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High Heel-Face Turn
133. If I find my beautiful consort with access to my fortress has been associating with the hero, I'll have her executed. It's regrettable, but new consorts are easier to get than new fortresses and maybe the next one will pay attention at the orientation meeting.

When the Heel-Face Turn meets The Smurfette Principle, if there is a lone female among the cast of villains, she is overwhelmingly likely to be the one who betrays them and turns good, because Females Are More Innocent.

It isn't always because she falls in love with The Hero, although this is the most frequent version. Wouldn't Hit a Girl may come into play as well; the simple fact that she isn't mown down like all the other Mooks may help her make up her mind that the side of good isn't so terrible after all. In other cases she's Good All Along but was initially attracted by the villain's charms before getting in over her head.

The reason this trope exists is a combination of Beauty Equals Goodness plus the Double Standard that women cannot be truly evil. For the same reason, a female villain typically has to go above and beyond her male counterparts before the audience will accept her as irredeemable. The flipside to this is the Unfortunate Implications of the male sex being more evil than that of the former villainess.

Being unattractive is another surefire way to keep a female baddie on the side of evil, as is being overly sexual; The Vamp is an unlikely candidate for redemption because she's usually the one attracting the men, not vice versa.

Compare Females Are More Innocent and Women Are Wiser. See also Sorting Algorithm of Face Heel Turning, Dating Catwoman, Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter, Dark Magical Girl, the Dark Chick, the Femme Fatale, Defecting for Love, Sex Face Turn (the hero's usual technique), Deliver Us from Evil and Men Are the Expendable Gender. Contrast Daddy's Little Villain (who is usually too evil to be redeemed) and In Love with the Mark (a gender flipped version).

Note: This trope is not just for any Heel-Face Turn that happens to involve a female. The female villain HAS to be amongst male villains in order to count. (Ex: a Harry Potter fic where Bellatrix Lestrange decides to stop being a Death Eater and becomes a member of the Order of the Phoenix.)


Examples:

