Playing With / High-Heel–Face Turn

Basic Trope: Female Mooks are more likely to betray the Big Bad.
  • Straight: Alice, the female mook of Emperor Evulz, betrays him for Charlie, The Hero.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
  • Justified: The villains are very misogynistic, and the female mooks want to be on a side where they're treated better.
  • Inverted: Alice, The Chick, betrays Charlie, The Hero, for Big Bad Emperor Evulz.
  • Gender Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted
  • Parodied:
  • 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: Charlie seduces the female mook Alice to get her to betray Evulz.
  • Exploited:
  • Defied:
    • Alice decides she isn't into goodie-two-shoes types.
    • Evulz decides "If I'm to be an evil overlord, all my mooks will be all male."
    • Evulz decides "If I'm to have female mooks, in order to make them generic, all my mooks will be all female."
    • Evulz decided not to hire mooks and went One-Man Army.
    • Evulz 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 Evulz by rescuing Charlie from death, but she makes to clear that she's True Neutral and if she ever sees Charlie, she'll kill him. Then she leaves and is never seen again.
    • The second Arc comes, showing that she used Charlie to kill Evulz, so she gains his fallen empire, becoming the new Big Bad.
    • Evulz denies all women applying for his organization because of this trope, so he ends up with the reputation of a sexist, while his mooks make jokes thinking he's a homosexual and complain about the lack of women around. Evulz himself dies as a virgin.
  • Reconstructed:
    • The new Arc comes along, General Drake has Charlie right where he 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 Drake.
    • Alice is the bad guy in name only, as she proceeds to use Evulz’s old resources to do good deeds.
    • Evulz 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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