Playing With / High-Heel–Face Turn

Basic Trope: Female Mooks are more likely to betray the Big Bad.
  • Straight: Alice, the female mook of Big Bad Bob, betrays him for Charlie, The Hero.
  • Exaggerated: Every female mook betrays the Big Bad for The Hero.
  • Downplayed: Alice remains loyal to Bob and helps to capture Charlie — but she pleads with Bob to spare Charlie's life, because "We can't kill him, we still need him!"
  • Justified: The villains are very misogynistic, and the female mooks want to be on a side where they're treated better.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted
    • ...but she winds up falling for him for real, and when it comes time to betray Charlie, she can't.
    • ...but she turns out to be a villain in name only, she genuinely want to save Charlie and set things right.
  • Parodied:
    • Alice is extremely shallow and falls for Charlie for superficial reasons, having only been with Bob until someone more Bad Ass and better "equipped" came along.
    • Alice is Genre Savvy and in Bob's service because she wants to meet a heroic man.
  • Zig Zagged:
  • Averted: All evil characters stay evil, and all good characters stay good, or male and female characters turn evil and good at equal rates.
  • Enforced: "We planned for the villains to die, but we don't want The Hero Charlie to have to kill a woman."
  • Lampshaded: "Figures Alice is helping us. Women Are Wiser, after all."
  • Invoked: The Hero, Bob Kirk, seduces the female mook Alice to get her to betray Big Bad Charlie.
  • Exploited: When looking for a mook to subvert to his side, Charlie is Genre Savvy enough to immediately home in on Alice.
  • Defied:
    • Alice decides she isn't in to goodie-two-shoes types.
    • Charlie quotes "If I'm to be an evil overlord, all my mooks will be all male."
    • Bob quotes "If I'm to have female mooks, in order to make them generic, all my mooks will be all female."
    • Bob decided not to hire mooks and went One-Man Army.
    • Bob shot Alice from behind to preventing her from turning her blade on him.
  • Discussed: "You know, if this were fiction, Alice would be helping us now."
  • Conversed: Why do the women on these shows always seem to turn good?
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice secretly betrays Charlie by rescuing Bob from death, but she makes to clear that she's True Neutral and if she ever sees Bob, she'll kill him. Then she leaves and is never seen again.
    • The second Arc comes, showing that she used Bob to kill Charlie, so she gains his fallen empire, becoming the new Big Bad.
    • Big Bad denies all women applying for his organization because of this trope, so he ends up with a reputation of a sexist, his mooks make jokes thinking he's a homosexual, and complain about lack of women around. The Big Bad himself dies as a virgin.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The new Arc comes along, the villainess Darlene has Bob right where she wants him, but Alice makes a Big Damn Heroes moment, claiming that she'll hang around him for a while for entertainment. She becomes the one to kill off Darlene.
    • Alice is the bad guy in name only, as she proceeds to use Charlie's old resources to do good deeds.
    • Charlie is alright with being thought of as a misogynist, is actually gay (so those minions laughing at him merely puzzle him) and allows minions to freely interact with civilian women (or, alternatively only recruits male minions that are similarly aware of this trope).
  • Played For Laughs: All the male mooks hate their job, but none want to change sides because they think they'll look feminine.

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