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Face Heel Turn / Film

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  • Anakin Skywalker of the Star Wars saga, who turned his back on the Jedi to become the ruthless Darth Vader.
    • A lesser known occurrence is when Count Dooku left the Jedi Order and became a Sith. Also many Jedi in the non-canon Star Wars Legends Expanded Universe.
    • In Return of the Jedi, Palpatine tries to get Luke Skywalker to do this, to give in to the rage he's feeling towards Vader and become his apprentice on the Dark Side. It doesn't work out.
    • In The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren was Luke's pupil and nephew, formerly called Ben Solo, in the new Jedi Order, but he gave in to the Dark Side and exterminated the new Jedi, driving Luke into hiding as the last known Jedi Knight.
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  • David "Rooster" Fisk in Righteous Kill, who lost his faith in legal justice due to a child killer getting Off on a Technicality thanks to Turk's actions, leading Rooster to become a vigilante Serial Killer.
  • While Kevin Flynn remains a protagonist throughout the entire TRON franchise, his program Clu turns HARD in TRON Legacy. The comic book, however, makes it arguable as to whether Clu was ever a Face to begin with.
  • In Born Innocent, Chris Parker (Linda Blair) a non-crimialized offender, is sent to a reform school after running away from her family. Her brother refused custody of her, and though best Is seen at the end lieing about instigating a riot in the dorm against the house mother when she was refused shampoo.
  • In Undercover Brother the title character turns his back on the Brotherhood after he falls in lust with Penelope Snow. Luckily Sista Girl brings him back to his senses.
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  • Alec Trevelyan of the James Bond film GoldenEye seems to be like this during the reveal of him being Janus. But as it turns out, he's been plotting revenge against the British government for the betrayal of his family, who were Lienz Cossacks.
  • Scrappy from the first live-action Scooby-Doo movie. He went all evil because the gang kicked him out years ago and wanted revenge by taking over the Earth with demons. Though the flashback to him marking his territory on Daphne seems to indicate he was always a jerkass, and we just didn't know it.
  • Harvey "Two-Face" Dent in The Dark Knight.
  • Sentinel Prime in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He takes this up a notch by seizing Megatron's position as the new leader of the Decepticons.
  • The trope image gets lampshaded in Muppets from Space where Rizzo the Rat tries to plead with Hulk Hogan by saying "What will your fans think?" The response: "Hey, I'm a bad guy now."
  • X-Men Film Series
    • X2: X-Men United shows Pyro defecting to the Brotherhood, and the following one has him going full "fuck you, I'm evil!".
    • X-Men: First Class:
      • Angel joins the Hellfire Club when Shaw kills every human in the CIA building.
      • Magneto counts in the same movie, going from being a cynical Anti-Hero friend of Xavier's to a genocidal Well-Intentioned Extremist who is Xavier's enemy.
      • Raven starts off Xavier's friend and adoptive sister, ends up leaving to be with Magneto. Of course, she sees it differently.
    • And in X-Men: Days of Future Past, once Magneto is imprisoned, she embraces the heel without shame.
    • In The Wolverine, Ichirō Yashida was apparently a genuinely nice and caring man once, but when his cancer started destroying him, he became obsessed with immortality and turned evil.
  • In The Incredibles, Buddy Pine's career as Incredi-Boy is short-lived when he is rejected by his idol, Mr. Incredible. But Mr. Incredible learns the hard way that some people are Not Good with Rejection when he goes up against Syndrome, who is actually Buddy all grown up and out for revenge.
  • Over the course of Mean Girls, the friendly and good-hearted Cady usurps Regina's position and becomes the mean-spirited Alpha Bitch of the school. She goes through a subsequent Heel–Face Turn when she's confronted with her actions. Also, Jo in the sequel.
  • Theodora in Oz: The Great and Powerful starts off on the side of Oz, believing him to be the prophesied wizard, but due to the machinations of her sister Evanora, she ends up becoming a Wicked Witch.
  • Terri in Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth. Feeling betrayed by everyone, Terri chooses to join Pinhead, and becomes a Cenobite.
  • Elysia in Warriors of Virtue. Prior to the movie's events, her brother was killed by Yun, which led to her developing a grudge towards him and her turning to Komodo. During the movie, though, she does develop a soft spot for him and thinks of him as a brother. It's this that leads to a near Heel–Face Turn, changing her back to what she was before. Undortunately, her decision to protect Ryan ends in Redemption Equals Death.
  • Kingsman: The Secret Service:
    • Arthur became The Mole for Valentine sometime prior to the film taking place.
    • After being kicked out of the Kingsmen training program, Charlie and his family join Valentine's plan, being some of the chosen few who will be spared from the upcoming genocide.
  • Kingsman: The Golden Circle: Whiskey is working against Statesman and Kingsman's efforts to get the antidote to Poppy's tainted drugs. Not because he's working with her (he's not), but because he happens to hate drug users enough to want them all dead for personal reasons.
  • Part of the backstory of Mother Malkin in Seventh Son. She was a good witch until Master Gregory married another woman, driving her to submit to the forces of darkness and become queen of the evil witches.
  • In the fifth Terminator film, Genisys, John Connor is turned into a Terminator, and is sent to kill both his mother, Sarah Connor, and his father Kyle Reese.
  • The Velociraptor pack in Jurassic World have been trained and raised by Owen Grady as something like hunting dogs, hunting down the Indominus Rex. However, since the hybrid has raptor DNA, she convinces the raptors to turn on their alpha and the humans in general. They do, however, switch sides only for Charlie to get blown up, and Delta and Echo get killed by the I. Rex herself.
  • In Pixels, Pac-Man, good guy in the games, turns into one of the antagonists the heroes must face.
  • Dr. Weir from Event Horizon. Played With in the fact he may be possessed by the ship itself.
  • Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Even though he always had a knack for mischief, Loki Used to Be a Sweet Kid, and it is implied that for centuries before the events of Thor he was The Lancer who fought alongside his brother. It is his act of letting Jötunns into Asgard on Thor's coronation day that started him Slowly Slipping Into Evil, and the following Reveal of his troubled ancestry exacerbated the matter.
  • Baahubali: Queen Mother Savigama starts off as a kindly queen protecting her people and her sons, but evolves into a cruel and capricious woman due to Bhallaladeva's manipulations and her hatred of Amarendra's wife Devasena. She does have a Heel Realization after having Amarendra killed, and sacrifices herself to save his son.
  • Kid Culprit in Beyond The Lights. In the beginning he's kind of annoying and not exactly Mr. Sensitivity (sexting your girlfriend right after she tries to take her own life? Classy, REAL classy!). But he's basically all right. After Noni breaks up with him (because she's started to fall for Kaz and realizes that he's the one she wants to be with), however...hoo, boy! The Jerkass basically sexually assaults Noni on stage during their BET Awards performance (doing everything from shoving her head into his crotch to literally trying to rip her clothes off!), practically BRAGS that he's been cheating on her, claims HE dumped HER and calls her a bitch, a freak and his "sloppy seconds" (while GRABBING HIS CROTCH, no less!)- all on NATIONAL TV! Yeah, can't exactly blame Officer Hero for punching the guy's lights out!


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