Flash: "I can never figure you out! One minute, you're a hero, the next you're a criminal!"
Catwoman: "I'm a complicated woman."
~ Catwoman, when The Flash calls her out on her constantly changing alignment.

Characters who sometimes act as villains and sometimes they don't. Typically, this means that they "switch sides" (i.e. go back and forth) more than twice. Many of these villains also may be anti-heroes.

This may also include villains that, after they complete their goals, move on without remorse, as they do nothing to make up for what they did and were merely successful in their goals, then removed or retired themselves from the action (e.g. the Hatbox Ghost, Takato Keisuke, etc.)


  • These villains can never be redeemed as On & Off villains still have tendencies to switch sides and commit evil actions. However, they can be redeemed if they finally stop switching sides, or if they were explicitly shown redeeming. An example is Lock, Shock, and Barrel, who redeemed themselves by the end of their movie but have reverted to being antagonists/neutral characters in some future appearances.
  • None if these characters are Pure Evil because there are no breaks in the Pure Evil villains villainy.
    • However, some On & Off villains can still be psychopaths if their villainous acts are horrible enough and show significant ruthlessness, even crossing the Moral Event Horizon at times. A good examples of such a villain is Eric Cartman.
  • In addition, villains who have joined or temporarily join the heroes' side out of PRAGMATIC and SELF-SERVING needs but still retains their villainous way, can NEVER count as On & Off. Either some of them have already returned into evil or these kinds of villains will drop their hero facade ways once their needs and/or wants are fulfilled (e.g. Shang TsungSōsuke Aizen, Caesar Clown, Makuta Teridax, Flintheart Glomgold, Lots-o'-Huggin' BearSlade, Vilgax, Frieza, Evolt, Bill Cipher, Alpha, Lucifer, Reed Richards, and Byron Hadley).

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