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What makes it possible for a character to make a bona-fide Heel-Face Turn and still retain their characteristics as a villain? There are plenty of reasons for why his behavior remains despite changing his alignment:

  1. The reformed character may still harbor some form of resentment or disdain for the good guys, particularly The Hero.
  2. He is still hung on the ways of villainy, and he was very "sour grapes" on joining the heroes. Perhaps he may have been a Well-Intentioned Extremist who's now realized that his actions caused more harm than good, but he still hangs on to his ruthless ways as long as it doesn't hurt others, or maybe his evil powers have enlightened him a lot, but he now agrees to use it for the greater good instead of his self-serving reasons (though he won't dare say so). He'll still play dirty if there's no other option.
  3. He may be just naturally mean due to some Freudian Excuse which he rarely had gotten over for years to come.
  4. He is sadly fully aware that, no matter what, he will never be a model of Incorruptible Pure Pureness.


These tropes involve a change in character alignment but not their personality. The latter trope is where they develop into a more grey version of how they began (the subtrope). Watch for:

Not uncommon in a setting of Black and Gray Morality. This type of character is more likely to become The Hero's lancer and especially when the former is an Ideal Hero or The Cape. When it comes to this trope, turning over a new leaf is more complex than people would want it to be, which can often invoke the thought that Humans Are Flawed or at least bastards either way. Not to be confused with Reformed, but Rejected, where a character turns for the better, but others don't acknowledge it.

Also see Token Evil Teammate and Graying Morality. Compare Hazy Feel Turn and Vigilante Man .

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Examples of Reformed but Still Horned include:

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