Dracone makes a Face-Heel Turn by joining the villains, but they are not convinced of his corruption.
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...
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.
"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."
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."
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!"
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.
But in time, he relents and realizes that they had to act like that to stay safe, and rejoins them - this time for good.
Dracone works to reunite the group after the split, and this act helps the dissenters accept his change. After all, whether anyone likes it or not, Dracone is here to stay and serve the greater good; All of the doubters, especially the heroes, as he puts it, can all kiss his ass.
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.