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->'''Elizabeth:''' Whose side is Jack on?\\
'''Will:''' At the moment?
-->-- ''Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanTheCurseOfTheBlackPearl''

A revolving door moves in a circle and so does this character in terms of morality. A villain decides to give heroism a try (for whatever reason) and switches sides but then goes back to being a villain and back again. This phenomenon works the other way, as well. A hero [[FaceHeelTurn loses perspective]] and becomes a WellIntentionedExtremist, and then comes back from the edge again. He's done it before -- why not do it again?

The long-term result is the same either way -- the character in question will switch sides often enough that, in the long run, he doesn't ''have'' a side. This is what makes a Heel Face Revolving Door (or Face Heel Revolving Door, depending on which side the character starts out on).

If it happens to a popular or well-developed character, the fans will stick with them; but this will, by necessity, drag the morality of the series to [[BlackAndGreyMorality one]] of the [[WhiteAndGrayMorality gray]]-[[GrayAndGreyMorality scales.]] If heroes and villains are switching sides so casually and frequently then it's impossible for true BlackAndWhiteMorality to exist.

This is common in ComicBooks, media using the FleetingDemographicRule, and collaborative media written by fans RunningTheAsylum. It's easier with characters who have what is initially a NeverLiveItDown moment or a RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun in their past. Beware; if an EnsembleDarkhorse ex-villain has had a long and well-developed redemption arc, [[SnapBack turning them evil again]] may anger a significant portion of the fanbase, especially if it's done suddenly or for little reason.

EnemyMine can facilitate this. It's often understood that switching sides through EnemyMine won't create a permanent change of allegiance but if a sufficiently high percentage of a character's appearances are EnemyMine, this is one of the possible implications.

Someone who has been through the revolving door too many times will turn into the WildCard. If mostly on the side of good, despite having decidedly nonheroic intentions, may be a NominalHero.

Compare ChronicBackstabbingDisorder (which is more about switching between grey groups than white-to-black or visa versa), WildCard (where the character isn't strongly on anybody's side ever), UnscrupulousHero (a character who is unambiguously on the heroic side), and the DoubleReverseQuadrupleAgent (he never changes sides, but no one is sure what side he's really on). See HeelFaceMole for when a villain fakes a HeelFaceTurn, only to return to being evil after his goal is achieved. See MoralPragmatist for a character who switches sides to whomever is best suited to help their plans.

* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor/AnimeAndManga
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor/ComicBooks
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor/{{Literature}}
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor/LiveActionTV
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor/VideoGames
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor/WesternAnimation


[[folder:Card Games]]
* The flavor text of the "Gigo" series of ''CardGame/YuGiOh'' cards tells the progression of a character who starts innocent as [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gigobyte Gigobyte]] but is destined to be tainted by evil, becoming [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Jigabyte Jigabyte]], is reformed and comes back as [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gagagigo Gagagigo]], [[HeWhoFightsMonsters becomes so obsessed with power to fight evil]] he [[FallenHero turns evil once more]] as [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Giga_Gagagigo Giga Gagagigo]], ultimately becoming a soulless power-driven evildoer once more as [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gogiga_Gagagigo Gogiga Gagagigo]], and is finally reformed once more as [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gagagigo_the_Risen Gagagigo the Risen]]. This is all tied together with numerous ''more'' cards, and the entire progression can be [[http://yugioh.wikia.com/wiki/Gigo found here]].

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* [[spoiler:Silver]] from ''Disney/TreasurePlanet''. It helps that he's a LoveableRogue.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HappilyNEverAfter'', Rumpelstiltskin starts out evil and later turns good. In the sequel he's back to being evil. Though this may be more a case of NegativeContinuity, since they don't give an explanation for why he's gone back to being evil.
%%* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}}'' version of Rumpelstiltskin between 3 and 4.
* In ''WesternAnimation/DespicableMe2'', Dr. Nefario joins up with El Macho so he can do evil deeds once again, but when he learns that El Macho is holding Lucy hostage as well as of the evil minion El Macho had sicced on the girls, he returns to Gru.
* Bartok from ''WesternAnimation/BartokTheMagnificent'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Anastasia}}'' goes from good to bad to good again. Then again he's a MinionWithAnFinEvil so it's not like it makes a difference.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSpongeBobMovieSpongeOutOfWater'':
** Plankton goes from being a villain to hero and back to villain.
** Patrick goes from hero, uh, own house vandal to willing teammate to angry mob supporter and back to hero.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/SpiderMan3'': Harry Osborn changes sides three times in because he's lost his memory, rather than going through a change of heart.
* [[AlphaBitch Sharpay Evans]] in ''Film/HighSchoolMusical''. She seemed to have turned "good" at the end of the first film, but in the second she is even worse than before. In the third, she is "in it to win it". While she was scheming some more in her spinoff, she turned out to have been played herself.