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    Anime and Manga 
  • Oh, Gundam. Where do we even start.
    • Alright, the original series has Miharu Ratokie, rookie spy, sell out our heroes before falling in love with Kai. She dies while helping defend White Base, though.
    • Lalah has the misfortune of falling in love with the main protagonist AND antagonist. She dies taking a beam sword for Char, which proves a running theme in Gundam.
    • Zeta has Four Murasame and Rosamia Badam fall in love with Kamille, Reccoa falling in love with the villain, and Sarah falling in love with Katz AND the villain. Note, none of them actually switch sides but Reccoa. Everyone just mentioned dies, except Kamille, who ends up mind raped into almost catatonia and turned into The Ophelia until the end of ZZ. Unless you count The Movie.
  • Chane Laforet of the Lemures, in Baccano!. Of course, her comrades were planning to kill her in the end, and it could be argued that she remained true to the groups original purpose (protecting her father)...
    • Heck, she was three quarters of the way through turning before the show even started, and her whole team knew it.
  • Perona in One Piece was the only one of Gecko Moriah's minions who was female and fighting for him by her own free will. After some initial difficulties, Perona ended up helping Zoro, and post time skip she fought off Marines that were trying to catch the Straw Hats.
  • In Get Backers, a lot of the female villainesses are this.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist uses this trope with Lust.
  • Guren, one of the few major female filler antagonists in Naruto, does a High Heel Face Turn after coming to love Yukimaru, and cooperates with Naruto to ensure his safety. Unfortunately, she apparently dies protecting him. Or not.
    • So did Konan, the only female member of the Akatsuki, who admits that her morality and motivation completely depend on her childhood friend Nagato. So when he goes the route of Redemption Equals Death, she follows the new goals which he strove for, becoming the unofficial leader of their village.
      • Konan averts this, actually. It was Pein who was convinced to pull a Heel-Face Turn, not her. Konan was only ever loyal to Pein, so she never actually switched sides.
  • Fresh Pretty Cure!: Setsuna Higashi goes from the sole female member of an evil organization (Eas) to Fourth Ranger to the Cures (Cure Passion) in episode 23. This helps her in episode 25 when she has to battle an impersonator of her former self.
    • However, then said organization has another female member take Eas' place. This time the trope is subverted, as this female stays evil to her demise, and the two males make Heel Face Turns.
  • Suite Pretty Cure ♪: Siren, the villains' second-in-command, exits the Heel-Face Revolving Door in episode 22 and becomes Cure Beat. Unlike Setsuna, Siren used to be a good person and had spent a few episodes brainwashed, making her turn to heroism even more inevitable.
  • In the Utawarerumono anime, Touka of the Evenkuruga tribe is the only woman fighting on the side of Kucca Kecca, and the only one to later join the protagonist.
  • Renee in Innocent Venus when she rediscovers her feelings for an old flame.
  • Pixie of the Big Bad Four in Monster Rancher.
  • Inverted in the original manga of the Hentai manga series Bondage Fairies, where the three villains are women, and their male slave is won over by and assists the heroine, Pfil. This gets him killed by Marcia, his master and the cruelest of the sisters.
  • Gatomon in Digimon Adventure, rare non-romantic version.
  • In Kikaider during the four part OVA series, Bijinder decides to join up with the good guys after seeing how she actually cares about them.
  • Viro in Elemental Gelade has lived her entire life as a worthless Sting Raid, and is willing to do anything to become a real Edel Raid. She's sent undercover to spy on Coud, earn his trust, and if possible, separate him from his partner, Ren. Of course, Coud is the first person to treat her kindly, and she ends up falling in love. Unfortunately, Redemption Equals Death.
  • Subverted in Bleach, with Riruka. While she was the most reluctant member of her group and had somewhat of a crush on Ichigo, she ends up bonding more with Orihime than with Ichigo, and what made her realize that she truly was in the wrong were not her feelings for him, but realizing that Ichigo was the only one truly capable of saving the X-Cution group, since their leader Ginjou was actually the Dark Messiah.
  • Fairy Tail loves this trope:
    • Juvia from Phantom Lord joins Fairy Tail after her defeat because she falls head over heels for Gray during their fight. She was never actually a bad person—just gloomy and a bit anti-social—but she did belong to a villainous guild.
    • Coco from Edolas counts, even though she is the only one of her group who doesn't have a bad bone in her body. On top of that, none of the Edolas villains can really be called such because all they want is to ensure the survival of their realm, even if it means killing much of the residents of Magnolia; Coco defects because their plan also entails the sacrifice of Lily, her closest friend.
      • Erza Nightwalker similarly has a change of heart, but it happens too late to make any difference to the story.
    • Ultear and Merudy from Grimoire Heart; it's played especially straight for Ultear, who committed evil deeds without remorse because she thought her mother abandoned and replaced her as a child.
    • Saber Tooth features an inversion: Minerva, the only (villainous) female of her guild, is the only one who doesn't pull a Heel-Face Turn.
      • She just has been revealed to have a Freudian Excuse and thus seems pretty close to making the turn.
    • Flare from Raven Tail also turns. She is cruel and creepy when her guildmates are around, but is subject to quite a bit of physical abuse when she fails to meet their expectations. Once her guild is liquidated, her true personality is shown to be quite timid and apologetic (but still creepy).

    Comic Books 
  • In the Green Lantern/Green Arrow teamup "Hard-Traveling Heroes II", Crackshot does this with barely a thought. Her boss is kind of weirding her out, Green Arrow's really hot, what's to consider?
  • In Batman #4, Queenie, a member of the Joker's gang, became the first criminal to deduce that Bruce Wayne was Batman and ended up falling for him. She later took a bullet intended for the crime fighter.
    • Likewise, it's often implied that Harley Quinn is only such a psycho due to Joker's toxic influence on her, as she's had her share of Pet the Dog moments and even tried reforming at least once.
  • Talia, daughter of Ra's Al Ghul, frequently betrayed her father out of her love for his enemy, Batman. In her case, it's more of a Heel-Face Revolving Door, as she was always torn between her attraction to Batman and her loyalty to her father. During the "Death and the Maiden" arc, she turned against both men, having been betrayed by her father and sick of being used as a pawn by Batman to take Ra's down. By the time Grant Morrison started using her in his Batman Inc. storylines, she has become as evil as her father ever was.
  • In Batman 500, "All Mine Enemies", was the first mass team up by all the villains to kill Batman. They were instantly betrayed by Talia and Catwoman (the only two women in the room) who both joined the caped crusader and attempted not only to help him defeat everyone else but also to get his attention.
  • Diamondback (Rachel Leighton) was sent by the Serpent Society to help capture Captain America. Though she did not immediately abandon her mercenary ways, she fell in love with Cap and helped him escape. They later formed a romantic relationship.
  • In a feminist variation, Golden Age Wonder Woman stories often had her make extra effort to redeem female opponents, far more effort than she would extend to a male baddie. And she often succeeded. Even Paula Von Gunther, a Nazi and one of Diana's main archnemeses at the time, saw the light eventually.
  • Very few female X-Men villains stay villains. The Scarlet Witch, Rogue, Marrow, Emma Frost, Sage, Danger, Frenzy, and Callisto were all X-Men or X-Factor villains who became good guys. Mystique and Lady Mastermind were also X-Men villains who became X-Men, although it didn't take (though Mystique is usually portrayed as redeemable and willing to do what she thinks is the right thing). The X-Men have had male villains change sides - Quicksilver turned hero when his twin sister the Scarlet Witch did, though she's always portrayed as the more heroic of the two (unless she's having mental problems, in which case it's portrayed as not her fault) - but not as many. And when you consider that they have more male villains but fewer male villains-turned-hero, you can see this trope in full effect.

