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Heel Face Index
Without even trying, I've lived on the edge of a knife.
When I play with fire,
I don't want to get myself burned.
To thine own self be true,

Tropes about characters shifting on the morality axis, redemption and corruption. See also Betrayal Tropes.

See Sorting Algorithm of Face Heel Turning for a sheet of factors figuring into the probability of a turn.


Good to Evil

Neutral to Aligned
  • Adopt the Dog
    A character with no real stake in the fight takes an interest in Team Good.
  • Neutral No Longer
    The general trope for any morality switch from neutral to good or neutral to evil.
    • Awakening the Sleeping Giant
      The heroes or villains do something to arouse the enmity of a powerful but neutral faction.
    • Heroic Neutral
      A hero who would just as soon be left alone becomes involved in the plot.
    • Default To Good
      If the plot comes down to whether an unaligned loner will choose Team Good or Team Evil, he will almost always choose Team Good.
  • Loner-Turned-Friend
    A solitary character becomes a member of a group of friends/allies.

Evil to Good

The alignment change of an individual character may be caused by (or have repercussions on) his/her relationship with others.

Specific Aversions/Subversions where an alignment shift should occur but does not.
Hedonism TropesMorality TropesHuman Rights Issues
Disguise TropesBetrayal TropesFriendly Fire Index
Gratitude TropesCharacterization TropesI Am An Index

alternative title(s): Face Heel Index
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