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  • In the original English language manga Amazing Agent Luna, Timothy Hyatt, upon learning Elizabeth Westbrook is to be killed, switches sides and helps her escape. He later returns to deal with his former partner, Martin Williams.
  • Clem Hetherington: In the first book, "Clem Hetherington And The Ironwood Race", Brecht Ironwood had an epiphany after spending ten years as a tomb robber. From that point on, he dedicated his life to tracking down the artifacts he stole and sold on the black market to return them to the tombs they came from.
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  • Thugboy and Ninjette from Empowered started as Punch Clock Villains, but also thanks to the influence of the protagonist, they developed into Anti Heroes.
  • Garganta from Femforce debuted as a villain. Popular with readers, she was brought back as a recurring character, with her original rampage being revealed as a side-effect of the experiment that gave her her powers. She eventually became an auxiliary member of Femforce.
  • The "Chinese Gods", or what remained of them, in The Great Ten. After Celestial Archer introduced them to his patron goddess, who told them that they were simply altered humans, Gong Gong, Lei Zi, Kuan Ti, Lei Kung, and Chu Jung decided that they would fight alongside the Great Ten.
  • Hellboy is one of the most glaring examples. From birth, he was destined to usher in the apocalypse under the name Anung Un Rama as The Antichrist. Instead, he wants nothing to do with it and becomes an Anti Anti Christ, going as far as to keep his demon horns filed down.
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  • Powerplex in Invincible always considered himself a hero in his single-minded obsession with killing Invincible — but after Invincible left the planet for an extended period, he received counseling and a second chance as a member of the superhero team the Actioneers. However, when Invincible returned, he couldn't control himself and attacked him again. After finally accepting the fact that Invincible wasn't at fault for his sister's death and that the death of his wife and son were on his shoulders and his alone, Powerplex surrendered. In a later conversation with Cecil, Invincible learns that Powerplex was a real hero while he was away, and will be again after more counseling.
  • In the Irredeemable spinoff Incorruptible, former supervillain Max Damage realizes that The Plutonian's Face–Heel Turn will now leave the general public without a true Big Good to defend them. In response, he decides that he needs to step up for the people and becomes Max Daring.
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  • In the Madballs comic book published by Star Comics (a subsidiary of Marvel Comics that is now defunct), the second series Madballs and the Super Madballs were initially created by Dr. Viktor Frankenbeans to be Evil Counterparts to the original Madballs, but they ended up turning against the doctor and siding with the original Madballs.
  • King Sombra does so the end of "The Siege of the Crystal Empire" arc in the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic (IDW) comics, after realizing he's become the monster he saw in the Crystal Heart from a thousand years prior.
  • When first introduced in the Archie Comics Ninja Turtles book, Ninjara was a villainess, but she quickly switches sides when she realizes her employer was even worse than she thought he was.
  • In Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics), long-term villain Dimitri eventually reveals that his alliance with Eggman is so that he can "weaken the greatest evil this world's ever known from within." More recently, after Lien-Da left him for dead, he went over to the heroes' side completely, in the hope that he can one day atone for his actions as a villain.
    • As well, Shadow and Rouge did their own Heel-Face Turns, though Rouge was always on that border. For Shadow, it was finally getting tired of not knowing who he was that provoked the turn.
  • The Transformers has a number of Decepticons leave the cause, in part due to the Adaptational Heroism the faction has had, and also due to the truly wretched participants in the group.
    • Thundercracker leaves the Decepticons in The Transformers: All Hail Megatron, after the slaughter of thousands of humans as well as the conversion of almost three thousand of their own men into monsters due to the Decepticon experiments.
    • After the events of AHM, Dirge leaves the Decepticons after they abandon him, and he and Swindle aid the neutrals and Autobots during the post-war upraising in The Transformers: Robots in Disguise. Similarly, Tankor and Squawkbox depart from the Cons as well as they felt the peace achieved with Megatron's defeat was preferable to the fighting (Tankor himself went on to be a supporting cast member in the The Transformers: Windblade series).
    • The Transformers: Dark Cybertron ends with Megatron leaving the Decepticons, disillusioned with how far he'd fallen from his original goal of fighting for equality. In The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye, he ends up taking so many levels in kindness that he proves willing to lay down his life for organics he'd never met, despite his previous prejudice against organic life.
    • Ambulon became an Autobot after the Decepticons forcibly entered him into their (failed) combiner program, leaving him with the useless alt-mode of a leg in The Transformers: More than Meets the Eye. In season 2 Ravage joins the Lost Light crew to stay by Megatron's side both out of loyalty and seeing the massacre inflicted by the more zealous members of their side.
    • The Scavengers start out as a pack of corpse-looting petty thieves with some pretty nasty anti-organic bigotry. They grow out of it, eventually deciding to find traumatised post-war ex-Decepticons and help them recover.
      Crankcase: What you're describing sounds suspiciously like helping people.
      Krok: I know, because guess what? I think we'd be pretty good at it.
  • In Violine, the doctor after being declared the world champion of the Pygmies. Van Beursen, Muller and Marushka later have amnesia-induced ones.
  • The demons of Clean Room are universally evil, but one was turned from its nature by an unusually successful exorcism.
    • Also, the demons recruited a human banker to secure financial records in exchange for a cut of their profits. After fulfilling his end, the banker learned the truth of their aims and rebelled. It didn't work out for him.