    Film - Animated 

    Film - Live-Action 
  • Happens in many of the James Bond films:
    • Goldfinger: Pussy Galore. Bond's Epic Goods turn her straight (or at least bi), apparently!
    • Lampshaded and subverted in Thunderball with SPECTRE's "Black Widow" Fiona Volpe, who warns Bond not to expect that from her. Bond, probably because he's a bed-hopping bastard, actually shrugs this off with "Well, you can't win them all". Volpe is actually the first Bond girl this doesn't work on, but it turned out he wasn't actually trying it on her in the first place.
    • Inverted in Live and Let Die where Bond sleeps with inept CIA agent Rosie Carver....then pulls a gun on her, revealing he knows she's actually The Mole for Big Bad Kananga. He threatens to kill her if she doesn't spill what she knows; when she says he wouldn't do that, they've just made love, he replies:
    • Live and Let Die: while Kananga's men are loyal to the death, his female fortune teller Solitaire is won over by Bond's charms, even going so far as to lose her virginity - and with it her ability to predict the future! - to him.
    • Mayday from A View to a Kill. She arguably has a Heel-Face Turn late in the movie, but it's not because of Bond - it's because Zorin betrayed her and killed her friends.
    • Inverted in Die Another Day when Frost tries to kill 007 after they spend the night together.
  • In Spies, a silent film that plays like a James Bond flick 30 years before the first James Bond flick, the lady spy from the Nebulous Evil Organization falls in love with the good guy spy that she was supposed to be a Honey Pot for. She refuses to betray him to her evil boss, and eventually helps to bring the evil boss down.
  • The Fast and the Furious:
    • Gisele in the fourth movie.
    • Zig-zagged in the fifth movie with Officer Neves. It seems like she'll end up in this role throughout most of the film, but both her and Hobbs end up joining forces with Toretto. She doesn't assist them in actually stealing the money, but does meet up with Dom again after the fact.
  • Happens with Galaxy agent Gila in the James Bond parody Our Man Flint.
  • Eve Teschmacher in the 1978 Superman movie and Kitty Kowalski in Superman Returns.
  • Lyranna from The Beastmaster 2.
  • Subverted in Creature from Haunted Sea: the main character repeatedly tries to get the girl to turn good, but she's not interested.
  • Sala, in The Movie of The Phantom. Little explanation is given, it seems to happen purely because the Laws of Trope demand it. Though she does seem awfully protective of her female companion.
  • Eve Kendall in North by Northwest. Although it turns out that she was a Reverse Mole all along.
  • The Baroness in the 2009 live action G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, fighting her way free of the nanomites to help Duke. Stays good until the end, though the nanomites are still there, and could be subverted if her brother had a second control device to drag her back.
  • Averted in the Straight-to-DVD release Green Lantern: First Flight, where, despite Boodika not being anywhere near as evil as the Big Bad Sinestro who she has allied herself with, she still ends up dying via impalement when Hal tricks her into shooting an energy rod to make it explode.
  • In the last of The Naked Gun films, Tanya Peters (Anna Nicole Smith) is the moll for a gang of terrorist assassins. After spending some time with the film's hero, Lieutenant Frank Drebin (who has gone undercover as an extra member of the gang), she apparently has a change of heart. She reveals where the gang leader has planted a bomb to Frank... but things go badly for her afterwards when Frank discovers she's transgender and reacts as though this is massively disgusting ("Unfortunate Implications" seems like much too generous a term for this scene).
  • In Disney's Condorman, KGB spy Natalia is a Defector from Commie Land, but she insists on doing so only to the titular "top secret agent", who is actually a bumbling comic book writer. Hilarity Ensues when he's forced to actually do all the spy stuff he dreams of in order to rescue her, but it's his naive charm that won Natalia's heart in the first place and helped prompt her defection.
  • X-Men:
    • Kayla from X-Men Origins: Wolverine. One thing for sure is that she's not evil to begin with.
    • Inverted in X-Men: First Class: both female mutants working with Xavier have turned to the dark side by the time the movie is over, and, aside from Magneto, are the only ones to do so.
  • Inverted in Spy Kids. The only female villain in the series (Teri Hatcher's character in the first movie) is one of the few to not be redeemed.
  • Trudy Chacon in Avatar is the only one of the soldiers who does a Heel-Face Turn: the other characters who turn are either scientists or Jake Sully who (very literally) Go Native, but Trudy is simply one grunt amongst hundreds. While she does spend more time with the main cast getting Aesops and stuff, it certainly comes off as this.
  • Yelena in xXx, though its later played with as the Genre Savvy Villain knew the whole time. (But didn't do anything about it.)
    • Of course, it turns out that she was undercover for the FSB the whole time.

