Heel Face Turn: Western Animation

  • Raimundo in Xiaolin Showdown, though that's after he did a Face-Heel Turn. He actually does suffer some consequences and trust issues afterwards because of it.
  • Subverted in Avatar: The Last Airbender: Prince Zuko is given tons of reasons to change sides in the second season finale, including the "encounter with the All-Loving Hero," Katara, after being put through hell all season:... and then doesn't. Wham! Remorse from that decision prompts him into a genuine Heel Face Turn half a season later in "Day of the Black Sun," and Zuko being Zuko, he takes the time for Calling the Old Man Out before he leaves. So a Double Subversion, all in all.
    • Mai and Ty Lee follow suit in "Boiling Rock". Mai's especially was epic, showing up like a Big Damn Hero and pulling off a Crowning Moment of Awesome, while Ty Lee's just came straight from behind a tree (though disabling Azula is still awesome).
    • In a minor case, by the time that Gondor Calls for Aid, The Boulder and The Hippo had decided to quit working for Xin Fu and join the army. What weird is it's a Heel-Face Turn from two heels that played faces in their world's equivalent of Professional Wrestling.
    • One of the earliest examples in the series is the forest spirit Hei Bai. He began rampaging through a village after his forest was destroyed, but Aang reassured him that it would grow back. After that, Hei Bai was a valuable ally to Aang.
    • The sequel series The Legend of Korra: Desna and Eska do this in the Book 2 finale "Light in the Dark", when they join forces with their cousin Korra and the crew in order to defeat their father Unalaq (who had merged with Vaatu) and the dark spirits at the Spirit World. Cemented in Book 3, where they continue to help Korra's allies whenever need be, especially after the Red Lotus became a threat again. Varrick also follows suit, but his redemption is not universally accepted; Suyin was willing to give him a second chance, but Mako and Asami are still seething over his betrayal of them.
      • In Book 4, if Hiroshi Sato is to be believed, he seeks to make amends with his daughter. Later, Korra turns to none other than Zaheer to help her get over the visions of him that have been preventing her from accessing her full potential after the events of Book 3 - though it is somewhat ambiguous whether Zaheer merely helps Korra due to their shared aversion to Kuvira, his encouraging words, genuine advice and assistance in recovering Korra's friends from the spirit world at least demonstrates that they are Friendly Enemies at this stage.
      • Also, Tarrlok from Book 1 warrants a mention, since he provides Korra and Mako with the information they need to discredit his brother Amon and feels genuine remorse for his previous actions.
      • By the end of the series, Baatar Jr, definitely Varrick, Zhu Li, Hiroshi Sato, and surprisingly, Kuvira.
  • Teen Titans has Terra in Season Two (her comics counterpart had no such turn), but this is after a time as The Mole and then a Face-Heel Turn, helping Slade achieve near victory. She's the one who ends up killing Slade, but ends up performing a Heroic Sacrifice proving that Redemption Equals Death (or Redemption Equals Turning To Stone...it is a children/family show, after all).
  • Elyon Brown in W.I.T.C.H., again following a Face-Heel Turn. A number of minor villains in the second season do one as well after realizing that Phobos isn't as noble as they thought he was.
  • Transformers: Beast Wars has a number of examples. Dinobot and Silverbolt spent relatively little screen time as heels, but Dinobot was a pretty slagging well-done heel. More literal examples are: In the third season, Blackarachnia, and, near the end of the series finale, Dinobot's Transmetal 2 clone.
    • In Transformers Armada, Starscream (who seemed to be more based on Dinobot than the original Starscream) switched sides to the Autobots once Megatron got fed up with him being The Starscream. While Starscream originally only joined to stick it to Megatron, he hit it off with the kids and slowly became more accepted. Later, he would turn evil again and flop around to every "side" imaginable on the show. Eventually, he decided the threat of Unicron necessitated all of the Transformers uniting together and sacrificed himself to make Megatron realize that. He was recognized as a hero for his dying actions.
    • G1 has Jetfire/Skyfire (comics and cartoon, respectively).
      • In the cartoon, Skyfire (renamed due to the changes made to his animation model to distance the character from his toy's Macross roots) was a non-aligned Transformer from before the war, and old friend and colleague of Starscream's, who was lost when the two were deep space explorers visiting prehistoric Earth millions of years before the Ark crashed on it. When the Decepticons found him frozen in the Arctic, Starscream initially convinced him to join them, but the Autobots and their human allies convince him to turn against the Decepticons.
