There are some war/dystopian movies when, as some sort of violent regimen grows, former friends or acquaintances - who usually have opposing viewpoints to the protagonist, to some degree - end up becoming part of the regiment, usually as officials or authority figures of some sort.

Some examples:

  • "The Pianist" - a friend of Szpilman becomes a Ghetto Police Officer;
  • "Dr. Zhivago" - Pasha Antipov becomes Strelnikov;

The trope poses a symbolic question, IMO, as to the extent to which political divergences between you and some person you know are potentially dangerous if the power balance is disturbed.

  • So, yeah, I guess such a trope exists. Now what is the actual question you're asking here?
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Sep 6, 2016 at 14:36
  • @NapoleonWilson "(How do you call the) trope for a friend who gradually turns into an enemy as a war develops?" Sep 6, 2016 at 20:26
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    Please ask your question in the form of a question.
    – sanpaco
    Sep 6, 2016 at 22:50

1 Answer 1


Face Heel Turn, as coined in wrestling for a face character, the good guy, to turn into a heel, a bad guy. Also http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/BigBadSlippage or We Used to Be Friends if it's someone close to the main character. Any number of sub tropes to those really.


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