    Literature 
  • Nicci in the Sword of Truth series, though this is more about Richard changing her view on life than his sheer manliness, though that did help a little.
    • Denna is a less extreme example, as are the rest of the surviving Mord Sith.
  • Michael Stackpole of the X-Wing Series books and comics is good at subverting this. All of his villains are more or less equally evil, including Ysanne Isard, Leona Tavira, and The Mole, Erisi Dlart. Isard is the Big Bad, but she's not insane in the main series, just ruthless and calculating. Several people pull Heel Face Turns, but while there's a couple women among them they turn because Defeat Equals Friendship and because they were helped, like the men.
    • The Star Wars EU also had a minor case in the Witches of Dathomir, it's shown that the form of the dark side used by the witches leaves them disfigured. It overloads their bodies and causes blood vessels near the skin to burst, so any of the witches that are less disfigured, and prettier, would theoretically be easier to return from the dark side. This of course leads to Unfortunate Implications like Beauty Equals Goodness.
    • And let's not forget about Mara Jade, either (at least her falling for Luke seems to have happened a few years after her turn).
  • Happens rather frequently in Leslie Charteris' The Saint novels.
  • Played With In the Fablehaven series, Vanessa is one of the only villains to do a Heel-Face Turn, but only out of necessity, and they distrust her repeatedly throughout the books. The Sphinx who was the Big Bad also turns good in the end, with the (Female) demon he controlled taking a position in a Big Bad Duumvirate.
  • Zig-Zagged with Diana from Gone. Throughout the series, she's probably the least outwardly loyal Coates kid, sometimes to the point of sabotaging their plans, but is the only one that actually cares about Caine. She stays even after Drake's and Jack's Heel Face Turns but is still openly critical of how things are being done. Finally, in Plague, she leaves for good. But she remains on her own side the whole time, so there's no technical change, and she left more because Caine used her for sex and lied to her than an attack of conscience, although there's a little bit of that, too.
  • In John Carter of Mars, Phaidor is the only named female Thern, and also the only named Thern to do a Heel-Face Turn. Notably, of the four main villains in the third book- the other three being Matai Shang (her dad), Thurid, and Salensus Oll- while all four die, she's the only girl and the only one to die repentant.
  • In Oliver Twist, Nancy is the only female in the group of villains, and the only one to do a Heel-Face Turn. Although she turns, she cannot abandon her criminal friends because All Girls Want Bad Boys.
  • Keela from Chanters of Tremaris betrays her half-brother to join the heroes, due to some handy magical rehardwiring of her personality.