* ''Franchise/PiratesOfTheCaribbean'':
** Jack Sparrow. Summarized quite succinctly in [[Film/PiratesOfTheCaribbeanAtWorldsEnd the third movie]]:
--->'''Elizabeth:''' Whose side is Jack on?\\
'''Will:''' At the moment?
** Almost all the characters in the second and third movie do this because by then, ''everyone'' is either a pirate or an evil merchant (another sort of pirate).
* Indy's partner Mac in ''Film/IndianaJonesAndTheKingdomOfTheCrystalSkull''. Fairly early in the movie, he's with Indy. Then, we discover he's working for the bad guys, then about halfway through the movie, he is still concerned about Indy's health, but is still working for the villains. A little more than halfway through the movie, he says he's a double agent, then at the end, he reveals he was lying about being a double agent, but he seems repentant of his actions when he choses to stay in the collapsing temple while Indy's friend and family escape. In all likelihood, he was just continually picking the paths that would lead to his one true goal: knowledge and treasure. His "repentance" was just the realization that the alien ship contained all he ever sought, and he no longer had any need or desire to battle that stubborn old adventurer.
* Franchise/{{Godzilla}} goes through this pretty much every other movie. He was undoubtedly an unstoppable menace in the first few installments, but as the original series continued to drag on, it slowly turned him from Villain to AntiHero to outright Hero. This was reset in ''[[Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla Godzilla 1985]]'', where he was a villainous monster once again, and ever since he has been more consistent as either a Villain or Anti Hero.
* Tiffany from the last two ''Film/ChildsPlay'' films. She does a DeathEqualsRedemption at the end of ''Film/BrideOfChucky'', only to come back in ''Film/SeedOfChucky'' back in love with the equally, if not more, psychotic Chucky. However, upon learning that they have a child, Glen, Tiffany tries to give up killing to set a better example. Only she has a number of slip-ups and murders twice (and possibly more due to a TimeSkip). She justifies these as "Rome wasn't built in a day", and that one of the people she killed had it coming.
* Sir Lancelot in the third ''Film/NightAtTheMuseum'' film. He starts off on the heroes' side, [[spoiler: then pulls a FaceHeelTurn when he mistakes the tablet of Akmenrah for the {{Holy Grail}} and steals it endangering the lives of the exhibits including his own.]] However, [[spoiler: [[TomatoInTheMirror when he learns that he is just a wax statue]] and watches the exhibits dying out, he pulls a HeelFaceTurn and returns the tablet to Larry.]]
* ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'':
** Magneto, as usual. In the BadFuture, he makes a final peace with Charles. In the past, he plays both sides.
** Furthermore, we see Past Magneto ''fully'' ascend to the BigBad even as Future Magneto and Charles share the BigGood role among the future X-Men. As such, this movie shows him at his ''most'' good and his ''most'' evil.
* Salim in ''Film/SlumdogMillionaire''. A good majority of the movie is him either helping out or screwing over Jamal and/or Latika depending on the situation.
* [[Characters/MCULoki Loki]] seems to have this problem as of ''Film/ThorRagnarok'' . He spent the first part of his adult life fighting for Asgard, which, [[spoiler: [[DarkAndTroubledPast at that time, at least]]]], played the role of peacekeeper and protector of the nine realms. However, since [[GoMadFromTheRevelation going mad]] after [[InternalizedCategorism learning he is a Frost Giant]], he has [[BigBad mostly played the role of antagonist.]] In ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'', however, he [[spoiler: [[EnemyMine helped Thor save the universe]] and [[EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas avenged Frigga's death]]]], and during ''Film/ThorRagnarok'', the damage he helped cause[[spoiler: to the nine realms was mostly due to [[ItsAllAboutMe inaction as the ruler of Asgard]] [[IHaveNoSon and the actions he took to get back at his father]]]] rather than the [[EvilPlan deliberate malice that characterized his past appearances.]] However, during the course of the third film, he does [[spoiler: [[ChronicBackstabbingDisorder betray Thor again to no one's surprise]], but in the end decides to come back last minute to help save the citizens of Asgard.]] At one point, when Bruce Banner asks him if he still wants to kill everyone like he did the last time they met, he even admits that [[AxCrazy it changes from moment to moment.]] He also seems very confused about whether he still wants Thor dead while he is watching the gladiator match between Thor and the Hulk, alternately cheering when the Hulk hurts his brother, jumping up in concern when he hurts him too much, pretending he isn't concerned, and then cheering the Hulk some more, [[CrowningMomentOfFunny all in the ridiculously short time span]] [[UpToEleven of a few minutes]]. The constant side-switching appears to be due to the fact that the character himself is very confused, in this case.


