Created By: Luc on January 18, 2008

Heel Face Revolving Door

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Do We Have This? It probably needs to exist anyway.

When a character is sufficiently popular, they have a tendency to do a Heel–Face Turn. And such characters have a tendency to do Face Heel Turns when it's realized that they really worked better as a villain.

More common in Comic Books, due to the local equivalent of the Seven Year Rule, mixed with Jean Grey Escalation, creates a tendency to waver between the two.

  • Catwoman.
  • Magneto of the X-Men.
  • Too many Soap Opera characters to list.
  • I never saw an episode, but I've heard Alias had a weird fetish for this.
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • January 18, 2008
    I thought we had this. I remember the YKTTW, at least.
  • January 18, 2008
    The Angry Beavers had an alter ego of a character parodying this as he would switch from good or evil every episode he was featured in as the alter ego!
  • January 31, 2008
  • February 1, 2008
    Kain from Final Fantasy IV.
  • February 1, 2008
    We had this. Must have been lost in the crash...

    Anyways, no actual examples come to mind, but this is done all the time on soap operas. (According to a woman I know...)
  • February 1, 2008
    I think Mystique in the X-Men as well, though I may well be making that up.
  • February 1, 2008
    Mystique was mentioned, but meh, she's not really an example; she's more like the character who works with whichever side supports her current goal.
  • February 1, 2008
    Lily in Soon I Will Be Invincible does it pretty good, although in that case it's less that the character is intentionally trying to play the sides, and more that the character has enough common sense not to see the world in terms of "hero" and "villain".