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"You know, I used to be like you. One day, you'll learn, that the more you hurt others, the harder your life becomes. It's simple. Your desire to kill is killing you!"

  • Piccolo Jr. to Dr. GeroThese are characters who used to be evil, worked with/for villains, or worked in their own interests at the expense of others, but are currently changed in heart for the heroism.

This category is for all villains that are no longer evil, which can entail joining their former hero enemies or simply giving up on their evil cause (whatever it may be). In some aspects, many villains walk a thin line between heroism and evil, indeed some villains have given into remorse, sympathy or even empathy, and once arrogant villains ascend further into the path of good, often fighting alongside or protecting people they fought against, they begin to turn away from their old ways.

Originally antagonists or somewhat bad guys, these villains have redeemed themselves due to events in their lives, such as an idealism or encouragement from another hero, their positive change of heart, a good relationship with others, recognizing their own inner goodness and capacity for good, or even betrayal from the dark side to the good side. A villain turned to the good side is usually the end-result of an antagonist exposed to the Messiah and pure of heart and occassionally a charismatic Hero. Some villains turned to the good side can even become pure of heart in order to add drama.

There are several ways a villain can redeem themselves including:

  • Snapping out of a possessed or brainwashed state and deciding to aid the hero who freed them. The villain is a hypnotized, brainwashed or possessed pawn who does not know they are being controlled until they are freed. Grateful to whatever hero freed them, they ally with them. Cyrax is an example.
  • Being exposed to the Messiah or incorruptible type of hero that helps them to see their errors. Usually done with delusional, honorable or insecure characters (the villain can also have all those traits) who believe they are doing right, or just want to be loved. The hero reveals to them that their actions are actually causing harm, or tries to confort them. The individual chooses their desire for rightionsous over what they have done, and/or decides the hero had helped them see what they were doing was wrong, and becomes a full-time hero. Prince Zuko, and Gaara are three prime examples of this.
  • Choosing honor before evil. An honorable villain decides that their own honor, or the honor of something or someone else is more important than what they are doing and decide to abandon their evil actions. Often done with supporting antagonists who value the lives of innocent people over working with their evil/cruel masters such as Phoebus from Disney's The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • Becoming friends with someone and decide to help them over being evil, such as Axel. He had planned on betraying Organization XIII with Saïx, but over time he build a friendship with 2 other members, Roxas and Xion and decided he was happier being with them rather then plotting with Saïx.
  • Choosing their family over evil. Done with villains who have families and to care for them. They realize that their actions are actually hurting their spouses, children, siblings, or any other members in their family. A memorable example is Anakin Skywalker (a.k.a. Darth Vader) and Michael Afton.
  • Being memory-wiped or brainwashed into becoming a hero and deciding that they like their new personality and life better then their old ones when they inevitably learn the truth. This is the rarest and most controversial form of a villain redeeming themselves since they did not turn good by their own free will and essentially had to be programmed into being good. Reserved only for villains who would normally be a complete monster under their circumstances, the audience or reader meets them as a hero first, not knowing they are brainwashed or have fake memories. The "hero" does not know this either and is just as horrified as the viewer when they learn the truth about the horrible things they have done or regain their real memories. But they have spent so much time as a hero and living with an artificial good personality that they choose their new life over their former one and become true heroes. Famous examples are Darth Revan, Piccolo, and Master Xehanort.
  • Betrayed by their fellow villainous allies/bosses, which made them choose to turned to the good side. After they tasked to antagonized hero and their deed success, their allies/bosses dump them away or tries to kill them straight away, in either way, the said villain escape. Having see their errors (and in the worst case, hunted down by the Big Bad or their former ally), they choose to turned to the good side by join forces with heroes. Discord is an good example.

IMPORTANT: If the character is currently in an On & Off status, do not add them unless they stayed good right up the very end of the story.

This is also counted as "Heel-Face Turn."

This term is taken from TV tropes. See the original article.

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