Obvious Judas was launched earlier this year, and it's about a good character who betrays his allies and becomes evil.
...sounds familiar? Because that's totally what the Face-Heel Turn trope is for. The only difference here is that for Obvious Judas, some troper expected the character to turn evil, but that's pretty subjective. Also, it's pretty easy to say in retrospect that you could have seen that one coming.
I think a merge would be a good idea here.
"Oh, no! Joe, the car salesman and our trusty ally, has betrayed us to the legions of evil!"
"Oh, no! Cypher Iscariot, the redheaded lawyer with a goatee who introduced himself by saying he needs 30 bucks and did his best to undermine Captain Righteous all the while, has betrayed us to the legions of evil!"
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Yeah, this is definitely a thing, and I know I've even commented on it, but I can't think of examples because I've been up for...way too long. But the definition needs tightening, and at least in the anime section, the existing examples are misuse.
edited 6th Sep '11 5:24:01 AM by SakurazakiSetsuna
^ Seems like a subtrope of that, and more like "Obvious Traitor," or more precisely, "this character will obviously betray the team in the future, even if they are all for it now."
Sort of a "totally trustworthy, honest..." sort of thing.
I can see how this can be a trope, but it doesn't need to be made to have a strong individual presence to differentiate it.
"My final prayer: O my body, always make me a man who questions!" — Frantz Fanon
This part of the trope's description makes me wonder if cutting it might be the best solution.
You just know that he'll eventually betray the group in some way or another, even though the writer has shown no evidence of this at all.
From what I can tell, that leaves this trope as a purely subjective audience reaction. I think there may be grounds for a trope about the creator(s) of a work making it pretty obvious that a character is going to betray his/her group, but if so, I feel like this trope's description needs to be edited a bit.
edited 9th Jan '12 1:02:59 PM by LouieW
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I don't think we should cut it. Either move it to YMMV or rewrite it to be objective.
The trope is compares itself to Narrowed It Down to the Guy I Recognize, which is YMMV. No reason this can't be made the same.
Either that or we can try to make it about ways of foreshadowing that character will be the traitor.