      • In the Marvel comics, Jetfire (using the toy's name but still having the animation model) was built on Earth by Shockwave, but Buster was able to gain control of him using the Creation Matrix and free Optimus Prime, who later used the Matrix to give Jetfire life as an Autobot.
    • Predacons Rising had two. The first one being Knock Out, in which it took some time for him to finally act like a true Autobot. The second one is Megatron, of all Decepticons. Having felt true oppression through Unicron's possession of his body, Megatron no longer wished to inflict it himself, and thus disbanded the Decepticons, then left for parts unknown.
  • Tohru and Viper in Jackie Chan Adventures. Tohru's reason for changing sides is hilarious: Section 13 serves free donuts on Thursdays.
  • Kevin Levin in Ben 10, at the beginning of the Ben 10: Alien Force sequel series.
  • Kronk, the Punch Clock Villain in The Emperor's New Groove switches sides after his boss Yzma's irate You Have Failed Me speech culminates with an attack on his beloved spinach-puff recipe.
    • Same in the final episode in the series.
  • Rogue in X-Men: Evolution. The episode where she does this is one long Crowning Moment Of Awesome for her.
  • In The Raccoons, this trope is at the soul of the Character Development of Cyril Sneer who gradually evolves from a Corrupt Corporate Executive to a more sympathetic character.
  • In ReBoot, Hack n Slash are a prominent example, joining the protagonists after Megabyte gets them destroyed and Phong rebuilds them, and them realizing that they missed having Bob around to stop them before they actually did anything really bad. Hexadecimal also undergoes profound change in the latter seasons.
    • Wouldn't you switch sides if your enemy put you back together after your boss sent you to the front lines to get destroyed by his sister simply to get rid of you?
  • In Libertys Kids Sarah went from a fierce Loyalist to an American Patriot after seeing firsthand what the Americans went through in their fight for liberty.
  • The Fairly Oddparents: Mark Chang goes from fighting Timmy every time they meet to relying on him to hide him on Earth to avoid his Arranged Marriage.
  • In The Adventures of Super Mario Bros. 3, this happens to two one-shot characters. King Windbag went from a ruthless bully to a benevolent ruler and Crimewave Clyde renounced his criminal ways (though he graciously returned to prison, not wanting to spend another second with the Koopas).
  • On The Simpsons, Sideshow Bob almost got one in the episode "Brother From Another Series", but he was mistakenly arrested by Chief Wiggum.
    • A more recent Wrestling-themed episode played this trope closer to it's origins, as Grandpa's wrestling character, a notorious Heel called "Gorgeous Godfrey" turns into a Face "Honest Abe" right in the ring when he found out Bart was loving the Heel lifestyle a bit too much.
    • Zigzagged and Subverted with Nelson Muntz. In his first appearance he's a bully the school fears and Bart forms an army to defeat him. In some episodes he's a bully, in some he acts like a friend but has Jerk Ass tendencies, in others he's a genuine friend to people like Bart and Milhouse. Keep in mind Nelson has a very subpar homelife which involves a negligent mother and an absent father.
  • In one episode of Johnny Bravo, an evil doctor and his pet kitten steal Johnny's blanket and after hearing Johnny's speech on what the blanky meant to him, the kitten makes a Heel Face Turn and attacks the doctor.
  • Subverted with Sergeant Hatred from The Venture Bros.. He switched sides, going from an antagonist to a protagonist. However Venture Industries is just as immoral as the Guild, it's just the Guild admits and embraces this, whereas Dr. Venture doesn't even realize this. (Though at least he's trying to quit being a pedophile.)
    • Taken in a dark direction with Gary (formerly known as 21), he joins SPHINX and quits working for the Monarch. Yet The Monarch misses him so much, he's in denial about it and still thinks he's working for him. While Sgt. Hatred didn't trust him because he also thought he was still a henchman of the Monarch and the rest of SPHINX wasn't sure about him either at first. Gary, after realizing Good Feels Good, also went out of his way to catch a bad guy even though no one told him to, only to ruin Brock and Shore Leave's undercover mission. It's implied in-series this happened more than once by Hunter which causes Hunter to want him off the team. Sooner-or-later Gary accidentally hiring the old SPHINX back, making it so that they steal their mode of transportation and try their hand at evil once again and feels guilty about this. And Brock and Shore Leave end up feeling sorry for him because of it. In the end he decides to start henching for the monarch again.