[[folder:Pro Wrestling]]
* This can be literal if a wrestler or {{tag team}} is employed by more than one company at a time, leaving one building as heel tonight and tomorrow coming into another building a face. Especially common among those trying to make money at the independent level.
** It's also not unheard of for a lesser star in WWE to play a different role on a live event to what they are on TV. For example someone might work a live event as a heel when they're a face on TV - which is sometimes an indicator that they might be heading for the turn on TV. For example in 2011 Wrestling/{{R|onKillings}}-Truth turned heel while in the UK but still appeared as a face for the rest of the European tour. Also if a heel is wrestling a live event in their hometown, they might [[AHeroToHisHometown appear as a face exclusively for one night]]. {{Wrestling/Sheamus}} was heel during his first US Championship reign and wrestled Daniel Bryan on the European tour - but worked as a face just for the Dublin show. Ditto for Wrestling/WadeBarrett working against Justin Gabriel in the UK.
** Ditto for NXT Live Events. People without a set character will appear as a face or heel at random, only to debut on TV in the opposite role. Case in point: Divas Alexa Bliss and Becky Lynch worked live events as heels but debuted on NXT as faces.
* Wrestling/PatPatterson: A face-leaning official and commentator in the United States and most of Canada ... except in the WWF's French-Canadian markets (primarily, Montreal), where he was a full-fledged heel who teamed with the New Dream Team (fellow French-Canadian Dino Bravo and Washington native Greg "the Hammer" Valentine) to feud with Wrestling/BrutusBeefcake and the Fabulous Rougeau Brothers.
* Since "{{Heel}}" and "{{Face}}" are wrestling terms, there are of course many examples in ProfessionalWrestling: Wrestling/TheUndertaker, his "[[{{Kayfabe}} brother]]" Wrestling/{{Kane}} and Wrestling/RicFlair.
* Back in the old days, before the bookers lost their focus, Wrestling/LexLuger was the absolute king of this, occasionally doing multiple rounds in the revolving door during the same title reign.
** At one point, he was mostly a heel and opposed Hulk Hogan, Macho Man, etc., but was still genuinely best friends and tag team partner with Sting.
** "Mr. Wonderful" Paul Orndorff and [[Wrestling/JakeRoberts Jake "The Snake" Roberts]] had histories of this as well.
* Wrestling/KurtAngle is also notorious for turning about once a year. The problem with him is that he is most effective playing a heel, but his immense wrestling talent, the gold medal, and all around [=Badass=] qualities sometimes result in Face reactions even when playing a heel, thus resulting in the bookers [[HeelFaceTurn turning him face]]. Then he does his [[AllAmericanFace bland face routine]] until his crowd reactions wane, and [[FaceHeelTurn then he turns heel again]]. This effect was {{lampshaded}} during an interview [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ydZDLLtp8Y where he denounced "the black people" and Jesus to prove that he would still get cheered]] (he was right).
* In Mexico, where the major promotions don't demand nearly as much exclusivity as their North of the boarder counterparts, El Hijo Del Santo's FaceHeelTurn was so hard for some fans to believe that outside of Wrestling/{{CMLL}} events he was still met with wild cheers, causing him to effectively do a HeelFaceTurn whenever he took an independent booking.
* And then there was the even more disjointed era of 1999-2000, due to the nonsensical, incoherent booking techniques of Wrestling/KevinNash and, later Wrestling/VinceRusso and Ed Ferrara. ''Anyone'' was fair game for a turn one way or the other, even the most popular of fan favorites such as Wrestling/{{Goldberg}} and Wrestling/{{Sting}}, with little or no warning, and, in the case of lesser stars, sometimes little or no explanation. And that's not even getting into the countless [[FakeDefector fakeouts]].
* In fact it's pretty rare, especially in the last few decades, for any notable wrestler to ''not'' go through at least a couple of {{Heel Face Turn}}s and {{Face Heel Turn}}s over the course of his career. The main exceptions in modern professional wrestling are people whose careers simply didn't last long enough to turn from heel to face or vice versa.
** Averted by Wrestling/RickySteamboat, who never once [[FaceHeelTurn turned heel]] during his career, due to being such a natural face. To give an idea of how good of a face he was (or how horrible of a heel he would have been), Steamboat's real name is [[AwesomeMcCoolName Richard Blood]], and yet he had to use a different name because that was a heel's name.
*** The name was used by Wrestling/TitoSantana early in his career, and he is also someone who was a {{Face}} his entire career.
*** Supposedly during his run in the WWF in the very early '90s he wanted to do a heel turn. He was told that even if he went out to the ring and cut Hulk Hogan's arms off with a chainsaw the fans wouldn't buy it.
