/TheTerminator'',
Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger plays the main villain. In ''Franchise/{{Terminator}} 2'', ''Film/Terminator2JudgmentDay'', his [[BackupTwin seemingly otherwise identical character]]'s goal is to protect John Connor against the main villain. This is because the second T-800 was captured and reprogrammed by the human resistance.
** Sort of happens in the [[Film/Terminator3RiseOfTheMachines third film film]] as well (although the "heel" part was off camera) since the Terminator had killed John in the future before it was reprogrammed and sent back.
* Barbossa from ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'' does this when he returns unexpectedly as one of the good guys at the end of the [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanDeadMansChest second movie.movie]]. Also, to a lesser extent, Pintel and Ragetti at the beginning of the same movie, for no real reason other than to serve as comic relief.
* Gunner Gunnar Jensen spends most of ''Film/TheExpendables'' as one of the main villains, before disappearing at the end of the second act. He reappears in the final scene and is forgiven by the heroes, and he spends the rest of the film series as a hero himself.
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