    Live Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Faith joins the good guys again after Angel shows her The Power of Friendship.
  • This happens nearly Once an Episode in The Wild Wild West... Including in one version of the Animated Credits Opening!
  • The writers of Star Trek: The Original Series seemed incapable of thinking women could be evil. Even villainesses tended to get the soft-focused-cheesy-musiced-hey-it's-a-hot-girl treatment. Women who did do bad things were typically portrayed as naive and/or misguided and therefore more deserving of pity than blame. Prime examples of this are Lt. Marla McGivers and Dr. Janice Lester. Due to Values Dissonance, modern-day viewers tend to take rather less kindly to these characters than was intended.
    • What about Sylvia in "Catspaw"? Not only is she an unmitigated villainess, she dies — along with her more sympathetic male partner. It probably helps that "her" undisguised form looked like it was made out of pipe cleaners.
    • Notably, the episode "Friday's Child" was originally scripted with Eleen handing her own newborn child over to the bad guys in an effort to save herself and then getting killed anyway as they only wanted the baby in the first place. Roddenberry vetoed this because he believed all women would be maternal. Note the writer of this episode was a woman, so apparently he thought he knew her own sex better than she did.
  • Female villains in Power Rangers generally need to take a One-Winged Angel form in order to be destroyed.
  • In Robin Hood the Sheriff sends a spy into Bonchurch in order to get information on Robin from the newly appointed Earl: Much. Tellingly called Eve, she ends up falling for Much and admitting everything.
  • This often (but not always) happens in the 1966 Batman, usually with the various villains' molls.
    • Sometimes it would occur at the very end of an episode (just after the final commercial break) as a seeming sort of Aesop, as in "See, not all of these criminals are really bad people." This is exactly how the redemption of "Zelda the Great" came out (doubly notable since she was the villain of the show, not just a moll).
    • Ultimately subverted (or is that averted?) in the "Minstrel's Shakedown" episode: The Minstrel's moll initially surrenders to Batman and Robin, but they admire her courage and seemingly let her go. However, it was all a ruse to bug the girl's purse so that the Dynamic Duo can listen in on Minstrel's plot. After she learns this, the girl turns evil again.
  • Veronica Palmer in Better Off Ted, described in one episode as being the only female in upper management at the evil organization Veridian Dynamics, uses her position in several episodes to subvert company plans, either directly or by manipulating one of her underlings. And, although clearly sociopathic if not a bit insane, Veronica is consistently depicted as the far lesser of the evils in the rare occasion that upper management is seen.
  • Ros Myers was in the inner circle of the Collingwood Cabal from the two-part premiere of Spooks series five, alongside her MI6 boss Collingwood, her father Sir Jocelyn (the financier of the group's attempted coup d'etat), and newspaper mogul Paul Millington, who's been skewing his headlines to ensure maximum panic (and by extension, support for the "antiterrorism" measures upon which their planned police state will be built). She's quite appalled after Collingwood decides to pull the trigger on an assassination of the Home Minister and a staged airplane collision over London despite a presumed negotiation with Harry Pearce and his supporters, where he promised a short truce. Ros promptly texts Adam Carter to warn him of the assassination attempt, and spends the second part of the premiere passing intel of the Cabal's actions to Section D, before quitting Six and joining MI-5 at the end of the episode.
  • Every named villain in the Doctor Who serial "The Daleks' Master Plan" is either clearly male, or a genderless alien played by a male actor, with the exception of The Ace Sara Kingdom. Guess which character ends up becoming a temporary companion.

    Theatre 
  • In Camus' L'État de siège (The State of Siege), Death (a female) betrays her master, Plague, to aid the male protagonist.