** Also averted by Wrestling/ReyMysterioJr. Has never been a heel. He may have been sort of considered a heel, sort of, in the WCW faction "The Filthy Animals" but even then the stable was more of a tweener thing, and he was not at it that long before becoming a full fledged face again.
* Kane is probably unique in that the booking team tries to make him a major-league {{wrestling monster}} heel every couple of years but as soon as they stop paying attention to him (i.e. as soon as he's not running around setting announcers on fire or suchlike), the fans start cheering for him again. May have something to do with his Woobie backstory.
** It's gotten to the point that Kane will go through the revolving door two or three times a year, if not more. When asked Kane's alignment, the best answer is simply "Kane."
* Happens often with wrestlers who are too likeable or dislikeable for any turn to take. No matter how heroic he acts, a lot of fans can't bring themselves to cheer Wrestling/RandyOrton. Wrestling/EddieGuerrero had to virtually murder Rey Mysterio for the fans to buy him as a heel and even then, as soon as he wasn't acting like a complete maniac, they started cheering for him again. Ditto Wrestling/StoneColdSteveAustin's attempted heel turns after he became "Stone Cold".
** Ended up getting a variation in Orton's case; he's recently become cheered as a face-by-default, thanks to feuding with Wrestling/CodyRhodes and [[Wrestling/TedDiBiaseJr Ted [=DiBiase=] Jr.]], despite still showing heeling tendencies. Turns out he didn't need heroics to be a face, he just needed opponents nobody liked.
* If you're a Wrestling/{{TNA}} wrestler prepare to flip-flop more than a goldfish surrounded by water and a broken fishbowl.
** See: Mr. Anderson.
** Not even ''Wrestling/JeffHardy'' was immune. And at the time he could have been second in-line for being the Ricky Steamboat of his generation, having only been heel once.
* Wrestling/ScottSteiner. Starting at the second half of his Wrestling/{{WCW}} run, the only way to know whether he was a face or heel was the opponent he was going to face next. He's not a traditional [[WildCard [=Tweener=]]] though, because he was supposed to go through {{Face Heel Turn}}s and {{Heel Face Turn}}s, it's just that nothing changed between them, so nobody really noticed.
* Wrestling/TheBigShow is notable for turning about once a year. He's even done it ''twice in one night'', in 2008. Being the largest guy on the roster means that he can play the role of TheBrute against guys like Wrestling/{{Kane}} and The Undertaker, and just demolish the plucky babyfaces like Rey Mysterio Jr. and Wrestling/KofiKingston. However, the guy has great comedic timing and plays the role of the GentleGiant so well that bookers will eventually turn him. He will then proceed to be great friends with the Rey Mysterio's of the world.
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aD-8Ev5HgJQ Someone made a video of all his turns]] between his debut in 1995 and the end of 2014. There's [[spoiler:22]] in total.
* One infamous occasion happened in early 2003. [[Wrestling/VinceMcMahon Vince [=McMahon=]]] appeared on Raw to override the heel GM Wrestling/EricBischoff but then a few weeks later was involved in an angle with Wrestling/HulkHogan as a heel leading into ''Wrestling/{{WrestleMania}} XIX''. So he was effectively a face on Raw and a heel on Smackdown.
** Another odd case with Vince occurred in 1999, where he was a heel going up against "Stone Cold" Steve Austin and the Wrestling/MinistryOfDarkness, led by an also-heel Undertaker, heading into ''[=WrestleMania=] XV''. He soon turned face when Undertaker started threatening his family, but again turned heel when he was revealed to be the Higher Power behind the Ministry, and remained there until he was forced to "leave" after ''Fully Loaded''. Again, Vince turned face when he returned a few weeks later to oppose main event heel Wrestling/TripleH and stayed face until ''[=WrestleMania=] 2000'', when he aligned himself with The Game.
** During the infamous Invasion storyline, Vince was initially a heel and gloated about taking over WCW, only to have the rug pulled out from under him by his son Shane. Shane was cheered for buying WCW. However, during the Invasion proper, Vince and WWE were the faces and the the WCW/ECW alliance headed by his children were heels. It all ended with Vince and his team lead by Kurt Angle defeating the Alliance headed by Shane, Stephanie, and Steve Austin (who'd defected halfway through). The very next night after the Invasion ended, Vince and Angle turned heel and Austin turned face.
* In late 2010, [[Wrestling/BellaTwins Nikki Bella]] turned heel in an angle on ''Wrestling/{{WWE NXT}}'' but was a face whenever she appeared on ''Raw'' and ''Smackdown''. When that season of ''NXT'' was over she went back to being a face for a couple of months before she and her sister turned heel properly.
