It's not fruitful or necessary to think in terms of heroes and villains. Just have a Protagonist and make sure he is given some measure of poetic justice in the end, which might mean having an ending which is mixture of win/lose. More complex, mature, and realistic (life isn't black and white). For example, the Protagonist of "Drive" wins, but loses something in the process of being such a violent antihero. Bad Leuitenant (the original) is 90 minutes of Harvey Keitel being the worst scumbag imaginable. It ends how it should (ditto Scarface).
all this silliness about "oh hes a good guy- oh now now hes bad" reeks of a silly trick on the audience. Concentrate on fundamentals not tricks. Aim to write something like The Verdict, not The Sixth Sense.
Poetic Justice and The Bittersweet Ending- two concrete writing techniques, much more useful than turning a good guy into bad guy.
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