    Video Games 
  • Cerl in Breath of Fire. Unfortunately, Redemption Equals Death.
  • The female second-in-command of the Korriban Academy can be given one in Knights of the Old Republic if you help her kill Uhtar Wynn, then defeat her.
    • ... And also if you make her question the Sith philosophy beforehand.
    • One scary male leader of the Sith academy. One treacherous but hot female underling. Guess which one you have a chance to turn towards the light?
      • Also with one rather hot Sith apprentice and her nasty-looking master with a massive chunk cut out of the front of his face. One of them you can save, the other always dies.
      • Mara Jade, anybody?
  • In Final Fantasy II, Leila does a Heel-Face Turn after the party defeats her crew, and joins them.
  • In Final Fantasy VI, Celes is the first of the Empire's generals to turn against the war. While it mainly had to do with her personal morality, her crush on Locke certainly helped.
    • Actually, the two Empire soldiers who were beating her unconscious when Locke first meets her probably had a larger influence on her decision to defect.
  • In Final Fantasy VII prequel Crisis Core, all of the Turks eventually turn to Zack's side, but Cissnei is the first to do so.
  • In Mega Man X: Command Mission, although it's more of a Strange Bedfellows scenario, Ferham, one of the last members of the Rebellion, helps her enemies (X and his allies) defeat the Big Bad Redips/Spider by removing the Applied Phlebotinum that made him nearly invincible, allowing the heroes to ultimately defeat him. In the end, Ferham, like most other examples involving both this trope and Applied Phlebotinum, pulls off a Redemption Equals Death to destroy the Applied Phlebotinum so that it will not fall into the wrong hands ever again.
    • It can be difficult to actually characterize the rebels in that game as outright evil, especially the ones at the top of the ladder; all of them seem to be genuinely dedicated to their ideals, which her "turn" affirmed if nothing else, and given the depiction of the federation government in that game and particularly the head honcho the hunters answer to it's hard to condemn them.
  • Averted in the Dark Forces Saga; in Jedi Knight, the Dark Jedi who gets a Heel-Face Turn is the teenage boy. The female Dark Jedi is The Dragon and is killed just before you face the Big Bad. Desann's apprentice Tavion is spared by Kyle in Jedi Outcast, but she just comes back even more pissed off as the new Big Bad in Jedi Academy.
  • Neverwinter Nights: Identical to the above example, there's one hot female elf, one insane bald male human, and one ancient and really ugly lizardwoman. Guess which you can redeem?
    • The Shadows of Undrentide-Hordes of the Underdark campaign arc mostly averts this. No Heel Face Turns of any type occur in the entire series (unless you count the end of Aribeth's Heel-Face Revolving Door and Nathyrra's backstory), despite having at least two female villains who might have made a good story to have redeemed them.
  • In the second of the Baten Kaitos series, Baelheit's little girl, Milly straight out defies him when the trio finally faces off against him in is floating empire. She pretty much confesses her love for Sagi in her sidequest just before this boss battle.
  • Indicators are that the City of Heroes update, Going Rogue, will have an example of this in demon-summoner Desdemona's background. She seems to be the likely contact for Villains seeking to turn Hero.
  • In Mortal Kombat, this seems the only way a villain can find redemption. The only ones who seem to have successfully done so are Kitana, Jade, and Sindel. (Not that there aren't plenty of female villains in the franchise that are clearly incapable of redemption; Mileena is a good example.)
  • Belleza of Skies of Arcadia pulls this because she finds Vyse attractive. Helps that she was never all that evil to begin with. Her goal was to unite the world under one nation so that there would be no more wars. Once she realizes that Galcian just wants the world to suffer, she decides to sacrifice herself to kill him, by ramming her airship into his escape pod, when he tries to run away after Vyse and the others defeat him. It wasn't just that she thinks Vyse is hot, and she was in love with Galcian.
    • It actually had nothing to do with her finding Vyse attractive and her switching sides was actually caused because Galcian attempted to kill her along with the rest of Valua when he sent her back to the Empress and then promptly called down the Rains of Destruction.
  • Kurow Kirishima of Project Justice sets himself up with two henchwomen - his sister Yurika, and admirer Momo. By the end of the game they've both betrayed him for the friends they've gained... although Kurow probably brought it on himself by treating Yurika like crap and sending her to Seijyun, where she'd find Akira and bond with her in a rare prospect Les Yay example of this and considering Momo as nothing more than a pawn so Shouma rescues and then recruits her.
  • Averted in Dragon Age: Origins by Ser Cauthien. She serves Loghain out of loyalty and honour, but questions several of his decisions. It's possible outside of the Landsmeet chamber for a Warden PC with high Coercion and Persuasion to talk her into walking away, but otherwise you're forced to kill her for her loyalty to a misguided tyrant. Seduction is not an option either way.
    • Morrigan is basically a walking subversion. A romance will cause her to soften considerably, but her plan to use the warden to create a MacGuffin Baby for her own (dubious?) purposes and leave the warden goes on as planned, regardless.
  • Trish in the first Devil May Cry.