  • The He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983) episode "Daimar the Demon" is notable in that He-Man gets an Eldritch Abomination to do a Heel Face Turn by convincing him he has free will. Dude, Daimar scores pretty near the bottom on the Sorting Algorithm Of Heel Face Turning. He-Man is danged good at talking monsters to death.
  • Mildew Wolf was originally the scheming antagonist of the "It's The Wolf!" segments of Hanna-Barbera's "The Cattanooga Cats", and was constantly trying to trick the protagonist, Lambsy, into becoming his next meal. He was later recast, in the Hanna-Barbera ensemble show Laff-A-Lympics, as a friendly (albeit cynical) sports commentator, with a strong dislike for the Really Rottens' underhanded shenanigans.
  • David Xanatos, Fox, and Dingo (though we don't see the latter anymore after his Heel Face Turn- until the comics came out anyway.) from Gargoyles.
    • Xanatos is debatable. He was at worst Lawful Evil and at best a morally ambiguous Enemy Mine who would team up with the Gargoyles in cases of Evil Versus Oblivion. Xanatos is opportunistic above all else, and it could be argued that he sees the Gargoyles as valuable allies. His could be considered more of a Hazy Feel Turn.
  • The Bee Keeper from Johnny Test pulls a rather reasonable one after Johnny, Susan and Mary find a way to get children to appreciate his natural honey candies by having him distribute them free once a year on a new holiday — they had been spending the entire episode trying to establish a new "Free Candy" holiday and continually failing due to various obstacles; ones the Bee Keeper pointed out wouldn't apply to him and his candies once he discovered their plans. Since he gets what he wanted from the beginning and the protagonists helped him do it, he's content to give up villainy.
    • The Brain Freezer pulls a reasonable one as well after Johnny, Dukey, Susan, and Mary help him with his looks (and other issues) long enough for him to make the ice coffee cafe he's always wanted. He doesn't exactly become a good guy, but instead a Chaotic Neutral that competes with Johnny rather than be a direct antagonist in later episodes.
  • Mr. Trudge in the 1980's Jonny Quest episode "Creeping Unknown" after the Quests discover the plant monster's weakness (it's sunlight, for some reason). He was only being forced to help the monster, anyway. Or so he claimed.
  • Rose in American Dragon Jake Long.
  • The entire dingo family in Blinky Bill at the start of season 2. Shifty Dingo pulls a big one in the Mother's Day episode where he helps reunite Nutsy with her long lost father.
  • Rubberband Man in Static Shock. Near the end of the series, when a cure to the mutagen gas has been made, so do Aqua Maria and Talon.
  • In Popeye's Voyage: The Quest for Pappy, Bluto is jarringly Out of Character. He doesn't have a single mean bone in his body, he's best friends with Popeye, and when a hypnotized Olive makes advances towards him he adamantly turns her down.
  • Early in Ninjago, Lloyd Garmadon, the son of malicious Lord Garmadon, tries his best to be a villain, but in hindsight, he's just a mischief-making little kid. After many mishaps and his worst mistake of all, releasing Pythor, Sensei Wu decides to put Lloyd back on track by treating him as if he were his own son. Lloyd drops the "bad guy" routine in a heartbeat, but still remains a troublesome prankster.
  • Arthur Binky Barnes started off as a bully, but later became a friend. To a lesser extent, Prunella also fits.
    • Molly and Rattles fit very well too. Originally they were even worse than Binky, but later on they became nicer.
  • Riven in Winx Club decided to side with the Trix after one too many arguments with the Winx and his fellow Specialists. He joins the heroes when the Trix reveal they were just using him.
    • The Earth fairies stop trying to destroy humanity when the Winx show them that not all humans are bad and convince their queen Morgana to drop their crusade.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Nossor Ri and the entire Quarren army at the end of the Mon Calamari Arc in Season 4, General Tandin and several of his soldiers in the Onderron Arc in Season 5.
  • About half of the villains in the old My Little Pony 'n Friends series from the 1980's would at some point become good, including Katrina, Sting, King Charlatan, Porcina, Crunch The Rockdog, or the gnome from "The Magic Coins".
