Playing With / Protagonist Journey to Villain

Basic Trope: A heroic main character turns into a Villain Protagonist over the course of the story.
  • Straight: In Bob the Strong, the titular Bob starts out as an idealistic vigilante. However, a series of hard decisions with no clear positive outcome, several personal tragedies and crossing the Despair Event Horizon ultimately leads him to abandon his ideals and become a revenge-driven madman.
  • Exaggerated: By the end of the story, Bob has become an irredeemable villain.
  • Downplayed: Bob becomes a brutal, cynical Anti-Hero, but nonetheless remains true to his original motives.
  • Justified: Bob's grasp on his morals are not as strong as he thinks.
  • Inverted: Redemption Quest
  • Subverted: Bob has a Heel Realization.
  • Double Subverted: But his anger and resentment towards the world leads him to ignore it.
  • Parodied: Bob is driven to villainy by a series of terrible tragedies that include traffic jams, being late for work, the subway train arriving too late and someone vandalizing his car.
  • Zig Zagged: Bob's descent into villainy leads to a Heel–Face Revolving Door.
  • Averted: Bob starts out as the Ideal Hero and keeps true to his ideals through the entire story.
  • Enforced: Bob the Strong is a prequel to Lightspeed Alice focusing on the Big Bad. Because of accusations of Bob being a flat, uninteresting character, the writers decide to give him a compelling backstory.
  • Lampshaded: "What has Bob become? He's not the lovable honeybun he used to be."
  • Invoked: The Big Bad sets up Bob for a string of failures to coax him down a villainous path.
  • Exploited: Maligno recruits the now villainous Bob and with their combined strength create a veritable crime empire.
  • Defied: Bob refuses to let his anger get the better of him.
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: ???
  • Implied: As far as the audience can tell, Bob remains fairly stable. But as time goes by, more and more progressively worse crimes are taking place, and Bob is the prime suspect of each one.
  • Deconstructed: Bob began the story as a hero or at least neutral but because of what would be deemed as morally right actions he is put on the wrong side of the law. Hunted by the law enforcement he has to continue to break laws to try and clear everything only to find out that he is the scapegoat for a government cover up, that would rather destroy him than reveal the truth.
  • Reconstructed: But because Bob is deemed an enemy by the government, he is given the advantage of allying himself with an enemy nation, to whom he can betray whatever secrets on the government he possesses. With his knowledge, the enemy nation accept him in their counter-intelligence program, enabling him the means by which he can exact his revenge.

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