  • Vivian in Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door decides to join Mario and leave her sisters after figuring that her sister Beldam is just too damn mean. It should be noted that she is the only one of her sisters who is even remotely attractive... and is actually male in Japan.
  • As it would seem, in BlazBlue NOL is setting themselves up to have a massive High Heel-Face Turn in the end. First off, Litchi is genuinely good and probably just a victim of manipulation, not really loyal to NOL, some tinkering from other sources like either Carl or Bang could make her defect. Tsubaki is also pretty sympathetic; Jin, Noel and Hakumen would probably work on persuading her to get out of NOL rather than offing her. Then if the rumors about the identity of Phantom being the dead Nine coming Back from the Dead, Jubei would still want her back and other heroes could convince her. And the Puppet King Imperator Saya? It was Relius and Terumi that turned her evil in the first place, and Ragna wouldn't give her up so easily. Pretty much in NOL, those who are not redeemable lack a vagina (Hazama/Terumi and Relius)
    • as of ChronphantasmaTsubaki returns to the Good side and Litchi while she didn't join the good guys is freed from her Manipulator so she's neutral in a sense.However Saya is revealed to be Izanami the Goddess of Death possessing her and took over as the Big Bad still taking Phantom who is indeed Nine with her.The Two evil men Hazama and Relius?The Former is dead,The Latter suffered a massive breakdown he couldn't function as a villain anymore.
  • As found out in Assassin's Creed II, Maria Thorpe.
  • Surprisingly, gender flipped in the second half of Fire Emblem: Seisen no Keifu. The brothers Johan and Johalva are both in love with Lakche (or her expy Radney, if you screwed up badly enough in part 1 to prevent Lakche from being born) and one of them can be persuaded to pull this by her and join the heroes. The other will go man scorned and she'll have to kill him.
    • And in the first generation there's Prince Jamuka, who has feelings for Adean the Priestess and she can convince him to join sides... and later he can marry either her or her twin sister Briggid.
    • Also, it's more often than not averted in its original form. More than once you'll have a Anti-Villain with an Undying Loyalty to an enemy, but she won't be likely to switch sides for the heroes's love or friendship. Selena Fluorspar from Fire Emblem: The Sacred Stones is an especially tragic case; she is shown as a sympathetic My Country, Right or Wrong type, but still dies by your hand, and the two generals who actually Heel-Face Turn are male. And one gets killed before he could join your group anyway.
  • Subverted in Blazing Sword. The bad guys consist of the Big Bad, two Anti-Villain brothers who only serve their organisation out of the loyalty they had before it was corrupted, a male assassin who kills Matthew's love interest, Leila, a Manipulative Bitch, said woman's loyal female underling, and a powerful female Morph who believes her only purpose is to serve the Big Bad. Who gets redemption? The male assassin. Via the Manipulative Bitch's Dark Magical Girl daughter, who pulls a Heel-Face Turn first and brings him along. (Genderflipped example, then?).
  • Possibly played straight in Sword Of Seals with Idoun, but only In the best ending. She was under Mind Control, anyway.
  • In the PSP remake of Tactics Ogre, you can go ahead and make the only female Templar Commando Ozma defect from the Roslolians and join Denim's forces. Not available on all routes, though. Oh, and in the same time, she's upgraded into a possible Love Interest for Haborym/Hobyrim.
    • The same way could apply to Ravness Loxaerion, the new girl. When Duke Ronwey turned Heel, Denam/Catiua/Vyce's turn of Face/Heel depends on the player's actions. Leonar always turns Heel, Ravness ALWAYS TURNS FACE. Though depending on your decision, she might not enjoy that Face status soon.
  • TimeSplitters: Future Perfect. The time traveling hero helps out a seventies super-agent stop a world threatening conspiracy. Many of the female mooks can be overheard desiring the super-agent in many sexy ways. Gamewise, here is no choice but to shoot the mooks. The super-agent? More interested in dressing up like a lady and flirting with the men in the game.
  • Isabela Keyes in Dead Rising.
  • Chidori tries to do this in Persona 3, but it ends up as a Heel Face Door Slam via Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Gitaroo Man is too weird to play very many tropes straight besides this one. There's only one female Gravillian, and naturally, she's been brought up to fight Gitaroo-Man as the planet's greatest champion, only to fall for him at the last minute.
  • Averted wholesale in RosenkreuzStilette. Granted, that game's cast is mostly female to begin with, but normally, Iris would seem like the kind of villain who would redeem herself at some point, being pretty and all (and not in a sexual way either). She doesn't. To begin with, everything she does is simply for her own amusement, so such a possibility is already ruled out.
  • Erim the Goddess of Death from Lufia II: Rise of the Sinistrals is a lone female in a group of four mad Sinistrals. She falls for the local Red-Headed Hero Maxim. after Maxim defeats the Sinistrals (including her), she decides to reincanate into a straight up heroine in the sequels and Screw Destiny.
  • X'tabay from Video Game/Guacamelee'' eventually turns to Juan's side after Calaca ignores her completely once he gets El Presidente's daughter. (That the man's beloved pet monster died while X'tabay was supposed to be taking care of it doesn't really help much.)