  • As for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • Princess Luna, purified by the Elements of Harmony, returned to goodness and became a fan favorite to boot.
    • Sunset Shimmer enjoyed a similar purification — and, after her role in the second spinoff movie, similar enthusiasm from the fans.
    • The Great and Powerful Trixie, a wandering stage magician, was humiliated in Season 1 when some of her fans put her false claims of magical powers to the test; Twilight Sparkle, heroine of the show, managed to solve the problem that these fans had created. Two seasons later, Trixie returned, utterly unrepentant and now wielding an evil magical artifact; Twilight managed to teach her a lesson once again, and Trixie left on semi-good terms... although the nature of her apology suggests that she's not quite one of the good guys yet.
    • Princess Celestia tasked the main characters with reforming the chaos spirit Discord. Much to everyone's surprise, including Discord's, they pulled it off — although this is less of a reform and more of an easy truce.
    • Gilda, introduced as a complete Jerkass in "Griffon The Brush-Off", finally had one when she reappeared in "The Lost Treasure of Griffonstone".
  • Super Friends. This happened at the end of almost all of the 1973/74 episodes after the Super Friends explained to the villain(s) the errors of their ways. It usually involved the villain sincerely apologizing and promising to change their behavior. Examples: Doctor Rebos in "The Androids", Professor Baffles in "The Baffles Puzzle", Minimus Mole in "The Mysterious Moles", Anthro the alien in "The Power Pirate" and Dr. Shamon in "The Shamon U".
  • In NFL Rush Zone Guardians Of The Core, both guardians Ash and Ricky started off as agents for the current Big Bad, only later joining the heroes when it they finally realize their mistakes and try to make up for them.
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2012)'s incarnation of Slash is depicted as a Well-Intentioned Extremist, who wants what he thought was best for Raphael by killing his brothers. After being defeated, he fled and joined forces with the even more psychotic Newtrailzer in fighting the Kraang. However once Newtralizer's plan of Kraang-eradication involving killing several innocent humans, Slash became disgusted and ultimately re-joined Raph in taking him down. Mild example, but very apparent by his more heartfelt parting with the turtles.
  • Subverted in an episode of Littlest Pet Shop (2012), where the Biskit twins go through an apparent Heel-Face Turn thanks to Roger's song about the joys of being nice and working hard, only to revert as soon as the song is over. The only lasting effect is that they grow to like Roger's company. Apparently they just really enjoyed singing with him, and didn't much care what the lyrics actually said.
  • In Buzz Lightyear of Star Command, XL, the Psycho Prototype to XR, eventually undergoes one of these; his rage against Starfleet had always been due to his belief they had abandoned him and wouldn't give him a chance, and he eventually tries to bury the hatchet. The fact he has been forcibly recruited by NOS-4A2, a robotic vampire that feeds on machinery and other robots, who keeps dropping hints about draining XL when he outlives his usefulness, further compels him to switch sides.
  • Though it never happened in the main timeline, Vlad Masters/Plasmius made one (or, at least a Heel Realization) in the Bad Future timeline after spending ten years without ghost powers. After losing everything, including the best friend he shunted aside for marrying the woman he loved (who was also lost in the same event), made Vlad realize how stupid he was being. You know it's genuine when he repairs the picture of his college days to include all three of them.
    Vlad: If there was any good that came out of this, it's that ten years without ghost powers made me realize what a fool I'd been (stares sadly at the picture of him, Jack, and Maddie).
  • Pretty literal one in the "Tiger Millionaire" episode of Steven Universe. Purple Puma aka Amethyst is the most hated fighter in the ring, until stopping "The Order of Wrestling Haters" (Pearl and Garnet) from ending Beach City Underground Wrestling for good.
  • In the Grand Finale of Phineas and Ferb, Doofenshmirtz realizes that he doesn't really want to be evil and decides that he's going to be a good guy from now on. This is reinforced by two earlier episodes. In Doof 101, it's revealed that OWCA placed Dr. D as a high school science teacher as community service/rehabilitation, to which he seems genuinely happy in. In Act Your Age, which takes place 10 years later, it's revealed that he is still happy as a science teacher, is friendly with Monogram, and even goes bowling with Carl and Perry

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