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Face Heel Turn: Comicbooks
  • Hal Jordan, Green Lantern poster child, underwent a psychotic turn into a being that wanted to reshape all of existence. Later explained and Retconned, but still heavily controversial.
  • Cassandra Cain to a lot of disapproval. After spending 76 issues delving into her extraordinary psychology and fleshing her out into a complex character with high moral standards, DC tore her down and made her into a drugstore-variety Dragon Lady who started killing people like roaches. Now, they've very "cleverly" revealed that she was actually brainwashed by Deathstroke the entire time.
  • Mary "Damn" Marvel provided an interesting contrast as a Golden Age teen amidst modern comics characters. Unfortunately DC decided to make her turn evil. Her clothes even turned black.
    • And her skirt was just as short as Supertorso's "Belt with a trim" microskirt after the switch! Bad move all around... then the next outfit made it look good.
  • In a particularly bad example of Executive Meddling, DC planned to turn Captain Atom into supervillain "Monarch." When readers guessed the plan ahead of time, they changed their minds at the last minute and made the character "Hawk" murder his partner "Dove" and don Monarch's armor. Then, in a series of decisions years down the line, they effectively reversed it, giving Hawk the new handle of "Extant", putting Captain Atom into Monarch's armor and creating a new Hawk and Dove team.
  • Two-Face, in the Batman comics (and later, The Dark Knight) is a good-guy district attorney who turns into an evil criminal.
  • Colossus, after his sister, Ilyana, dies.
  • Name a Teen Titan. Chances are good he/she has tried to kill the other Titans at some point. Raven, Jericho, and Beast Boy (yes, even BB) are some of the more well known ones.
  • Mandrakk, the Dark Monitor from Final Crisis, was a Lovecraftian Horror ultra-vampire who wanted to feed on the life blood of existence itself until it had been bled dry. Saying he was the Ultimate Evil is not pushing the envelope. If what has been suggested - namely that he originally was the Monitor, the heroic mentor figure who laid down his life so the Universe might live in Crisis on Infinite Earths - is true, then this might be the ultimate FHT in comics.
  • In Dark Reign The Sentry does that, joining Norman Osborn's Dark Avengers in hope to getting cured from his Superpowered Evil Side, The Void. In the end Osborn set a scheme in the motion that made Void take over completely.
  • The Ultimate Marvel Quicksilver started off as a baddie, but joined The Ultimates fairly quickly. This lasted until the death of his sister, the Scarlet Witch, at which point he went back to villainy. He's currently a member of the Dark Ultimates.
    • Though never particularly heroic or stable, the Ultimate Hulk joined him as a member of the Dark Ultimates as well.
  • Sue Storm, believe it or not. She once went mad and became a villain named Malice, who was hell-bent on killing her former teamates. When she recovered, this was one of the biggest contributions to her changing her name from the Invisible Girl to the more mature Invisible Woman and Taking a Level in Badass.
  • Javi in Negation goes through this after Charon brought him back from the dead and convinced him that his conquest of the Negation-verse and his pending invasion of the main CrossGen universe was a good and necessary thing. Javi, a religious man who had questioned his faith even before his abduction to the Negation-verse, came to look upon Charon as a god, one in whom he could place his whole trust in, without question. He becomes a Knight Templar as a result.
  • In Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, the most notable thus far has been Fiona, who turned against the Freedom Fighters in #172 and joined Anti-Sonic/Scourge in Moebius (formerly Anti-Mobius).
    • Naturally, anybody who was roboticised also pulled this, though typically not of their own free will.
    • Espio turned against the Freedom Fighters and Chaotix to join the Iron Dominion, but returned. It turned out to be a ruse, but it wasn't exactly a harmless one.
    • And before either of those two... Drago Wolf and Sleuth Dog.
    • #178-179, though it could just be a political debate in which both sides use violence instead of words.
    • Geoffrey St. John appeared to have one in issues 219-220, but this is actually a subversion, as it was soon after retconed that he'd actually been working for Ixis Naugus since before either of them were even introduced, making him The Mole instead.
  • Tigress in Young All-Stars after her death and resurrection at the hands of Gudra the Valkyrie, which was meant to explain her origin of becoming the Golden Age villain the Huntress.
  • Following the Superior Spider-Man arc, Peter's former friend Liz Allan has been seen in a new alliance with Norman Osborn as he attempts to establish a new identity and corporation (now that his identity as the Green Goblin is no longer a secret). Whether she is doing this entirely out of free will is unknown, but it's very possibly that the biggest reason is to ensure a better future for her son.
  • Daniel Cross in Assassin's Creed: The Fall.
  • Irredeemable is based on this concept with the Plutonian, a Superman-esque character, snapping due to the pressure and becoming the ultimate villian.
  • In All Fall Down, Pronto undergoes this in exchange for new legs as fast as his old ones.
  • A very big one few years ago was X-Men longtime member Bishop - after years of looking for a mysterious traitor who was supposed to kill X-Men, he betrayed them himself, for the same reason he joined them in the first place - to stop a Bad Future from happening.
  • In Sonic the Comic, Nack the Weasel is introduced as a member of the heroic Chaotix - but by the end of their introductory story he's sold them out to the Brotherhood of Metallix, an army of spectacularly evil robotic copies of Sonic. Admittedly a loose example, as a) he'd clearly already turned before the story started and b) the character was always a villain in the Sonic games, so seeing him as a hero first is the unexpected bit.
  • In Death Of The Family, Harley Quinn has gone from the Suicide Squad and joined up with the Joker. This is assuming that Suicide Squad can be considered Faces to begin with. She ends up back with the Squad once Joker is defeated, however.
  • The Guardians of the Universe, having been Slowly Slipping Into Evil ever since Rebirth, finally crossed the Moral Event Horizon following the New 52 — they lobotomize Ganthet to get him back on their side, seemingly kill Hal and Sinestro, and begin a campaign of removing free will from the universe by absorbing all life into their Third Army.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW): Rarity, who is kidnapped and subjected to More Than Mind Control and Demonic Possession to become Nightmare Moon's successor.
  • Avengers Arena: Apex is the only one of the kidnapped teens who is actually willing to play Arcade's game, killing Juston to steal his Sentinel, seizing control of Deathlocket and the Darkhawk armor with her technopathy to carry out her plans, and using the latter to kill Nico.
  • Thanks to the actions of the Superior Spider-Man, the Black Cat, once one of Spider-Man's closest allies, is now one of his foes.

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