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5th Aug '17 7:37:46 AM SeptimusHeap
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* Eve Teschmacher in the 1978 ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movie and Kitty Kowalski in ''SupermanReturns''.

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* Eve Teschmacher in the 1978 ''Film/{{Superman}}'' movie and Kitty Kowalski in ''SupermanReturns''.''Film/SupermanReturns''.
2nd Aug '17 6:28:21 PM DesertDragon
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The reason this trope exists is a combination of BeautyEqualsGoodness plus the DoubleStandard that women [[FemalesAreMoreInnocent cannot be truly evil]]. For the same reason, a female villain typically has to go above and beyond her male counterparts before the audience will accept her as irredeemable. The flipside to this is the UnfortunateImplications of the male sex being more evil than that of the former villainess.

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The reason this trope exists is a combination of BeautyEqualsGoodness plus the DoubleStandard that women [[FemalesAreMoreInnocent cannot be truly evil]]. For the same reason, a female villain typically has to go above and beyond her male counterparts before the audience will accept her as irredeemable. The flipside to this is the UnfortunateImplications of the male sex being more evil than that of the former villainess.
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Another possible reason is the audience discomfort in seeing a male hero fight a woman to the death. Even if--like Mayday from ''Film/AViewToAKill''--she physically outclasses him by a great deal, a heroic character committing violence against a woman is something of a taboo no matter how powerful she is, especially in older works. Having her turn good is one of many options for dealing with a female antagonist without the hero directly harming her.



** Mayday from ''Film/AViewToAKill''. She arguably has a HeelFaceTurn late in the movie, but it's not because of Bond - it's because Zorin betrayed her and killed her friends.

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** Mayday from ''Film/AViewToAKill''. She arguably has a HeelFaceTurn late in the movie, but it's not because of Bond - it's because Zorin betrayed her and killed her friends. Critics pointed out that having Mayday turn good conveniently allowed Bond to avoid having to fight her.
6th Jul '17 10:43:33 PM TheStray
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** Missy [[spoiler: winds up being the first, and thus far only, incarnation of [[Characters/DoctorWhoMasters The Master]] to successfully pull a FaceHeelTurn, though she winds up [[RedemptionEqualsDeath shot in the back by her own past self]] for her trouble.]]
2nd Jul '17 6:17:12 AM AdamC
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** This is eventually averted in ''VideoGame/MortalKombatX''. [[spoiler: While Kotal Kahn and his entourage are [[NobleDemon Noble Demons]] who are willing to work with Earthrealm (to a point), the feminine D'Vorah has none of her boss's admirable traits and a serious case of ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.]]
1st Jun '17 3:25:54 AM jormis29
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* Inverted in ''Film/SpyKids''. The only female villain in the series (Teri Hatcher's character in the first movie) is one of the few to ''not'' be redeemed.

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* Inverted in ''Film/SpyKids''. The only female villain in the series (Teri Hatcher's (Creator/TeriHatcher's character in the first movie) is one of the few to ''not'' be redeemed.
15th May '17 11:36:05 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "The League of Flesh and Blood", the villains are three andoids - two male, one female - who despise what they are and long to be human. Ming eventually offers them humanity, but this requires ''stealing'' the bodies of Rick, Jedda Walker, and Kshin. Eventually, the female android is the only one [[SuddenPrincipledStand who realizes]] they're about to become accessories to murder of what they are doing, and pulls a HeroicSacrifice - killing her two partners - to save the teens.

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* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "The League of Flesh and Blood", the villains are three andoids - two male, one female - who despise what they are and long to be human. Ming eventually offers them humanity, but this requires ''stealing'' the bodies of Rick, Jedda Walker, and Kshin. Eventually, the female android is the only one [[SuddenPrincipledStand who realizes]] realizes what this means]] - they're about to become accessories to murder of what they are doing, - and pulls a HeroicSacrifice - killing her two partners - to save the teens.
15th May '17 11:35:12 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* ''WesternAnimation/DefendersOfTheEarth'' episode "The League of Flesh and Blood", the villains are three andoids - two male, one female - who despise what they are and long to be human. Ming eventually offers them humanity, but this requires ''stealing'' the bodies of Rick, Jedda Walker, and Kshin. Eventually, the female android is the only one [[SuddenPrincipledStand who realizes]] they're about to become accessories to murder of what they are doing, and pulls a HeroicSacrifice - killing her two partners - to save the teens.
1st May '17 11:20:29 AM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Yelena in ''Film/XXx'', though its later played with as the GenreSavvy Villain knew the whole time. ([[BondVillainStupidity But didn't do anything about it.]])

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* Yelena in ''Film/XXx'', though its later played with as the GenreSavvy Villain knew the whole time. ([[BondVillainStupidity But didn't do anything about it.]])



** The [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars EU]] also had a minor case in the [[Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia Witches of Dathomir]], it's shown that the form of the dark side used by the witches leaves them disfigured. It overloads their bodies and causes blood vessels near the skin to burst, so any of the witches that are less disfigured, and prettier, would theoretically be easier to return from the dark side. This of course leads to UnfortunateImplications like BeautyEqualsGoodness.

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** The [[Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse Star Wars EU]] also had a minor case in the [[Literature/TheCourtshipOfPrincessLeia Witches of Dathomir]], it's shown that the form of the dark side used by the witches leaves them disfigured. It overloads their bodies and causes blood vessels near the skin to burst, so any of the witches that are less disfigured, and prettier, would theoretically be easier to return from the dark side. This of course leads to UnfortunateImplications like BeautyEqualsGoodness.
9th Apr '17 3:43:19 PM Gamermaster
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** Of the three female members of the Donquixote Pirates, ''two'' of them perform a HeelFaceTurn (though one was acting more as TheMole, but that's aside the point). Perhaps even more unnerving is that the two women who turn are both beautiful and one switches sides because a man fell in love with her, and the other switches because she fell in love with a man. The only women who ''don't'' switch are a {{Gonk}} and a girl that is physically a child. Make of that as you will.

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** Of the three five female members of the Donquixote Pirates, ''two'' of them perform the only one who had a HeelFaceTurn (though (barring the one who was acting more as TheMole, but that's aside the point). Perhaps even more unnerving is that the two women who turn are both beautiful and one switches sides because a man fell in love with her, and the other switches ReverseMole) defected because she fell in love with a man. The only women who ''don't'' switch are a {{Gonk}} and a girl that is physically a child. Make of that as you will.her opponent.
15th Mar '17 1:49:22 PM Monsund
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* In the PSP remake of ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', you can go ahead and make [[spoiler:the only female Templar Commando Ozma defect from the Roslolians and join Denim's forces. [[MultipleEndings Not available on all routes]], though. Her [[HalfIdenticalTwins nigh identical]] twin brother, and [[SiblingsInCrime partner]] dies in all routes.]] Oh, and in the same time, she's upgraded into a possible LoveInterest for [[BlindWeaponmaster Haborym/Hobyrim]].]]

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* In the PSP remake of ''VideoGame/TacticsOgre'', you can go ahead and make [[spoiler:the only female Templar Commando Ozma defect from the Roslolians and join Denim's forces. [[MultipleEndings Not available on all routes]], though. Her [[HalfIdenticalTwins nigh identical]] twin brother, brother and [[SiblingsInCrime partner]] dies in all routes.]] Oh, and in the same time, she's upgraded into a possible LoveInterest for [[BlindWeaponmaster Haborym/Hobyrim]].]]
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