* This is a staple of the booking style of Wrestling/VinceRusso. Russo really wanted to embrace GreyAndGrayMorality in the business, feeling like there should be more levels than simply pure good or pure evil, since life in general is complex that way. Unfortunately, either due to Russo's weak writing skills or pro wrestling being [[WorldOfHam a business that simply cannot do subtlety that well,]] creating complex characters with those shades of gray was nearly impossible and it simply turned into characters pinballing between 100% Face and 100% Heel on a nearly weekly basis.
** The Wrestling/AttitudeEra in general, with or without Russo. In large part due to the GreyAndGrayMorality.
*** Wrestling/{{Chyna}} had this particularly bad during this time. When she was on her own she stood up for women's rights. When she was with DX she would punch guys in the groin to score a cheap win for Triple H. Sometimes she would switch from one role to the other multiple times on the same show. Once she won the Intercontinental title however, she was quietly phased away from Triple H and stayed face. Notably at the 1999 ''Rebellion'' PPV[[note]]exclusive to the UK[[/note]] she was a face in her match against Jeff Jarrett but was still Triple H's heel manager later in the night.
* Wrestling/ChrisJericho doesn't really do this all that often, but he's so good at playing heel ''and'' face, it's no wonder he's been both multiple times. Including his January 2012 comeback, where he came back to face pops and managed to draw out heel heat ''by doing next to nothing''.
* Four the first four years of Ring Warrior's Battling Bombshells division, [[Wrestling/BlackRose La Rosa Negra]] was basically TheFace and pretty much always a face on [[GirlsNightOutEpisode dedicated women's shows]] and other special events. However, she was frequently used as a heel on Ring Warriors' main television show. It was the opposite in the World Wrestling League, where she was mainly used as a heel by their affiliates in the Dominican Republic, Bolivia and the 50 states. Footage of her misdeeds was aired in order to hype a purely WWL show running in Puerto Rico, [[AHeroToHisHometown which did nothing to stop the fans from giving her a warm welcome]].
* Wrestling/AliciaFox turned face in 2012 but roughly a year later started appearing as both a face and a heel depending on the whims of the writers. A fan actually asked her on Twitter which one she was and she responded "both". She settled on heel midway through 2013.
* Wrestling/EvaMarie got hit with this rather a lot. Her debut was as a face manager for Wrestling/{{Natalya|Neidhart}}. When ''Series/TotalDivas'' aired, she was portrayed as a heel on TV. Then when AJ Lee's promo turned the rest of the cast face, Eva was sort of a WildCard. Although she was on face teams, she [[XPacHeat got booed]] anyway. Around early 2014 when more heels were in the ''Total Divas'' cast, she appeared exclusively as a heel from then on.
* [[Wrestling/BryanDanielson Daniel Bryan]] underwent a ridiculously short two-week heel run in January of 2014 by joining Wrestling/TheWyattFamily. He joined up, served Bray for two weeks, then betrayed him a cage match amidst a thunderous "YES!" chant.[[note]]It's been said that this all came about due to a rise in popularity of the "YES!" chants at sporting events, [[WritingByTheSeatOfYourPants so WWE would have been fools to not let Bryan be face]].[[/note]]
* Wrestling/JerryLawler: "The King" was a face in USWA at the same time he was a hated heel in the WWF. Also, when the WWF (and later WWE) had shows in the Memphis area, he always wrestled as a face, with a one-night storyline contrived against a top heel in the company. The next show, he'd be friends with the heel again. Despite his current face leaning commentary style on WWE Raw and live pay-per-view events, Lawler always reverts to his classic heel-style commentary for the WWE's video game releases, playing the antagonizer to whomever is the face commentator (usually Wrestling/JimRoss or Wrestling/MichaelCole). He also has played the "heel" role in re-creating classic commentary for some of the video game releases, including ''WWE 2K14'', where, for instance, he read Wrestling/JesseVentura's lines in providing color commentary for the Hulk Hogan-Wrestling/KingKongBundy steel cage match at Wrestling/WrestleMania 2 (while Jim Ross was Lord Alfred Hayes).
* In 1997, when Wrestling/BretHart and the Hart Foundation turned heel, they were only heels in the United States with their anti-American gimmick. They were, however, still booked as babyfaces outside of the U.S., especially in the Hart family's home country of Canada.
* The Wrestling/BellaTwins went through a Heel Face Revolving Door after Brie inexplicably made up with Nikki in their ill-fated twin-vs-twin feud. But despite the Divas Revolution storyline going down poorly with fans, at least it has established the Bellas as heels after months where no one could figure out their exact alignment.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* In the 1994 ''Series/SesameStreet'' special, "Sesame Street All-Star 25th Birthday: Stars and Street Forever!", Benny Rabbit is the only citizen of Sesame Street who supports Ronald Grump's plan to turn the neighborhood into the Grump Tower, as he wants to work as the tower's doorman. However, when Grump reveals that he was planning to build a robotic doorman for the project, Benny quickly joins the rest of Sesame Street to stop Grump's plan.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The 1st Edition of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' had druids doing the same thing as Lord Gro, though in the name of "balance". They dropped this when they realized that it gives all druids ChronicBackstabbingDisorder.