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  • In the made-for-tv movie Operation: Jet Fusion for The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron, Jet Fusion tries to invoke this trope on Beautiful Gorgeous, Prof. Calamitous's daughter. It fails though.
    • Later, it seems that it's worked and the two are set to get married. But then it turns out that it's actually an evil plot to control Jet's mind, and Beautiful Gorgeous is still unwilling to change.
  • In Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers, Pete's lieutenant, Clarebelle Cow, betrays him when she falls in love with Goofy... In SONG no less! "Chains of Love"
  • Jinx from Teen Titans, the sole female of the HIVE Five group, ends up joining the Titans in the end.
  • Rogue from X-Men: Evolution - although given that she was only on the bad guys' side because she thought the X-Men wanted her dead, this is pretty justified).
    • Zigzagged with Tabitha/Boom-Boom who leaves the Xavier Institute and moves in with the Brotherhood. She then leaves them when Mystique returns and works with the X-Men a few times after that. From then onwards she just seems to go with whichever groups suits her at the time: in one episode, she's staying with the Brotherhood while fighting crime with the female X-Men.
  • Blackarachnia from Beast Wars once she gets involved with Silverbolt (although Megatron trying to create a future in which she didn't exist didn't help any, either).
  • Averted in Kim Possible with Shego, who massively subverts the trope at the end of at least two episodes which look like they're heading in this direction. However, that doesn't stop her from taking part in numerous Enemy Mines, particularly in the finale.
    • Not to mention it's revealed she had done a Face-Heel Turn in her background, inverting this trope, since she was the only female in her heroic Sibling Team.
  • Megara from Hercules, anyone? To her credit, she was never really evil in the first place.
  • Averted in Avatar: The Last Airbender . The Fire Lord Ozai has a son, Zuko and a daughter, Azula. Azula supports him to the end, but his son eventually betrays him to Avatar Aang.
    • It's heavily hinted, especially by Aang, that Azula will make a Heel-Face Turn in the future at the end of The Search, which has her abandoning her evil goals completely and running away to seek a new purpose in life.
  • In Wolverine and the X-Men, Emma Frost betrays the Inner Circle out of a combination of her love for Cyclops and the fact that hanging around with the X-Men has caused her to grow a conscience, and, of course, the practical reason that the Inner Circle kept switching up their plans without telling her, making her feel like a betrayal was coming. This trope is averted by the Inner Circle's other female member, Selene, however; she's portrayed as an entirely unrepentent sadist and schemer throughout.
  • Parodied in American Dad! when one of Stan's partner of the week invokes this to get them out of imprisonment with nothing more than a short song. He apparently sexed his way through 200 miles of jungles. Though to be fair... he did have an enticing voice.
  • Zhalia in Huntik: Secrets & Seekers.
  • In Generator Rex, BOTH female members of the Pack, Circe and Breach, end up changing sides thanks to Rex's influence on them.
    • Played with as Biowulf leads the rest of the Pack, sans Van Kleiss into more neutral territory, because by that point Providence was the enemy, and the female Black Knight has become the Big Bad
  • In the Justice League episode "Injustice for All (part 2)", Batman convinces Cheetah to sell out the Injustice Gang to the Justice League, which earns her a Redemption Equals Death (though she gets better). Subverted when it turns out she didn't, and the real traitor was Ultra Humanite, who didn't want to be there in the first place. And because Batman made a huge donation to National Public Radio in his name.


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