Leaders that went from hero to villain

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Frank81

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Feb 2010
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Canary Islands-Spain
While reading about Verdun, Marshall Philippe Pétain comes inmediately to my mind

The man was so much honoured and respected back in 1916



Then, he become a shadow of himself during and after WWII



 
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Feb 2019
1,178
Serbia
Marmont maybe. He was known as a skilled commander during the Napoleonic Wars and was marshal. In the end he went down as the loser of Salamanca and a traitor to Napoleon.

Louis XVI after his attempted escape. Maybe Robespierre as well.
 
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Futurist

Ad Honoris
May 2014
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SoCal
What about this guy? :



Going from a respected businessman to an ill-behaved, ill-mannered, racist demagogue.

P.S.: If Naomasa's post is acceptable, then mine should be as well. After all, The Donald first achieved fame before 1991.
 

Futurist

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May 2014
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Adolf Hitler could have been viewed as a hero by Germans for achieving a lot of success between 1933 and 1940--overturning the Versailles Treaty, defeating France, et cetera--only to then become viewed as a villain once the Holocaust would have begun and the tide of the war would have begun turning against Germany.

Also, what about Robert E. Lee and Andrei Vlasov?
 
Oct 2018
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Sydney
Miltiades, Themistocles, Iphicrates, Tiberius, Caligula, Robespierre.

Also, a notable quote about Constantine by the Epitome de Caesaribus 41.16: '...for ten years a most excellent man, for the following twelve a brigand, for the last ten, on account of his unrestrained prodigality, a ward irresponsible for his own actions.'
 
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