** In 2nd Edition this was instead used for the petitioners of the [[TabletopGame/{{Planescape}} Outlands]]. It seems to have been subsequently dropped.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': Characteristic of human/[[OurElvesAreBetter Eldar]] relations. The Eldar will often jump in and aid humans if they have a mutual enemy, especially seeing as they usually lack the firepower and numbers (though not necessarily the technology and skill) to adequately deal with things like [[OurOrcsAreDifferent Orks]], [[RobotWar Necrons]] and [[BugWar Tyranids]], but being the [[MagnificentBastard sneaky bastards]] they are, they view their human "allies" as little more than [[UnwittingPawn pawns to be used]], and see nothing wrong with betraying them the moment it becomes convenient. After all, [[MoralMyopia they would rather allow thousands of humans to die than one of their own kind]]; but then again, humanity isn't a DyingRace condemned [[FateWorseThanDeath to having their souls eaten and played with by a God of excess debauchery after death]].
* The apocryphal ''Anime/{{Robotech}}'' RPG from Palladium has the Zentraedi as this trope. They were enemies during the First Robotech War, but had some who defected to the Earth forces and helped destroy Dolza's fleet. In between the First and Second Robotech War, the Zentraedi on Earth return to their belligerent ways, leading to the Malcontent Uprisings where many of them are hunted down and killed. The RPG states that some of the renegade Zentraedi did surive the Malcontent Uprisings [[ContinuitySnarl contrary to what was stated in the also apocryphal Robotech novels.]] Those surviving Zentraedi then again aided human resistance during the Invid invasion as they were created to fight the Invid.

* In [[Music/DongBangShinKi DBSK]]'s music video for "[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTev-dfmpyo&feature=related Before]][[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QY9EsuPWHp0&feature=related U Go]]" had a friend of Yunho and Changmin do this. First, he joined the police force with Yunho and Changmin. Then for an unknown reason, he was TheMole for the mafia. After he accidentally shot Yunho and was caught by Changmin, he decided to quit. A year later, he was forced to kill Changmin when the mafia held his [[IllGirl sick sister]] hostage. By the time things were over and after Yunho and Changmin found out the truth, they could never fully trust him again.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* ''Machinima/RedVsBlue:'' Agent Washington has had a few trips through the revolving door. He starts off firmly on the side of the Director of Project Freelancer, defending and trusting him more than just about anybody else. When he learns the truth about the origins of the AIs the agents use, he secretly begins working against Project Freelancer. Then, after getting sent to prison due to the mysterious disappearance of critical evidence that would prove he was on the side of good (thanks to a certain Blue's idiocy), he agrees to work with the Meta (the villain of season 6) to get the evidence back. When the Meta betrays him, Wash realizes his mistake and works with the Reds and Blues against the Meta. So far, the last HeelFaceTurn seems to be sticking... mostly because he realized that even after all he did, the Reds and Blues still forgave him.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Sabine in ''WebComic/TheOrderOfTheStick''. Her "side" is Nale, and she does whatever is in Nale's best interests, even post-mortem.
* It's hard to keep track of anybody's moral alignment in ''Webcomic/{{Narbonic}}'', probably because nearly everyone is either insane (and varies the degree of evil and their motives beyond the speed of logic) or [[PunchClockVillain just there for the paycheck]].
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'':
** Tarvek Sturmvoraus alternates between helpful, heroic, not-entirely-trusted sidekick and toadying, evil, certainly-not-trusted minion when heroine Agatha Heterodyne and villain The Other start grappling for control of [[GrandTheftMe Agatha's body]]. He makes the switch every few ''pages'', eventually caught red-handed by the Other. Even this doesn't stop him from serving his own purposes, eventually betraying everybody. ''Absolutely [[GambitPileup Everybody.]]'' Including his own father and his treacherous sister. And it seems that ''his'' goal is to use Agatha (or a lookalike), his claim to a royal ancestor, and a story out of mythology and opera to not only rule Europe, but do it to cheering crowds. Now it appears it MAY be a more sincere HeelFaceTurn and he genuinely wants to help Agatha. For now.
** Gil's manservant [[BattleButler Wooster]] may have changed allegiances from his [[spoiler: British spymasters]] to Gil and then possibly from Gil to Agatha--or he never abandoned his first loyalties. Given the way Sparks influence non-Sparks, it's not entirely clear.
