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Playing With: Reformed, but Rejected
Basic Trope: An evil character turns good, but faces mistrust from his new allies.
  • Straight: Dracone makes a Heel-Face Turn, joining Hiro and his gang. The good guys are suspicious of him and generally give him a wide berth.
  • Exaggerated:
    • When Dracone switches from evil to good, the good guys pretty much treat him as their prisoner for a long time until he's absolutely proven himself.
    • Dracone becomes good, but all the heroes ever do is to try many attempts to kill him just because he tried to help them.
    • The worst things Dracone ever did was smoke pot and shoplift. He's just as mistrusted, if not more, than someone who killed millions of innocent people offscreen.
    • Dracone tries to turn good, or at least leave evil, but gets a Heel Face Door Slam.
    • Not only the heroes treat Dracone with contempt despite turning good, but also the rest of society.
  • Downplayed:
    • Hiro and his gang mostly trust Dracone, but they're not prepared to become close friends with him just yet.
    • While Hiro and his gang acknowledges Dracone's sincerity in changing sides, that's not enough for them to put aside their hostility.
  • Justified:
    • Feigning a switch to the side of good is a common strategy for the forces of evil, so the good guys have to keep their guard up in case Dracone's switch was fake.
    • The good guys think that just because Dracone has changed doesn't outweigh all of the crimes he has committed.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Dracone announces his intent to join Hiro's side. Though Hiro starts by brutally questioning and cross-examining him, once Dracone has answered all questions honestly and thoroughly, Hiro welcomes him warmly with no suspicion.
  • Double Subverted: ...because he knows that if Dracone is going to try anything, he's not going to try while he is ostensibly on guard.
  • Parodied: Dracone feels miserable about how he Poked a Poodle, and immediately switches to the side of good, but everyone treats him as if his Poodle-Poking constituted a crossing of the Moral Event Horizon.
  • Zig Zagged: Dracone decides to join the good guys. Hiro welcomes him on board warmly, but Lance isn't so receptive. Hiro is eventually swayed into distrusting Dracone just as Dracone saves Lance's baby sister, redeeming him in his eyes...
  • Averted:
    • Dracone switching sides is treated with as much mistrust as one would expect, given what he's done to them in the past.
    • The heroes acknowledges that Dracone has turn over a new leaf.
  • Enforced:
    • "The boys upstairs say we need a new good guy who's edgy and who doesn't play by the rules, but I don't want to change any of our characters!" "Just have a bad guy switch to the side of good. You can also do a 'is it real?' plotline too!"
    • "Let's show the audience that forgiveness and redemption doesn't always come easy as anyone would expect."
    • The writer wants to demonstrate how unforgiving the heroes can be.
  • Lampshaded:
  • Invoked:
    • Emperor Evulz, sensing that his right-hand man Dracone is growing bored and is possibly thinking about usurping him, suggests that he joins the side of good as The Mole, which he knows will break him to the point that he'll be a mindless puppet.
    • The heroes, who want to make sure that Dracone is truly reformed, give him cold stares and mutual distrust.
  • Exploited: As above, but with the added knowledge that the infighting created by the addition of a formerly-evil teammate will weaken the good guys enough to make them susceptible to attack.
  • Defied: "I know you've done wrong in the past, but I will give you the benefit of the doubt."
  • Discussed:
    Hiro: "I'm sorry Dracone, I know you're trying to do good, but we can't just forget everything you did."
    Dracone: "I'm under no illusions. You all still don't trust me."
  • Conversed: "These guys are awfully suspicious of Dracone; it's been months since he switched sides, you'd think he'd have proven himself by now!"
  • Deconstructed:
    • The icy reception from the forces of good causes Dracone to return to a life of evil, this time with a new motivation to destroy Hiro's gang for their refusal to accept his new-found goodness.
    • The addition of Dracone causes a lot of tension within Hiro's group, as they can't agree whether Dracone has truly reformed or if he's just playing them for fools. The group may even be divided over this disagreement.
    • Dracone decides to get the heroes to accept him into their team by helping them defeat the new threat, only for the heroes to deliberately leave Dracone badly defeated by the new villain as a way to repay him. When he cries for help, they ignored him and went to chase off the new villain themselves.
    • Dracone tries so hard to make the heroes to trust him that they still reject him at every opportunity. Hiro gives him a very harsh speech that no matter how hard he tries, he will never be forgiven for his actions. Because this was the last straw, Dracone kills himself. When the heroes learned that he committed suicide, they believe this as proof that he has never changed at all and are happy that the "criminal" is gone out of their lives. Nice Job Breaking It Heroes!
    • The heroes' stubborn refusal to forgive Dracone further establishes the switch of both alignments - Dracone turns good while Hiro and his crew become Fallen Heroes.
  • Reconstructed:
  • Played For Drama: Dracone has had a change of heart and decides to begin his Redemption Quest by helping the heroes, who were disgusted when they heard about this. The more Dracone always tries to help them, the more vehement they become and decided to mercilessly kill him.
  • Plotted A Good Waste: Hiro's group refusing to accept Dracone into their group is an early hint of the group's Fantastic Racism, which is used to gray things up a bit.

How can you be so sure that the main trope has cleaned up its act? It used to be full of natter and inflammatory posts, after all!

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