In some cases, characters start off as genuinely good people, but circumstances tempt or force them into a life of villainy. In other cases, characters are actually evil all along, but their sinister motivations are not revealed to the viewer until the other characters learn the truth. In one case, a character tries desperately to make himself good, but ultimately gives in to his innate villainy. No matter the circumstances, it's fascinating to watch someone who seemed to be morally just give in and embrace the dark side.
Deadman Wonderland is an anime set in a prison, so as one might expect, some of the characters are actual criminals, while others were nudged into a life of crime by circumstance. Shiro is one of the latter; at first, she was a sweet little girl who wanted nothing more than to have a good time with her best friend Ganta.
Thanks to years of excruciating torture, Shiro developed a second personality called the Wretched Egg, which pops up whenever it's not being actively repressed. When Ganta visits the titular prison with his classmates, the Wretched Egg slaughters every one of them except Ganta, causing him to become the prime suspect, and landing him in prison with her.Is this a drastic change of heart?
Sōsuke Aizen of Bleach is secretly a villain from the start, but most viewers don't know this until a major plot twist occurs. At first, he seems like a nice guy who is totally dedicated to Soul Society. He's a bit of a stickler about rules, but acting lawfully doesn't make someone a villain. As it turns out, his whole persona was a front meant to disguise his true intention, which is to crush Soul Society. His plan is set in motion when he fakes his own death, implicating Soul Society's newest members (Ichigo and his friends) as potential murder suspects in the process.Is this a drastic change of heart?
Kirei Kotomine of Fate/Stay Night is particularly interesting, as he seems to be inherently villainous, yet he worked for most of his life to become good. His father wanted him to be "beautiful," but the patriarch's beliefs about beauty were not ones that Kirei could understand. The only thing that Kirei found beautiful was causing other people pain; for someone expected to lead a religious life, this was a problem.
Although he spends many years working tirelessly to overcome his nature, he eventually gives in to his base desires, and indulges in the suffering of others with reckless abandon. He even goes so far as to use the Holy Grail to wish for humanity's end in some versions of the Fate universe.Is this a drastic change of heart?
When Akira begins, Tetsuo Shima is a decent kid. Sure, he's technically a gang member, and he's not totally incapable of violence, but his crimes are largely redeemable ones. When Tetsuo accidentally comes close to running over a psychic kid named Takashi, the boy uses his telekinetic powers to protect himself, and ends up inadvertently injuring Tetsuo. Since Takashi's existence is a well-kept state secret, the Japanese government quickly picks up Tetsuo and subjects him to painful experiments that grant him uncontrollable psychic powers.
As it turns out, Tetsuo is one of the most powerful psychics ever, and he's more than happy to use his strength to control others. He begins to rally his own army, and revels in watching his followers' heads explode after he makes them ingest drugs that amplify psychic energy. By the end of the movie, he's attacking the city and killing everyone in sight.Is this a drastic change of heart?