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'':
** Oasis. At first she was an (admittedly sympathetic) {{Yandere}} villain who was obsessed with Torg and would kill anyone or anything to be with him. After Torg promised to marry her, though, she shifted into a (admittedly [[AntiHero anti-heroic]]) good guy, helping to take down Hereti Corp and protect the town of Podunkton. However, after her {{Mentor}} [[spoiler:is killed in front of her]] and Zoe rekindles her jealous streak, she's off on another RoaringRampageOfRevenge.
** [[NotSoHarmlessVillain Prior to Dr. Schlock's]] [[spoiler:takeover of Hertit-Corp]], he tended to change sides quite often, although it was almost always based entirely on who was pointing a gun at his head at the time.
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob,'' Galatea is an emotional basket case who will switch sides with very little provocation. It's probably safe to describe her as ChaoticNeutral.
* ''WebComic/EerieCuties''[=/=]''WebComic/MagickChicks'': Melissa regularly makes appearances in both comics, so which side of "the door" she's on depends entirely on which comic she's in at the time:
** In ''Eerie Cuties'', she's usually a villain and serves as [[AloofDarkhairedGirl Layla's]] primary {{antagonist}}. Which was seen in her attempts to steal Layla's [[spoiler: ex-]]boyfriend, Kade Whiteclaw, and when she went so far as to cast a spell on her; leaving Layla flat-chested, [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/art_scholarship_-_interlude_(guest_strip)_2_of_4 simply because she snarked on her]] and Melissa couldn't think of a comeback. She was briefly antagonistic toward Brooke as well, after [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/let_me_make_this_up_to_you manipulating Brooke's boyfriend]], Ace, into going out with her -- simply because [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/wheatgrass_juice she was starved of male attention]] and he literally happened to be the first one that walked by. When she finally learned he already had a girlfriend, Melissa decided she'd steal him from Brooke [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/other_girlfriend so she could revel in her tears.]]
** ''Magick Chicks'' casts her in a somewhat better light, since the crux of the comic is about reforming Melissa -- between the mysterious girl [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/tis_but_a_trifle appearing in her dreams]], [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/the_magic_thingy_agrees Tiffany coaching her]] and the magick wand [[http://www.eeriecuties.com/strips-ec/stupid_magick_stick acting as her conscience.]] She even got her very own BigDamnHeroes moment, by saving Tiffany and Faith from a pair of possessed students. Despite all this, she's determined not to change and continues to fall back into old habit. But it seems that it's working regardless, as Tandy's truth massage caused Mel to realize [[spoiler: that [[http://www.magickchicks.com/strips-mc/quite_popular she's begun to care more about her friends than popularity]]]].
* Nicolae of ''Website/GaiaOnline'' tends to do whatever gives him the most benefit at the moment, be it con artistry, theft, assisting players in ''[=zOMG!=]'' or [[spoiler: accepting a hit job on Gino Gambino, which he then takes every opportunity to sabotage]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'''s Vriska Serket manages to do this without ever technically changing sides, switching back and forth from VillainProtagonist to SociopathicHero. She [[KickTheDog kicks the proverbial dog]] (usually her personal ButtMonkey, Tavros) on a regular basis, but also has some [[PetTheDog nicer]] moments, especially when it comes to [[MoralityPet John]]. She's a SmugSnake most of the time, but occasionally [[BeneathTheMask her mask will start to slip]], revealing crippling self-hatred that she tries to cover up by being a JerkAss. She has a massive body count, but [[AbusiveParents an excuse]] [[HorrorHunger for it]], and while she's the TokenEvilTeammate for most of the trolls' session, [[spoiler:she very well might be ''less'' evil than the other two contenders for that title later, who are respectively AxCrazy and planning to betray the group to the BigBad]]. [[WordOfGod The author says]] he [[TheyPlottedAPerfectlyGoodWaste intended for her]] to be a BaseBreakingCharacter.
** Eridan Ampora was introduced as a genocidal racist. Then, it was shown that he was an IneffectualSympatheticVillain that didn't ''really'' want to kill his friends or upset [[MoralityPet Feferi]]. Then, he passed the DespairEventHorizon, [[spoiler: killed Feferi, and attempted to join up with the BigBad, and was killed by another friend he killed brought BackFromTheDead]]. Afterwards, he's apparently trying to help [[spoiler: Jake English]] and apologize to Feferi, but has remained sarcastic and mean throughout all of this.
* In ''Webcomic/IrregularWebcomic'', there's Dr. Ginny. She pretty much works with whoever she feels like.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Sinfest}}'', Fuchsia bounced back and forth between crushing on Criminy and actively helping Blue and the Devil antagonize Slick and Monique until her character development led her to pretty much stop being evil.
* In ''Webcomic/EvilInc'', Elastic Man keeps switching sides, largely out of [[LoveMakesYouEvil desire for a girlfriend]].
** Evil Atom mentions to a [[FaceHeelTurn defecting superhero]] that they have a ''literal'' revolving door installed for [[Comicbook/XMen Mystique]] alone.

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* ''WebSeries/CarmillaTheSeries'': During Season 2, Carmilla switches orientation no fewer than four times, as does her sister, Mattie, due to their vampiric nature testing the strength of their alliance with (and in Carmilla's case, love for) Laura. In Season 3, they both settle down into, respectively, ByronicHero and AntiHero roles.
* ''WebVideo/Lonelygirl15'':
** How many times did [[spoiler:Gemma]] either change sides or turn out not to have changed sides after all? In a relatively small amount of appearances, at that? Granted, this doesn't seem to have been a result of lazy or inconsistent writing - the woman just couldn't commit.
** There's [[spoiler:Sarah]]. In her first appearance, she appeared to be a villain when she held the heroes at gunpoint; but then she sided with the heroes; but then she got brainwashed by the villains; but then the heroes rescued her from the brainwashing; but then it turned out she'd actually been working for the villains all along; but no, wait, she was ''actually'' being blackmailed that time, she's really on the heroes' side; and now, the sequel series ''lg15: the Resistance'' has her once more turning out to really, actually, honest to God, this time we mean it, have been on the villains' side all along.
*** Making it worse is that a video was actually put up solely to explain how various actions we'd seen Sarah taking over the past weeks were signs of her villainy. It couldn't be more obvious that all the footage in it is from the spinoff, for the simple reason that there's no freaking way to incorporate the majority of her scenes in the original show into the new story.
* ''WebVideo/ResidentEvilAbridged'': {{Justified}}, since Barry's being blackmailed to betray his team. So he alternates between saving Jill's life one moment, to [[LuredIntoATrap setting her up]] the next. But he ultimately ends up siding with Chris and Jill, once [[spoiler: Wesker]] is defeated.
* Happens with Julie Mikan in ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest''. She undergoes a FaceHeelTurn at the very start whilst deciding to play, killing Owen Fontaine gives her a HeelFaceTurn and a HeroicBSOD, before a few days later, she once again decides to play, becoming a 'heel' for the second time.
* Cale from ''Roleplay/DarwinsSoldiers'' switches sides no less than four times, playing for almost every faction (experiments, terrorists, scientists, Dragnostorm) at some point. This is [[http://z7.invisionfree.com/thegangoffive/index.php?showtopic=7319&view=findpost&p=9202069 lampshaded]] by Dr. Shelton.
** In ''Pavlov's Checkmate'', Cale finally gets over this, refusing to switch sides when the antagonist gives him the offer.
* Everyone in the YWC (Youtube Wrestling Community) seems to switch sides so much that they seem to live inside thessentially door.
* [[ARG/DarkDreamChronicle Vadiir]] started on the side of the [[UtopiaJustifiesTheMeans Communes]], then he went to the [[LaResistance Rebellion]], and now he's back with the [[WellIntentionedExtremist Commune]], though he says he's a [[ChaoticNeutral free agent]].
* Definitely occurs, to pretty much everybody, in the Prolecto Series. Starts with the standard virus induced FaceHeelTurn, then most of the Succubi switch to Faces, then a few switch to WellIntentionedExtremist, then they switch back, then one of the Faces goes Heel...Then some people who stayed Heel go face. A couple actually qualify as HazyFeelTurns, actually.
** http://www.furaffinity.net/view/6721353
* A few examples in ''Literature/TheQuestportChronicles'', but most noticeably the Lord of Angels and Demons, who switches sides at the drop of a hat. He's [[AffablyEvil never truly]] ''evil'', but he oscillates between being mildly useful and incredibly annoying.
* Sprockett and Hubbs from ''VideoGame/MoshiMonsters''. They've swapped so many times that no one knows what side they're truly on...not even ''themselves'' know if they're good or bad!
* ''Franchise/{{Noob}}'' is set in a MMORPG with established factions and changing an avatar's faction is possible.
** The guild of Gaea Amirers, made of Coalition players, is convinced that Gaea, an Empire player, is actually a DoubleAgent for the Coalition and want to assisst her. However, any action on their part favoring Gaea also favors the Empire. This makes its members basically switch sides each time they run into Gaea.
** Starting Season 4 / the fourth novel, the player behind [[spoiler:Gaea herself]] is technically constantly switching sides: [[spoiler:she performed a Face Heel Turn from her guildmates' point of view with her main avatar, but kept her secondary one in the same faction as said guildmates. The guildmates in question happen to be understaffed enough to let her tag along. She however tends to work only for her own advancement, which has lead to one of her avatars to be working against its own side at least once.]]
* Tyce from ''WebVideo/DeagleNation'' often switches between being Jace's friend and being his ArchEnemy.
* Benny from WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic switches between being on Critic's side and leaving him tied up by Hyper Boner.